Posts for: October, 2018
You've heard of dental implants but know little about them. Still, they intrigue you, and you wonder if they could be right for you. At Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA Dr. Michael Nguyen places single-tooth dental implants and multiple implants to support prosthetics such as full dentures or bridgework. He can tell if you're a candidate for today's most successful and longest-lasting tooth replacement option.
Your tooth loss problem
You didn't expect it, did you? But, that car accident left two teeth irreparably damaged. You worry that your changed appearance and the resulting lack of self-confidence is hurting you at work. Also, you've heard that jaw bone and gum tissue deteriorate quickly after tooth loss.
Dental implants can help
Over the past 40 years, dental implants have gained favor and popularity with dentists and patients alike. At Highland Dental in Smyrna, Dr. Nguyen uses these amazing artificial teeth to fill gaps caused by:
- Oral injury (such as your car accident)
- Periodontal disease
What makes implants a good choice? It originates in something which happens when the dentist puts a titanium implant into a patient's jaw. It's osseointegration (literally meaning, combines with bone), an astounding bonding process whereby human bone adheres to titanium metal. Osseointegration forms a practically indivisible bond which holds the new tooth in place for years and years.
By X-ray imaging and visual inspection for oral health and sufficient jaw bone density, Dr. Nguyen can tell if dental implants match the needs of your particular case. Most healthy individuals--older teens through senior adults--qualify for this remarkable restorative treatment.
Dental implant placement is simple. The dentist numbs the area to receive the device, drills a small hole, and places the implant. To finish, he closes the gums with sutures.
Then, healing begins. For proper integration between bone and implant, you and your dentist will several weeks or months before proceeding with the next phase of treatment.
When the site is completely healed, Dr. Nguyen reopens it and places a metal alloy post and custom-crafted crown over the implant. With normal biting and chewing, the underlying bone will strengthen further. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons claims 95 percent of implant procedures succeed, giving patients back their self-image, oral function, and facial appearance.
Arrange your consultation
At Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA Dr. Michael Nguyen and his team answer many questions about dental implants. Why not call the office to set-up a one-on-one consultation and learn more about this state-of-the-art tooth replacement? Phone (678) 305-9916.