Dental implants are an increasingly popular treatment for patients have missing or damaged teeth due to infection, decay, or injury. Dental implants restore the appearance and functionality of your smile, while also preserving and promoting your oral health.
Dr. Michael H. Mulkey of Lost Mountain Dental at Due West in Marietta, GA is affiliated with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, along with several other professional organizations, and has many years of experience performing dental implant surgery at his Marietta practice.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are titanium screws designed to mimic the roots of natural teeth. The implant is surgically embedded in the jaw bone and prosthetic teeth — crowns — are mounted atop them. Dental implants can replace missing or damaged teeth one at a time or several dental implants can be used to secure a full arch of dentures. Not only do dental implants restore the appearance of your smile, but you will be able to bite and chew with them just as you did with your natural teeth.
Why Get Implants?
Dental implants provide patients with many advantages over more established missing tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges. Implants require no special care or cleaning outside of the same conscientious care you should provide to all your teeth. This means brushing twice daily, flossing every day and seeing Dr. Mulkey or your area dentist every 6 months for examinations and thorough cleanings.
Implants also help to preserve jaw bone and gum tissue in your mouth, preventing facial regression — that is shrinking of the mouth due to receding bone and gums — and reduces the risk of gum disease and additional tooth loss from shifting. Dental implants promote a healthy, natural bite, allowing recipients to enjoy a diet without restriction. Therefore, dental implants are more than a cosmetic restoration, they also preserve your oral health.
Who Can Benefit From Dental Implants?
All people with missing or damaged teeth are potential candidates for dental implants although you must have damaged teeth removed prior to the procedure. However, those that have been missing teeth for a substantial amount of time may need bone graft surgeries to build back up the bone tissue of the jaw enough to support an implant. This is why it’s important to see your dentist soon after losing a tooth.
Where to Find Dental Implant Treatment
You need an experienced, highly-trained dentist to perform the dental implant procedure, which is why Dr. Mulkey wants you to consider Lost Mountain Dental for dental implants. Dr. Mulkey believes in empowering his patients to seek their own good oral health and have the smile of their dreams. To see if Dr. Mulkey and Lost Mountain Dental would be a good fit to perform your dental implant procedure, schedule a consultation online or call (678) 212-1280 today.