Discover how dental implants could give you that full, beautiful smile again.
Losing a permanent tooth can often feel like the end of the world, but it doesn’t have to be. Our Smyrna, GA, dentist Dr. Michael Nguyen can help you if this problem happens to you. There is an incredible solution that can give you a confident, complete smile back. The solution is called dental implants, and they are as close as you’ll come to having natural teeth.
Of course, in a perfect world we would all maintain our smiles and never deal with tooth loss; however, when tooth loss does happen isn’t it nice to know that you have a way to replace one or more missing teeth with the next best thing to a real tooth? Dental implants are unique to any other tooth replacement option because they actually take the place of your missing tooth roots. Simply put, implants are metal tooth roots.
Most people don’t realize that tooth roots are actually an important part of your oral health, as tooth roots provide your jawbone with the stimulation it needs to remain healthy and strong. When a tooth falls out the tooth roots go with it and this means that jawbone doesn’t get the stimulation it needs. If tooth loss isn’t treated the jawbone will begin to deteriorate. The only way to prevent this from happening is to place a dental implant.
A dental implant is made from a tough, durable metal (often titanium) that is biocompatible, meaning that the body won’t reject it. Our Smyrna, GA, restorative dentist will surgically place the implant into a small pre-drilled hole in the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be. Once the implant is placed the gums will be stitched back up.
The healing period after placing the implants is crucial because this is where the magic begins. A phenomenon known as osseointegration occurs. This is when the bone and tissue naturally fuse together with the implant to become one. This happens over the course of a couple of months and once the implant and jawbone become one unit this means the implant could last the rest of your life.
Depending on the type of implant you receive, a structure known as an abutment may need to be placed on top of the implant. In some cases, the abutment is already part of the implant. Once the abutment has been placed a dental crown will also be custom-made to fit over your implant to complete your new restoration.
Do you have questions about getting dental implants in Smyrna, GA? Do you want to find out if you are the ideal candidate for this treatment? If so, then it’s the perfect time to schedule a consultation with Highland Dental.