Where there is a need or desire to restore a full smile, our team at Reich Dental Center will often recommend the installation of dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal prosthetics that fill in the gaps left by lost teeth and act as the roots of missing teeth.
This fixture is fused to the jawbone through a short surgical operation and fastened with screw-like posts.
The implant is then covered with a porcelain crown to make it realistic.
It takes a few months before the implant fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration.
Implants provide a solid base, much like the root of a tooth, on which our dentist can then mount a replacement tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
There is a more natural and permanent feel to dental implants as a replacement to a lost natural tooth. This is thanks to its fusing with the bone. Dental implants look and function like regular teeth.
You will find that eating and speaking becomes more comfortable and painless.
As dental implants are used to replace missing or damaged teeth, they do help to improve your physical appearance. A full set of well-functioning teeth also boosts confidence both privately and publicly.
They are also good for oral health as they provide support for neighboring teeth, helping to keep your bite in check.
Our implants are highly durable and can last a lifetime.
There is also greater convenience enjoyed, as they are a permanent fixture, unlike dentures that often have to be taken out or even fall out.
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Types of Dental Implants
There are typically two options for dental implant procedures: endosteal (implanted into the bone) and subperiosteal (implanted into the gums).
The highly popular endosteal implants work by insertion into the jaw.
After the implants fuse to the bone and and the gums are healed, another surgery is conducted to connect a post to the first implant.
After that, a replacement tooth can be mounted. If there is more than one missing tooth, a bridge or denture may be attached.
For subperiosteal implants, the implantation is in the gums, just above the jawbone. We no longer recommend this option as the longevity of this treatment is substandard when compared to endosteal implants.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Determining whether or not implants are the right choice for you always begins with an examination with our doctors.
We may use a combination of digital x-rays and CT scans to determine if your jawbone can support an implant. Where there is a shortfall, we may need to undertake grafting to strengthen the bone.
We will begin with sedation and application of local anesthesia.
If the natural tooth needs to be removed, our doctors can perform an extraction. This may result in additional visits to our clinic as we wait for any infection to clear up.
If there is neither infection nor a need for bone grafting, the implant procedure can take place immediately after extraction.
The Implant Procedure
During the procedure itself, one of our doctors will place the titanium implant or post into the bone using special surgical tools.
Once in place, a healing cap is positioned over the implant, and the gum stitched up.
It can take between 2-6 months for the area to heal. During this time, a temporary denture will be provided to improve appearance.
Once healed and confirmed to have fused well, an abutment is connected to the implant using a screw.
An impression is then taken for a customized crown that will be secured in place as the replacement tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants ensure a beautiful and confident smile despite losing one or more teeth.
Dental implants replace missing teeth and are one of today's most popular dental procedures. Let us help you with the most frequently asked dental implant questions if you consider undergoing this restorative dentistry operation.
What is a Full Arch Implant?
Full arch dental implants are also known as implant-supported dentures.
There are modest differences between these two kinds of prosthetic teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are a kind of full-arch dental implant. A few dental implants can secure a full arch denture in its place. The dentures clamp onto the implants once they are surgically inserted into the jawbone.
Can I Get a Bridge Instead of an Implant?
An implant may not be the best solution if you have lost multiple teeth in a row; a dental bridge is probably a better choice.
Each missing tooth requires a separate implant to be surgically affixed to the jawbone; this requires costly and frequently unnecessary surgery.
Can You Replace a Bridge with an Implant?
A bridge can be replaced by a dental implant. For aesthetic purposes, those who now use a dental bridge might be interested in replacing it with an implant.
Can You Get Dental Implants After Bone Loss?
The dental implant procedure can be performed on people with significant bone loss. This is doable without arduous bone grafting treatments. Before suggesting dental implants, our doctors consider numerous things.
Can a Partial Denture be Attached to an Implant?
Yes, a partial denture can be affixed to a dental implant.
What are Dental Implants Made Of?
Titanium and its alloys are used as the preferred metals for dental implants.
However, the prosthetic parts are gold, stainless steel, cobalt- and nickel-chromium alloys.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are long-lasting replacement tooth roots. If you maintain proper oral health, they can usually last a lifetime. Most patients with missing teeth choose dental implants because of their durability.
Schedule a Consultation With Your Smyrna, GA Dentist Team Today!
If you're looking for a procedure to restore your smile and full jaw function, please call us at 770-435-5450 to schedule a consultation. Our doctors at Reich Dental Center will perform an initial assessment to check your dental health and see if you're a candidate and what steps should be taken next.