What are Dental Implants?
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 mimic the root of your tooth and integrate into the bone to allow for a replacement tooth to go on top of the implant.
About Dental Implants
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.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?
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 dentist 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.
frequently asked questions
What is a dental implant?
A type of tooth replacement therapy that goes into the bone and simulates a tooth root.
Who can receive a dental implant?
Someone who has one or more missing teeth and is in good overall health. However, there are specific criteria such as bone quality and quantity and oral health.
How successful are dental implants?
Dental implants have a high success rate of 95-98% and are considered a reliable and long-term solution for replacing missing teeth.
What is the process of getting a dental implant?
Initial consult, treatment planning, implant placement, osseointegration (healing), abutment placement, crown placement, follow up visits.
How many dental appointments do I need to get a dental implant?
Getting a dental implant is usually done in two appointments - the first is the planning and records including x-rays and scans/photos, the second is placement of the dental implant.
Do I get a tooth the same time I get my dental implant?
In some cases, a temporary tooth can be placed the same day a dental implant is placed, in other cases, the dental implant needs 4-6 months to heal before a tooth is placed on top of the dental implant.
How do I care for my dental implant?
Floss daily around the implant a c-shape fashion as well as brush around the tooth and implant
Are there different types of dental implants?
Yes, there are different types of dental implants available. The type of dental implant used depends on various factors, including the patient's specific oral condition and the treatment plan determined by the dental professional.
How strong are dental implants?
Dental implants are highly durable and can withstand normal biting and chewing forces.
Are dental implants permanent?
Yes, Dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution for tooth replacement. They are intended to last for many years and, in many cases, can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
What are ALL-on-4 dental implants?
These implants are the same type of implants that are used for single implants, but all of the teeth are removed on an arch, either the top or the bottom, and 4-6 implants are placed to replace all of the teeth.
frequently asked questions
What is considered a dental emergency?
A dental emergency can consist of pain or swelling in the mouth, a broken or chipped tooth, a missing filling, or generalized discomfort.
When do I need to seek emergency dental care?
A trip to the dentist for an emergency should be done if there is mouth pain or soreness, a broken or chipped tooth, or any signs of infection
What happens if I ignore a dental emergency?
Ignoring a dental emergency can lead to significant consequences such as a loss of a tooth, infection spreading to other areas of the mouth or face, and poor overall health