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The Risks of Avoiding Tooth Replacement Marietta, GA

The Risks of Avoiding Tooth Replacement

Dental Procedure Marietta GA

You may have one of many excuses on why you are delaying to replace your missing teeth. Perhaps the missing tooth is not visible when you smile or talk or not causing any discomfort when you chew. You may also be prolonging a tooth replacement because of the expense or fear of the recovery procedure itself.

Regardless of your excuse, you should know that postponing or delaying tooth replacement can lead to a number of dental complications, including those that affect the aesthetics of your smile and those that impact your oral health. If such problems should occur, your smile repair investment will be far greater than the initial cost of dentures or dental implants.

Shifting Teeth

Think that just one missing tooth is no problem? Think again. Even a single missing tooth can cause your adjacent teeth to shift out of position. This may create a crooked smile and even affect the way you chew and speak. Additionally, shifting teeth and crooked teeth may also restrict your ability to clean your teeth properly – thus leading to problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Bone Loss

Missing teeth can also cause jawbone loss. It is a true fact that the jaw bone begins to melt away without proper stimulation by a tooth root. Jaw bone loss can cause premature facial aging and a sunken appearance in your lower face if not treated. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents atrophy of the jaw bone. It is a more structurally complete solution than bridges and dentures because it includes a prosthetic tooth as well as an artificial tooth “root”.

If you wait too long to get dental implants after missing teeth, however, you may have to undergo bone grafting to ensure the success of dental implants. Although this procedure is commonly performed, it does add to the expense and recovery of your dental implants.

For more information about dental implants, call Gilreath Family Dentistry. We welcome the opportunity to restore your smile using the very latest in implants dentistry!

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

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Our Client Reviews
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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