Dental implants are tooth-root-replacing titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, provides his patients with dental implants in order to replace their missing teeth in a jawbone fortifying way.
Here is some more information about dental implants.
What does a dental implant consist of?
A dental implant procedure is simple, although it does take several months to fully complete. During treatment, your dentist removes any remaining tooth matter from the site before inserting a titanium post into the area. The advantage of using a titanium post is that it's biocompatible, eliminating any risk of tissue rejection. Over the course of 3 to 6 months, the post will fuse to the rest of the jawbone so as to add strength and stability. This fusion process is called osseointegration, and it has a success rate of about 95%.
After the implant has been placed in your jawbone and osseointegration takes its course, your dentist attaches an abutment to the post before topping it all off with lifelike porcelain tooth crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
How much do implants cost?
Although more pricey than dentures, implants last a lifetime with proper care. They also fix issues like poor bite and damaged chewing function. Another advantage is that, unlike dentures, you don't have to worry about dental implants slipping out of your mouth while speaking.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Good candidates have good bone density and solid health. To be sure, though, you have to complete an oral examination at our Smyrna office and undergo a jaw screening. However, even if you are initially uncertified for treatment following this consultation, other procedures, such as bone grafting, can improve your dental health and eventually qualify you for implants!
Do you need a consultation?
Want more information about dental implants from Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA? Call Dr. Michael Nguyen's office at (678) 305-9916 today to learn more.