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If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you may be curious about how long it might take. The answer depends on the health of your supporting bone.
Bone is an integral part of implant functionality as bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the newly placed implant to give it its characteristic strength. The implant also requires an adequate amount of bone to accurately position it for the best appearance outcome.
If the bone is sufficient and healthy, we can proceed with the surgical placement of the implant. The most common practice following surgery is to allow a few weeks for the bone integration described previously to take place before finally attaching the crown. With an alternative known as a “tooth in one day” procedure, we install a crown right after surgery, which gives you a full smile when you leave.
There's one caveat to this latter method, though—because the implant still requires bone integration, this immediate crown is temporary. It's designed to receive no pressure from biting or chewing, which could damage the still integrating implant. We'll install the permanent crown after the implant and bone have had time to fully mesh.
So, if your supporting bone is sound, the complete implant process may only take a few weeks. But what if it's not—what if you've lost bone and don't have enough to support an implant? In that case, the length of process time depends on the severity of the bone loss and if we're able to overcome it. In some cases, we can't, which means we'll need to consider a different restoration.
But it's often possible to regenerate lost bone by grafting bone material at the implant site. If the bone loss is moderate, it may take 2 to 4 months of regrowth after grafting before we can perform implant surgery. If it's more significant or there's disease damage to the socket, it may take longer, usually 4 to 6 months. It largely depends on the rate of bone regeneration.
In a nutshell, then, the health of your jaw's supporting bone has a lot to do with whether the implant process will take a few weeks or a few months. Regardless of the time, though, you'll gain the same result—new, functional teeth and a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, 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.”
Having missing teeth is detrimental to your basic oral abilities. Things such as speaking, eating, or smiling with confidence are difficult to do. If you are seeking an optimal tooth replacement solution, dental implants can do wonders for you.
Dental implants serve as replacement tooth roots that offer a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. To determine your candidacy for this tooth restoration procedure, you can consult with your dentist here at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in our Lawrenceville, Buford, or Dacula GA office. Find out what your Lawrenceville dentist can do for you.
What Can Dental Implants Do for You?
Getting dental implants can offer you a variety of benefits that last throughout your life, such as the following, according to your Lawrenceville dentist:
- Enhancement in your appearance. Dental implants can maintain the facial bone structure, so you wouldn’t have to worry about your face appear sunken. Additionally, the replacement teeth affixed on top of your dental implants look exactly like your healthy and natural teeth.
- Improvement in speech. Other tooth replacement options may cause you to mumble or slur your words because of their fit. But that is not the case with dental implants as they are placed securely into your jawbone. Dental implants will allow you to speak with clarity.
- Dental implants, in most cases, could serve you for many years, especially if you know how to take proper care of them.
- Improved oral health. If your tooth roots are left exposed due to tooth loss, they are more vulnerable to infection and harmful bacteria. Fortunately, dental implants can help better your oral hygiene as they allow easier access between your teeth. And in contrast to other tooth replacement options, the procedure does not involve the altercation of other teeth.
- You can eat comfortably. Eating with missing teeth may feel strange and uncomfortable. Because dental implants are infused securely into your jawbone, they act like your natural teeth, enabling you to eat anything you want with ease.
- Boosted confidence and self-esteem. Dental implants can significantly improve your appearance and restore your smile.
Can You Get Dental Implants?
To determine whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants, your Lawrenceville dentist will take into account the following considerations during your consultation:
- You have one or more missing teeth.
- Your jawbone has grown fully.
- Your oral tissues are generally healthy.
- You have adequate bone to support the implants. Otherwise, you’ll need enough bone to undergo a bone graft.
- You don’t have any health complications that could interfere with bone healing.
To Discover How Dental Implants Can Benefit You, Call Us
Schedule an appointment with your dentist here at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry by calling our Lawrenceville GA location at (770) 995-1957, our Buford GA location at (770) 932-8577, or our Dacula GA location at (770) 277-0800.
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.”