Do you have pain or discomfort biting and chewing hard foods? Are missing teeth making you self-conscious about your smile? Dental implants can help. Implants are dental restorations that replace missing teeth at the root, creating a stable foundation for a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. We welcome our patients to learn what dental implants can do for their smiles in East Cobb, GA. Implants are the premier restoration for one or more permanent lost teeth.
Fixing Problems with Dental Implants in East Cobb, GA
If you are missing one or more permanent teeth, you can address these issues that arise in your smile with dental implants:
Missing teeth create gaps in the smile that affect the smile’s health. In addition, even a single missing tooth can lead to dental drift, which occurs when the remaining teeth shift to fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth. As a result, teeth can be overcrowded. Patients with overcrowded teeth are more at risk of developing cavities and gum disease because it is more difficult to clean between overcrowded teeth.
The Smile’s Aesthetics
Patients with missing teeth may also feel the need to cover their smile in social situations and may avoid smiling or laughing as a result. Dental implants support single dental crowns, bridges for rows of missing teeth, and dentures for full arches of lost teeth. We use porcelain materials that are color-matched to patients’ smiles for brighter teeth and natural-looking restorations.
Problems with Eating and Speaking
Lost permanent teeth make it more difficult to bite and chew. Patients with one or more missing teeth often feel discomfort when trying to eat hard or chewy foods. Missing teeth can also lead to speech problems. Patients are more prone to experiencing problems speaking if they are missing teeth in the front of the mouth that touch the tongue when making certain sounds. Missing teeth can also reduce bone in the jaw, leading to structural and aesthetic issues.
Jaw and Bite Problems
One or more missing teeth create bite issues. Gaps in the smile create an imbalanced bite, placing pressure on the natural teeth and the jaw. Over time, patients with imbalanced bites can develop increased problems like TMD. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) create pain in the teeth and jaw and can lead to teeth clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism. Filling tooth gaps with dental implants creates a fuller and more stable bite. Replacing missing teeth can also prevent uneven pressure on the jaw and teeth.
Do you want to learn more about what dental implants ts can do for your smile? Schedule a dental appointment with us online or call Sea of Pearls Dental Boutique today at 470.431.1580.