Do you need to replace missing teeth? Anitha R. Reddy, DMD, and the dental professionals with Creative Dentistry of Atlanta offer oral surgery for dental implants to restore and enhance your smile. With implants, prosthetic teeth have excellent support and won’t slip or slide around inside your mouth. Implants naturally fuse to your jawbone and, with proper care, can last you a lifetime. Talk to the professionals at Creative Dentistry of Atlanta in Atlanta or Covington, Georgia, to find out more about implants. Call or book your consultation online today.
Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Now, dental implants are the premier choice when it comes to restoring your smile.
Dental Implants are metal posts that act as artificial tooth roots. They’re placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for a crown and permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can even be used to more securely attach dentures.
Dental Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look, feel, and function of natural teeth.
During oral surgery for a dental implant, you will be administered anesthesia to minimize discomfort and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
First, Dr. Reddy will use a special dental drill to surgically insert the implant into your jawbone. Afterward, the bone will need time to heal and fully integrate the implant. This will take several months and is called “osseointegration.”
Once your jawbone heals, you come back in for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Reddy evaluates your new implant and makes sure it’s ready to support a permanent restoration. This could be either a crown, bridge, or even a denture. She’ll secure the restoration to the implant and will closely monitor your progress moving forward.
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for a dental implant. For a successful implant to take hold, you must have strong, sufficient jawbone that can support an implant. If you don’t have the right bone density for an implant, you may need a grafting procedure to bolster the bone and create better conditions for an implant.
Dr. Reddy will help you determine whether or not an implant is right for you. If you can’t have an implant, there other tooth-replacement options available to you, such as dentures or bridges.
Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time. The key to making sure your implants last you a lifetime is treating them like natural teeth. Make sure to brush and floss twice a day and maintain your regular exams and professional cleanings.
To find out if dental implants may be right for you, call the team at Creative Dentistry of Atlanta today or use the online booking tool and set up a consultation at either their Atlanta or Covington, Georgia, office.