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By Highland Dental
November 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants from your dentist in Smyrna, GA, can rebuild and restore your smile

Whether you have lost one tooth or many teeth, dental implants are right for you. If you have worn a denture for a long time and want tooth replacement you don’t have to remove, dental implants are right for you too! In fact, dental implants are right for just about anyone who wants the most natural-looking tooth replacement available.

Dr. Michael Nguyen at Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, offers comprehensive dental care, including dental implants to rebuild and restore your smile.

A natural-looking appearance is just one of the many benefits you will enjoy by choosing dental implants. These are just a few of the amazing benefits dental implants can offer:

Complete stability, because dental implants are locked in place by bone. After they are placed, bone grows and fuses with the dental implants, anchoring them firmly in place.

Excellent oral health, because you can brush and floss dental implants right along with your natural teeth. It’s easy to maintain great oral hygiene with dental implants.

Convenience, because you never have to remove dental implants. That makes them an excellent choice for your active lifestyle.

Dental implants are also very successful, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. One of the reasons they are so successful is they are made of biocompatible materials your body won’t reject.

There are some lifestyle factors and conditions which can slow the healing process of dental implants, so be sure and tell your dentist if you:

  • Have diabetes
  • Smoke or use tobacco products
  • Drink alcohol excessively
  • Have had radiation treatment to your jaws or face

Dental implants are right for just about everyone. Chances are they are right for you too!

To discover more about dental implants and how they can rebuild and restore your smile, call Dr. Michael Nguyen at Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA. You can reach him by calling (678) 305-9916, so call now!

By Highland Dental
October 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implant surgery is performed by installing synthetic tooth roots that will bond permanently with the jawbone. This enables your dentist to install the replacement tooth in the form of a dental crown that’s made to function, feel, and appear like your real teeth. Here at Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, dental implants are one of the most popular solutions Dr. Michael Nguyen uses for replacing one or a couple of missing teeth.

How Dental Implant Surgery Restores Missing Teeth

The procedure spans multiple appointments that will be spaced a couple of months apart. In the first appointment, the mouth is numbed using IV sedation or a local anesthetic to avoid discomfort and pain when the dental implant is surgically implanted. Your dentist will make an incision in the gums where the implant will be implanted into the jawbone. This incision will be closed to ensure proper and safe healing.

You will come back for your second appointment after several months. This will give your jawbone ample time to grow around your dental implant to ensure that it’s strong enough to remain in its proper position. This is known as osseointegration in which the titanium implant combines permanently with the jawbone.

Once your dentist in Smyrna determines that your dental implant is secure, he’ll then place an abutment, which is a connecting device, over the implant’s post portion. This component will be responsible for supporting the new tooth. Once your gums are healed, molds of your teeth will be taken for creating the dental crown. When the crown is ready, it will then be installed atop the abutment, completing the dental implant surgery.

Recovering From Dental Implant Surgery

Expect to feel out-of-sorts for a couple of hours if you were under IV sedation, so make sure you have someone that can drive you home. Following the placement of your dental implants from your Smyrna dentist, you will also experience pain, some bleeding, swelling, and bruising. To manage the pain, your dentist will recommend OTC pain medications.

It’s also vital to remember that implants need to be cared for just like your real teeth. This means keeping up with your regular oral care routine and routine follow-up checkups and cleanings with your dentist. While implants don’t decay, they could be affected by gum disease, so caring for them the right way should be a top priority.

Talk to Us For More Details or Questions About Dental Implants

Call (678) 305-9916 to schedule a meeting here at Highland Dental in Smyrna, GA, with Dr. Michael Nguyen.

By Highland Dental
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Gaps between your teeth are impossible to ignore. Every time you look in the mirror, you're reminded that you've lost a tooth. Dental implants offered by your Smyrna, GA, dentist, Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental, provide an excellent restoration solution if you're ready to replace your missing teeth.

The dental implant process

Dental implants are synthetic posts designed to replace your missing tooth roots. Just like natural roots, implants become securely attached to your jawbone. The restorations are made of titanium, a metal that has the unique ability to bond to bone.

When your implants become fully bonded to your jawbone, your Smyrna dentist makes an impression of your mouth. The impression is used to create a dental crown, a restoration that replaces the visible part of your tooth. Dental implants are connected to crowns with small screws called abutments.

The length of the implant process varies but generally takes about three to six months. The process may be slightly longer if you need bone grafts to build up the bone in your jaw.

Implants offer many benefits

Your smile affects your self-esteem and other people's perception of you. The loss of one or more teeth can lead to loss of self-confidence or discomfort in social or business situations. Dental implants improve your appearance and give your self-esteem a much-needed boost. Your new tooth will look and feel completely natural. In fact, no one will be able to tell that your tooth isn't real.

Biting power can be a concern after tooth restoration. Because your implants are rooted to your jawbone, you won't experience any loss of power. You'll be able to bite and chew hard, tough, or sticky foods with ease and won't have to change your diet.

Are you concerned that you might not be a good candidate for implants because you've lost multiple teeth? Although implants are often used to replace single missing teeth, they're a good choice no matter how many teeth you need to restore. Implant-supported dentures offer an excellent alternative to full dentures and can be supported by as few as four implants.

Replace your missing teeth with dental implants! Call your Smyrna, GA, dentist, Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental, at (678) 305-9916 to schedule an appointment.

By Highland Dental
May 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are tooth-root-replacing titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Dr. Michael Dental-ImplantNguyen 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.

By Highland Dental
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

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)
  • Decay
  • Periodontal disease
  • Infection

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.

The 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.