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Dental Implants: How Bone Loss Affects Your Candidacy Marietta, GA

Dental Implants: How Bone Loss Affects Your Candidacy

Marietta GA Restorative Dentist

Without a doubt, dental implants are the most superior solution for replacing missing teeth. While bridges, dentures and partials rely on clasps, surrounding teeth or hoods to keep prosthetic teeth in place, dental implants are the only method that uses your actual jawbone to secure your restorations. The fact that dental implants involve the replacement of both the lost tooth as well as the lost tooth root is what gives them unrivaled advantages over other restorative options.

The role of bone loss in dental implants

When a tooth goes missing, the natural tooth root is not there to properly stimulate the jawbone. Daily stimulation, through chewing and other dental functions, is what helps the jawbone retain its density. Therefore, over time, tooth loss can lead to bone loss. When the underlying bone atrophies, it can alter the fit of traditional dentures as well as lead to premature facial aging due to a hallowed lower face.

While dental implants are the only restorative solution that prevents this progression of bone loss, they also require a certain amount of jawbone to be placed. If a patient waits too long after missing teeth to seek dental implants, the jawbone may have already lost density. The process happens quicker than you may think. When you lose a tooth, the body naturally starts to leach the calcium from that area of the jaw for other areas in the body (also known as resorption). Without natural stimulation, the jawbone can lose up to 25% of its density within the first year alone! The lesson: don’t wait to replace a missing tooth!

What can you do if bone is already lost?

Don’t worry; if x-rays reveal that your bone is already deteriorated but you’d still like to get dental implants, there are procedures that can rebuild your bone structure and qualify you for dental implants. In general, bone grafting is a widely used, straightforward procedure that can restore jawbone density for implants.

To learn more about tooth replacement from Marietta’s finest dental team, call Gilreath Family Dentistry today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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