Dental Implants

Q. My mother has difficulty with her partial dentures. I have heard that dental implants are another option. What are the benefits of getting dental implants?

A. Dental implants would be a great option. Dental implants are titanium tooth root replacements that can be used to stabilize your mother’s existing dentures or to replace the dentures altogether with teeth (crowns) that are permanently affixed to the jawbones. Implants are the closest you can get to having your natural teeth back. The bone in the jaws only exists to support the teeth. When a tooth is lost the bone starts being lost as well. So, it is important to get a missing tooth replaced sooner rather than later. Placement of an implant gives the jawbone something to support, preventing bone loss due to tooth loss. Over time, so much bone can be lost that bone grafting is required to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant. Bone grafts can come from your own living tissues or the tissues of donors. There are even totally synthetic bone grafting materials available today. The best thing to do about a missing tooth is to see your dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible.

Bill Childress, D.D.S., M.D.,

and Karl Meyer, D.D.S., M.D.

East Brainerd Oral Surgery

Suite 110

1350 Mackey Branch Drive

Chattanooga, Tn. 37421

(423) 296-8210

www.eastbrainerdoms.com