Missing teeth is a problem that plagues millions of Americans. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimate that almost 7 out of every 10 American adults is missing at least one tooth. If you have suffered from tooth loss, you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. However, do not allow yourself to make the mistake of becoming complacent with idea of tooth loss and its effects on the health of your mouth.  

Over time, if the gaps left by missing teeth are untreated, the underlying jaw bone can begin to deteriorate. This can ultimately lead to a condition known as facial collapse, which can dramatically affect both your appearance and the treatment options available to address the problem.

Are Dentures the Only Answer?

For years, the solution to missing teeth was to be fitted with dentures in Atlanta, GA. While these do assist in maintaining your ability to perform some oral functions, they do not properly address the problem of bone loss. Studies have proven within the initial stages of facial collapse, the ability for dentures to remain anchored in your mouth is also affected. Eventually, there simply isn’t enough jaw bone left to support the structure, which causes dentures to float or even slip out at inopportune moments.

Dental implants, on the other hand, do not create this problem. They remain permanently affixed to the jaw bone. Yet their benefits to your jaw don’t cease there.  Implants promote the growth of new, healthy bone over time. Thus, implants not only reverse the effect of bone deterioration, but they can also assist in maintaining your facial structure.

Beyond the benefit of reversing bone loss, there are many other benefits that dental implants provide over dentures, such as:

 ·         A similar aesthetic appearance to normal, healthy teeth
 ·         The ability to consume many of the same foods
 ·         Results that can last up to 20 years

Dr. Gregg Codelli and the rest of our staff here want you to know that you are not alone in your fight against tooth loss. If you are an ideal candidate, then dental implants can provide you the relief needed to overcome the potential for facial collapse, reclaiming your beautiful smile. If you are ready to trust Dr. Codelli to resolve your concerns, please give us a call today at (470) 235-4754.