Dental Implants: Reclaim a More Youthful Appearance - Dr. Colin Richman

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Dental Implants: Reclaim a More Youthful Appearance

April 27, 2012

By: Dr. Colin Richman

If you have lost one or more teeth, it can make you look older than you are. This is especially true if you have lost multiple teeth. Tooth loss leads to atrophy of the jawbone, which can, in the long term, change the overall shape of your face. Dental implants provide a permanent replacement for missing teeth, giving you back your youthful smile.

Why Dental Implants?

Dental implants will keep your jaw healthier and give you a more natural looking smile than traditional dentures. With implants, you won’t have to worry about your teeth becoming dislodged or moving around in your mouth. Care of your implants is much the same as care of your natural teeth. No special adhesives or rinses are required.

If you choose dentures, you might discover that they shift in your mouth, causing discomfort over time. You will also find that your jawbone will begin to diminish because dentures do not stimulate the bone tissue to regenerate. In time, the shape of your face will shift because of this loss of tissue. The root portions of your implants keep the jawbone healthy by stimulating it to grow.

Am I a Candidate for Implants?

Before you decide to have dental implants, it is important to consult with a periodontist to see if you are a good candidate. Because implants are placed directly into the jawbone, your existing bone tissue should be evaluated to be sure it can support implants. If the tissue has degenerated, bone grafts can give you the increased bone mass necessary for a successful procedure.

It’s also important that you be in good overall health before the procedure. This will ensure that you heal quickly and thoroughly without complications. Autoimmune disorders or diabetes can affect your ability to heal. The condition of your gums is also important. If you are suffering from gum disease, a periodontist can help ensure that your gums are in good health prior to placing dental implants.

Once you have your implants, your smile will look natural and beautiful for many years to come. To find out how implants can help you, please contact the office of Dr. Colin Richman, serving Alpharetta and the surrounding areas. Call 770-442-1010 to schedule your visit.

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