Dr. Brenda Paulen believes that a healthy smile radiates confidence and is an essential part of overall physical health and wellness. Dr. Paulen has adopted a unique ‘Dental Fitness’ program to objectively measure and track your optimum oral and dental wellness progress.
The Dental Fitness program emphasizes the benefits of a healthy smile to overall well-being. We can work with you on an individual basis to keep your smile healthy, often making disease management more predictable and minimizing the possible side effects. Dental implants in our Atlanta, GA dental office are a part of maintaining dental fitness. One or more dental implants strengthen jaw function and improve oral health.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that can replace the whole tooth down to the root. Replacing the tooth root replicates the function and feel of natural teeth. Dental implants are surgically planted into the jawbone, below the empty tooth socket, with a titanium post. The bone bonds with the post, forming a solid foundation. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.
Will dental implants cure gum disease?
Dental implants do not cure gum disease. When it comes to having dental implants placed, ideal candidates are free from gum disease. However, many people looking to get dental implants probably have some form of gum disease.
Your dentist may recommend gum disease treatment before deciding if you are a candidate for implants. It is important to have gum disease treated as soon as possible to allow for dental implants. If diagnosed early, it can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning. If the gum disease is left untreated, gum disease has been tied to a range of oral and systemic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, or auto-immune disorders.
Signs and symptoms of gum disease:
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Sores in the mouth
Will dental implants stop bone loss?
Dental implants are placed directly in the area where the root of the missing tooth used to be and are placed in the alveolar bone; they can help stop bone loss, strengthen the jawbone and even reverse bone loss. Because the titanium post has to fuse with the bone, it is further strengthening the area. Dental implants have the added benefit of ensuring that your jaw and the gum tissue will remain strong and healthy for years to come.
Call (404) 418-7734 or schedule an appointment with us online at Proudsmiles to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants and a healthier smile.