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Struggling with tooth loss? Our Lawrenceville, GA, dentist offers many ways to replace missing teeth, with one of the most popular and effective options being dental implants. Today, more and more patients are turning to implants for they are as close to real teeth as you can get. Have questions about this treatment? Read on to learn the answers.
What is a dental implant and how does it work?
An implant is a small post made from a biocompatible metal, such as titanium, that is placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of your missing tooth. From there, a connector (known as an abutment) is placed on top of the implant to hold the false tooth in place. When replacing a single tooth, a dental crown is cemented over the implant to complete the restoration.
How do I acquire a dental implant?
In order to get implants, you will have to undergo a minor surgery at our Lawrenceville office so that our dentist can place the metal post into the jawbone. This procedure is minor and can be performed under local anesthesia and sedation. Placing an implant is simple and only takes about 30-60 minutes per implant.
Can implants support my dentures?
Absolutely! If you are missing all of your teeth and are not fully satisfied with how your dentures feel, then you may want to talk to us about how implants could help you. Once implants are placed into the jawbone, they provide a stable and unmoving foundation so as to hold your false teeth in place and prevent them from moving around in your mouth while talking or eating.
How long do implants last?
Another reason why people are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth is that it is a permanent restoration. Once the implant fuses together with the jawbone, the titanium post lasts for decades, meaning that you’ll have it the rest of your life.
Interested? Give us a call
The Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry offers full dental care to patients living in Lawrenceville, Buford, and Dacula, GA. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants then call our Lawrenceville office today at (770) 995-1957 to schedule a consultation.
Dental implantation surgery has consistently grown in popularity since it was first tried in the 1960s by a surgeon and professor named Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark. Its success has inspired countless patients to fix their smiles using this dental procedure. Keep reading to understand the reasons why many dentists prefer dental implants over standard dentures for replacing missing teeth. If you end up interested in undergoing the treatment, call the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA—we will help you restore your smile!
What Dental Implants Do for You
Each of your natural teeth is embedded in solid and dense bone tissue. If you have lost one of your natural teeth due to gum disease or injury, a device can be implanted (hence the name) into the gum line that will perform the same function as the absent tooth. This newly implanted device will hold firmly in your jawline, allowing you to chew normally again and smile with complete comfort. After the healing process is complete, your dentist will top the implant with a custom-designed porcelain crown, which will look just as natural as the teeth you were born with.
The Appointment for Dental Implants
Getting dental implants involves a surgical procedure, but there is no need to be anxious or nervous—your dentist will sedate you so that you won’t feel any discomfort during the visit. After sedation, the next step is for your dentist to make room inside of your bone tissue for the implant. After the implant is positioned, the gums are closed so that it can heal as quickly as possible. Expect to wait a few months before visiting the dentist after the initial implantation surgery.
Fix Your Smile with Dental Implants From our Lawrenceville Office!
Dental implants can make your smile stronger and more attractive for many years to come. To discover the benefits for yourself, contact Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, by calling (770) 995-1957 today!
Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?
Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?
Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.
Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.
But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?
In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.
Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.
What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.
If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”
One way to cosmetically improve your smile is to fill in gaps after tooth loss. Some patients decide to have denture devices created, while others prefer to have dental implants installed. While dentures make you look nice when you smile, an implant is a permanent fixture that offers significant functional benefits. At the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA, your questions about this treatment will be answered by a qualified dentist.
Restoration with Dental Implants
Your teeth are held in place by strong, dense bone tissue. When tooth loss occurs, the bone tissue begins to weaken and deteriorate. That can be prevented if the tooth is replaced with a dental implant. A small implement made of titanium is posited into the bone tissue. Over the course of several months, the bone will fuse with the titanium and hold it as securely as your natural teeth.
How Dental Implants Help
According to a report published by the Journal of Dental Research, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98 percent. These are some of the ways that implants will help your smile:
- Implants help keep the bone tissue in your mouth strong and healthy for years.
- You don’t have to take an implant out for cleaning or going to bed at night, and there's no risk of it shifting when you're talking or eating.
- With regular care and checkups, a dental implant placed by your Lawrenceville, GA dentist can last indefinitely.
Keep Your Whole Smile Healthy After Implantation
Do everything you can to protect the health and stability of your dental implant after the procedure is complete. Keeping your mouth as clean as possible with brushing and flossing is key. You must also avoid clenching and grinding your teeth (a nightguard device can help if it’s involuntary). Also, avoid smoking and eat more foods that contain calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium to help keep your jawbone strong.
Preserve Your Smile
A single dental implant can do a lot for your smile. Implant-supported devices are an option if you need to restore multiple teeth. Call (770) 995-1957 today to schedule an appointment at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA.
If you have a problem tooth we’ve recommended removing, those “Tooth in one day” ads—a tooth removed and an implant placed at the same time—might start to pique your interest. But there are a few factors we must consider first to determine if this procedure is right for you. Depending on your mouth’s health conditions, you may need to wait a little while between tooth extraction and implantation.
Here are 3 timing scenarios for receiving your implant after tooth removal, depending on your oral health.
Immediately. The “tooth in one day” scenario can be much to your liking, but it could also be tricky in achieving the best results. For one, the implant may fit too loosely—the bone around the socket might first need to heal and fill in or undergo grafting to stimulate regeneration. In other words, immediate implant placement usually requires enough supporting bone and an intact socket. Bone grafting around the implant is usually needed as well.
After gum healing. Sufficient gum coverage is also necessary for a successful outcome even if the bone appears adequate. To guard against gum shrinkage that could unattractively expose too much of the implant, we may need to delay implant placement for about 4 to 8 weeks to allow sufficient gum healing and sealing of the extraction wound. Allowing the gums to heal can help ensure there’s enough gum tissue to cover and protect the implant once it’s placed.
After bone healing. As we’ve implied, implants need an adequate amount of supporting bone for best results. When there isn’t enough, we might place a bone graft (often immediately after tooth extraction) that will serve as a scaffold for new bone to grow upon. Depending on the degree of bone loss, we may wait until some of the bone has regenerated (about 2 to 4 months) and then allow the natural process of bone cells growing and adhering to the implant (osseointegration) to complete the needed bone growth. If bone loss is extensive, we may need to wait until full healing in 4 to 6 months to encourage the most stable outcome.
If you would like more information on the process of obtaining dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”