Tooth loss can negatively affect your overall oral health. When teeth remain missing for a period of time, changes in the bone and surrounding teeth can cause further destruction of the oral cavity. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement.
Dental implants mimic a natural tooth by being integrated into the bone and held in place by your natural tissues. A dental implant looks like a cylinder or screw and it serves as an artificial replacement for the root of a missing tooth. For this reason, implants can be used to replace a single tooth or restore an entire arch, returning your smile to its original beauty and health.
In order for implants to heal successfully, you need enough healthy, solid bone structure in the area they’ll be placed. If you have bone loss, we’ll recommend a bone grafting prior to having the implant placed. It is just as important that you are healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and have the ability to heal from the procedure after it’s done. Most patients who want or need implants can easily and safely have the procedure done.
After a thorough and comprehensive exam, our dentists in Sandy Springs, GA will discuss your options for tooth replacement with you. Once it is determined that dental implant treatment is right for you, we will extract the tooth with bone loss and place an implant. You will then receive temporary tooth that you will have for 4-6 months until your implant is healed and is strong enough for the final tooth that will be made by our dental lab.