Dental Implants | All You Need To Know

Should you have missing teeth – it is imperative to replace them.  Your everyday chewing and eating without all of your teeth will likely destabilize your bite in addition to causing you discomfort.

Additionally, without all of your teeth, your mouth may shift and may give your face the appearance of looking older.

We believe that implants are a wonderful option to replace any missing teeth – and when properly maintained – they will last a lifetime.

What is an implant?

It is a new tooth which is composed of metal and porcelain made to look like your natural tooth.   It contains two main structural parts: the titanium implant portion which takes the place of your missing root, and the second portion is the natural tooth-colored crown which we cement on top of your new implant.  Since the implant will replace your tooth root, the bone is better preserved.  Compared to a bridge – where some of the bone that previously surrounded the tooth begins to resorb (deteriorate) – the implant integrates with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy.

Your periodontal treatment with our practice allows you to smile confidently – no one can tell that you have a replacement tooth.

Other Implant Uses: Implants may also be used to anchor dentures/partials, most often with lower removable teeth that typically shift when you talk or chew.  If you have removable partial dentures – you may opt to replace missing teeth with implants – giving you the benefits described above and result in a more natural looking smile.

When you are looking for Dental Implants in Altanta
there are many questions that come to mind:
The Implants, The Time Involved, The Doctors and The Cost

1. The Implants

The beginning of the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. This plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry.  Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.  YOU will be getting the RIGHT IMPLANT for you. All implants are not made equal and all implants are not made to be implanted anywhere.  At our office, we use the most high-tech and up to date procedures for dental implants. This include a variety of implants such as wide implants that simulate the roots for molars; For example the MAX dental implant system which is the first to allow for immediate placement into a multi-rooted molar extraction site. We also offer a revolutionary bone and soft tissue regeneration technique called PRGF that uses your own plasma to help heal your gums after surgery to make sure that you can smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence.

2. The Time

The time it takes to get dental implants depends on a few factors, such as, your health and do you have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant; what kind of implant you need, and the number of teeth needing implants. The answer to all issues involving implants is to have your team of doctors put together a treatment plan that is tailor made for you. At our office we pride ourselves in creating the kind of treatment plan that gives you the best smile with the least down time possible.

3. The Doctors

Dr. Gail McLaurin, DMD and Dr. Gregory Miller, DDS, have many years of oral surgery experience. They have performed many successful surgeries and continue to use the most cutting edge technologies, including laser surgeries where applicable, to help even those people who need extra delicate surgeries such as people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders — such as diabetes or heart disease. We also have special accommodations for patients who have had radiation therapy.

4. Dental Implants Cost

Most dental implants are not covered by dental insurance however coverage under your medical insurance may be possible, depending on the insurance plan and/or cause of tooth loss. Detailed questions about your individual needs and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist and your insurance provider. At our office we offer favorable rates and flexible payment options through our financing solutions.

If you are considering implants, talk to us and let us show you why we are the solution for you.