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Dental Implants in Buford, GA

Dental implants are without a doubt among the best ways to replace missing teeth. They are a permanent cure for a dental disorder plaguing millions around the world. Fortunately for the sufferers, dental technology has made significant strides forward over the past two decades. Before then, dentures and partials were the only solutions available, but now dental implants are routine procedures at the Buford location of Choice One Dental Care®.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial, titanium roots for teeth. Some situations in which patients should consider dental implants include:

  • To replace teeth or to restore facial structure and symmetry
  • To add support for dentures or bridges that might come loose
  • To improve jaw strength for eating, speaking and chewing

Benefits of Dental Implants:

  • Better ability to chew food
  • Replacement of unstable dentures with fixed bridgework
  • Enhanced appearance
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Prevention of bone loss

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Anyone healthy enough for a tooth extraction is probably an acceptable candidate for dental implantation, but certain contraindications may complicate implant treatment or make it inadvisable. Patients with chronic diseases, heavy smokers or alcohol abusers may not be entirely suitable candidates for the procedure. Your doctor will determine whether the treatment is safe and right for you after a thorough physical examination and reviewing your medical history.

What Is the Procedure for Dental Implants?

Dental surgeons implant insertions in stages. The first stage sets the implant into the jaw bone underneath the gum. The dentist inserts the implant in place of the original tooth root under the gum to protect the implant area and help it to heal.

In the second stage, the dentist checks on the adaptive progress of the titanium implant and connects a post through the gum and into the mouth cavity. This abutment can be either custom-molded by the dentist or selected from an assortment of stock-manufactured counterparts. The gum then heals around the posted area for the crown to come.

In the last stage, the prosthetic tooth or teeth are inserted. Dental implant success rates are high making them a popular choice. Your dentist will explain the complete dental implant procedure during the treatment consultation.

Are Dental Implants as Strong as Natural Teeth?

Yes, and in many cases actually stronger with full functionality. After the treatment, patients can enjoy all of their favorite foods without having to worry about dental damage or discomfort while benefiting from attractive prosthetic teeth.

Why Get Dental Implants Rather Than Just Dentures or Bridges?

Dental implants are stronger, more durable and more comfortable than dentures or bridges. They provide permanent solutions to tooth loss problems. As a remedy for multiple missing teeth, dental implants can support dental bridges or with dentures increase stability and alleviate gum irritation and inflammation. Dental implants, whether in combination with dentures or bridges or by themselves, make it easier for patients to eat the foods they love, speak clearly and smile confidently.

What Can Happen If Missing Teeth are not Replaced?

A missing tooth not replaced can damage adjacent teeth by causing gums to recede and bone tissue around those teeth to erode. Other teeth may wear prematurely, eating and speaking may become more difficult, teeth may shift and the patient may suffer from jaw aches and headaches. Loss of an entire tooth, root and all, can lead to bone loss from the jaw. Dental implants give the jaw bone anchors to hold onto. If a long time passes after the loss of a tooth and the patient loses too much jaw bone tissue, grafting may become a prerequisite for an implant procedure to restore necessary bone mass.

Preparation for Dental Implants

Dentists may take several dental x-rays before inserting dental implants. For the actual surgery, dentists may consult with oral and maxillofacial surgeons or periodontists and may administer local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia to make the treatment entirely tolerable if not pleasurable.

Recovery from Dental Implants

After each dental implant stage, patients may experience some discomfort from swelling of the gums, bruising of the skin, soreness at the implant site or minor bleeding. If these aftereffects worsen, antibiotics or pain medications may be necessary for a few days. Soft foods promote healing in the surgical area. If stitches at the implant site are not dissolvable, the dentist will remove them in about 10 days, but most dental stitches dissolve without intervention within 10 days to two weeks.