Atlanta Dental Implants
Dental implant technology has made a big impact on people’s lives. Implants are designed to provide the foundation for very realistic-looking artificial teeth that will serve in place of teeth that have been lost. These look and feel completely natural, and allow the patient to resume all normal functions. Dental Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Implants are small posts made out of titanium that we can surgically implant into the patient’s jawbone wherever there are missing teeth. These posts provide an anchor and substitute for a tooth root as the titanium bonds with the jawbone. Artificial teeth can be inserted into this root, the implant getting attached by small posts that protrude through the gums. Beyond simply providing an artificial tooth, implants help preserve the facial structure and bone deterioration.
The Dental Implant Surgical Procedure
The process of getting dental implants takes place over two separate surgical procedures in most cases. The first involves placing implants in the jawbone, and allowing them to bond for three to six months. During this time, you can wear temporary dentures and should eat a soft diet. The dentist will be forming replacement teeth while the implants bond.
After the bonding process, we’ll uncover the implants and attach small posts to them. These posts will act as anchors, protruding through the gums. The replacement teeth are mounted on these posts, hiding them from view. The entire process can take six to eight months, though most patients experience minimal disruption to their lives.
Dr. Shahriari uses the most recent advances in dental implant technology to place single stage implants. These single stage implants don’t need a second procedure to uncover, but do need a minimum of six weeks before the artificial teeth can be placed. In some cases, the implants can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction, reducing the number of procedures you have to go through.
On your initial visit, dr. shahriari will take a cone beam CT to fully evaluate the edentulous site and plan appropriately given the anatomy of the site. Most of time, Dr. Shahriari can place the implant and immediately temporize the implant for better soft tissue anatomy. this will take place with coordination and planning the procedure with your own general dentist.
Our team of oral & maxillofacial surgeons and restorative dentists work together to perform the procedures and create the prosthesis used during the implant process.
Dental Implants Available
There are several kinds of prosthesis available to suit your needs. A single prosthesis, also called a crown, is used to replace a single missing tooth. Each individual prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant.
A partial prosthesis, called a fixed bridge, can replace several teeth and might require several corresponding implants.
A complete dental prosthesis replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The total number of implants depends on whether it’s a removable or fixed prosthesis. A removable prosthesis can be attached to a bar or ball in socket attachment, and can be removed if you need to. A fixed prosthesis can only be removed by the dentist.
All implant surgeries are performed in a hospital-style operating suite maintained in-office.
Why Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer a way to improve your life after you’ve lost one or more teeth. Even if it’s a situation you’ve lived with for years, an implant can provide a lot of relief. They provide renewed self-confidence and peace of mind, as well as the very tangible benefit of making it easier to eat.
Dental implants provide a big benefit over more traditional types of restorations in that you don’t have to sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space. Implants are a replacement that don’t have to be removed, they function just like natural teeth.
Are you a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you need to have an examination and have medical and dental history reviewed to determine if dental implants are the right choice. If not, then we can recommend other treatments such as bone grafting.
Is Anesthesia Used for Dental Implant Surgery?
The majority of dental implant and bone grafting procedures can be performed in our office under local anesthesia. We can provide general anesthesia if necessary.
How Do You Care for Dental Implants?
Once the implants are placed inside your mouth, you’ll get years of use out of them given proper care. They don’t need special care beyond what you should do regularly for your teeth: brushing, flossing, and keeping regular dental appointments.
To get more information about dental implants, please contact us online or call us at 404-433-8433 to reach our Cumming location, or 404-937-3880 to reach our Buckhead location.
The highly trained team at Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery is dedicated to making your visit as comfortable as possible. From knowledgeable administrative staff, to caring and compassionate hygienists and assistants, we strive to provide an exceptional experience.
Dental Implant Placement
Jan 1, 2017