Dental Implants in Austell, Georgia
Replace Missing Teeth with Safe & Durable Dental Implants
We offer restorative dentistry at Austell Dental Associates, including dental implants. The ramifications of having missing, damaged, decayed, or injured teeth can be devastating without prompt treatment. Without healthy teeth, you may face ramifications on your diet, your speech, not to mention your self-confidence. In fact, missing teeth can impact your overall quality of life.
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Dental implants are the best way to replace natural teeth. The implants have two main parts: the titanium screw surgically placed in the gums to mimic a natural tooth root, and the crown above the gumline that functions just like a natural tooth. A dental implant can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth, with the use of an implant-supported dental bridge that fuses multiple crowns together, anchored by one or more screws. For patients needing full-mouth dental implants, 4 screws are usually required for the dental bridge on the top teeth, or 3 screws to support a bridge on the bottom teeth. This is because the lower jawbone is generally stronger.
Many patients prefer dental implants over alternative tooth replacement options like dentures. The reasons why are obvious. Dental implants provide patients with incredible relief in several ways, and don’t involve the discomfort of dentures. The screw underneath the gums in dental implants also helps to slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue, which dentures do not do because they don’t stimulate the jawbone in the same way. Another bonus of dental implants is that they look and function just like normal teeth, and patients can clean their teeth in the same way as they would their natural teeth.
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Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
You may want to consider dental implants if:
- You have one or more missing teeth.
- Your jawbone is substantial enough to secure implants, or you are able to have a bone graft to replace missing bone if your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft.
- You have healthy oral tissues.
- Your overall health is good and you don’t have any condition that could impact bone healing.
- You have a speech problem that might be improved with dental implants.
- You don’t want to wear dentures.
- You are willing to follow your doctor’s instructions and commit to a process that takes several months to complete.
- You don’t use tobacco products.
During your appointment at Austell Dental Associates, your dentist will check your teeth and gums to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. Your dentist will review your dental X-rays and review your medical history to come up with the best treatment plan for you, tailored to your situation.
The Process of Getting Dental Implants in Austell
Getting dental implants is a process that takes time and must be done in several stages. From your first consultation through the placement of a crown, dental implant treatment usually takes about 6 months to complete. The process involves a series of appointments to extract any damaged teeth, then the jawbone must be prepped for surgery with a bone graft, and then the abutment is placed before the crown is attached and the dental implant treatment is complete.
What Will My Results Look Like After Getting Dental Implants?
Dental implants look very natural, as the porcelain crown(s) blends in flawlessly with the surrounding teeth. The reason so many patients prefer dental implants to dentures is because they are more comfortable and have a very high success rate of about 98%, especially when performed by a competent dentist whose patient is compliant with instructions. For those whose implants fail, it could be from the jawbone failing to fuse to the metal implant, or if the patient is a smoker, this can contribute to implant failure. You can make your dental work and remaining natural teeth stand the test of time if you practice good oral hygiene. This helps keep your natural teeth, artificial teeth, and gums in good condition.
How Do I Care For Dental Implants?
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
- Use a dentist-recommended toothpaste
- Use a small interdental brush
- Floss daily
- Avoid chewing on foods that are too hard for your implants
- Talk to your dentist if you grind your teeth
Contact our Dentists for Experienced Restorative Dentistry
We have served patients for decades in the Austell area, and our dental staff are dedicated to providing top-quality, friendly service. When you choose to receive dental care at our office, you can count on us to make you feel as comfortable as possible. If you are interested in requesting more information about dental implants or our payments we accept, contact us today.