Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery is an Atlanta based oral surgery practice that specializes in dental implants. Dental implants are used in a number of different oral surgery procedures including denture stabilization. Dental implants are becoming a more common part of dentistry in recent years but have been used for over 30 years. If you have questions Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery will be happy to schedule a consultation so we can answer any questions you have about the dental implant process.
At Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery, we have the expertise required to handle dental implants no matter the application. Dental implants serve as a sturdy foundation for your beautiful and new replacement teeth. When we perform your dental implants, you are left with new teeth that both look and work like your original teeth! Losing a tooth can both hinder your appearance and your quality of life. Eating the foods you love becomes tougher or impossible, and many of our patients found that they were less confident and hid their smiles from the world. Dental implants ensure you can enjoy everything in life and smile your widest while doing it. Keeping your mouth healthy can keep issues such as unwanted facial contouring, and painful experiences with cracked or broken teeth. When you lose a tooth, often times the bone within your jaw will also begin to decay, and can create further issues with your facial structure down the road.
There are many options available in today’s world of dentistry, and dental implants might not be the right choice. Dr. Damion Rockwell will examine and consult you on all of your options, and recommend dental implants if that is the best path for you to restore your mouth to its absolute best health. Recent X-rays will be required to get a complete idea of what we are working with, and we will work with you every step of the way on your way to a better smile.
Dental implants are used as a substitute for your natural tooth root. Dental implants have a screw-like appearance and act like the roots of your teeth. Dental implants are screwed into your jawbone and they actually bond to your jawbone. A piece that acts as a connector called an abutment is used to attach the crowns or dentures to the actual implant or implants.
Sufficient Bone Height and Width – Dental implants require enough bone width and height to support an implant. If there is not enough bone an additional procedure called bone grafting may be needed before a dental implant can be used.
Age – If you are not 18 years old or older you may not have reached your full facial growth potential. Individuals who are not fully developed facially should not have implants. Anyone over the age of 18 should be old enough to receive a dental implant without complications due to bone growth.
Individuals with Dentures – Implants can keep dentures secure in the positions within your mouth. Ball and or bar supported dentures will allow you to chew and speak normally.
Individuals with Missing or Extracted Teeth – Bone loss starts to take place immediately after a tooth is missing or extracted. A dental implant will actually help you build a stronger bone structure.
Bone Loss Reduction – When a tooth is missing bone loss starts to take place immediately thereafter. Implants help your jaw to retain its natural bone.
Stability – Implants create a stable foundation to which a crown or denture can be attached. Dentures will remain secure with implants.
Improved Speech – It is not secret that speaking with dentures can be a challenge. This is due to the fact that dentures can move and slide while you are speaking. Dental implants allow your dentures to stay secure in one place which allows for better clarity when speaking.
Easier to Chew – Chewing is always difficult when you have dentures. Implants can allow you to chew foods that would be impossible to chew with traditional dentures. You should still avoid sticky foods with implants to avoid straining the implants.
Cost – Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Traditional dentures will usually only last 5-10 years on average. The cost of having dental implants can save you a substantial amount of money in the long run.
Less Mess – People with traditional dentures need to use adhesives to keep dentures in place. Not only are these adhesives ineffective, they are also messy. Implants allow you to eliminate the mess that comes with traditional dentures.
Dental implants will change the way you enjoy your life. With dental implants from our Atlanta office, you will restore the enjoyment that comes with laughing, eating, and appreciating life.