Learn more about dental implants in Athens GA
When considering tooth replacement options, it is important to understand the basics of the procedures. Dr. Matthew McRae Jr. often recommends replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Athens, GA. We will explain a dental implant procedure, the parts of a dental implant, as well as the benefits of dental implants over more traditional tooth replacement options.
Dental implants are made of three equally important pieces: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the crown. The first stage of a dental implant procedure involves the titanium implant itself. The implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. After placement, the implant fuses with the jaw bone, mimicking a natural tooth and root system.
Following the healing of the implant placement, the second step in a dental implant procedure is to attach the abutment. A small piece of the implant will be exposed just above the gum line, and the abutment is fitted over that piece. Once the abutment has been secured, the crown is then placed over the abutment. The crown is the piece that looks and feels like your real tooth.
Fixed bridges and partial dentures are the traditional methods of replacing missing teeth, and were historically the only option to replace a single missing tooth. While fixed bridges and partial dentures are still common and safe procedures, they can be problematic for the patient.
The placement of fixed bridges can damage surrounding healthy teeth, as they are ground down to be used as the supports for a bridge. Bridges will usually require replacement at least once over a lifetime and possibly even more frequently, depending on the age of the patient. Partial dentures incur similar problems, requiring maintenance and replacement as well as exacerbating bone loss. Both options carry a 30 percent failure rate within five to seven years, and replacement or maintenance costs often make them a more expensive replacement option in the long run.
Dental implant procedures typically do not carry the same problems for patients as traditional methods. Dental implants have a higher success rate and promote your overall oral health. Mimicking your natural tooth and root system, dental implants foster a strong connection with the jaw bone and slow or help prevent further bone loss.
There are over 50 years of science and research backing the success of dental implant procedures, supporting the claim that dental implants are often the best long term solution to replace missing teeth. Call the office of Dr. McRae today to learn more about dental implants in Athens, GA.