Marietta Dental Implants
A dental implant replaces a missing or lost tooth. The restored implant consists of the a titanium screw that is placed in your jawbone that replaces the root portion of a tooth and an abutment that sticks out into your mouth and onto which a crown or other dental device is placed.
- Natural tooth
- Implant that would replace natural tooth root.
- Crown on top of implant that would replace natural tooth.
Implants have been placed for over three decades and have become commonplace in dental practices. If you lose a tooth and don’t replace it, several things can happen:
- the tooth on the opposite jaw will move into the space which can cause gum and bone problems for that tooth as well as biting interferences
- your surrounding teeth will endure more wear and use
- your teeth will shift, causing your bite to become unstable
Atlanta GA Teeth Implants
If you have a missing tooth in between other teeth, a dental implant is often the best option for replacement since it does not require that any other teeth are modified or crowned. By placing teeth implant when a tooth is extracted, the bone in the area will not resorb away, which would normally leave a large defect in the jaw and gum tissue. When done correctly, a crown placed using a dental implant looks and acts like a normal tooth, except that it won’t decay!
Dental implants can also be used to replace multiple teeth.
And for patients who have a full and partial dentures, dental implants can be used to provide excellent stability and retention. Additionally , we provide other types of restorative dental care services including:
Dental implants are an ideal treatment option for most healthy patients. Implants are not a good choice for patients with uncontrolled diabetes, heavy smokers or patients who have bisphosphonate treatment for bone loss.
The only drawback to patients is the time it takes to complete the procedure. Dental Implants have three phases: 1) a surgical phase, 2) a healing phase, 3) and a restorative phase. The surgery is minor and typically is completed by an oral surgeon in his or her office. After surgery, the healing phase begins and can last between 4 and 8 months. During this critical time, the implant “integrates” into the jaw as bone grows around and through the implant. After this process is complete, the surgeon places an abutment into the implant that protrudes into the mouth and the restorative dentist restores the dental implant using a crown.
From an aesthetic standpoint, dental implants can be more challenging for the dentist and sometimes (like when the missing tooth is in the front part of the mouth), using a conventional bridge is a better option. Dr. Gilreath IV and Dr. Gilreath III have restored hundreds of implants, from simple single implants to complex multiple unit cases.
If you live in Atlanta, Marietta or the surrounding area and are interested in tooth replacement options, contact our Marietta Dental Implants Specialists at Gilreath Dental Associates today to schedule a consultation. We thank you for allowing us to take care of your dental care needs and look forward to serving you.