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By Highland Dental
May 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants have become the standard for long-term tooth replacement. From mechanics to movie stars, people from all walks of life have discovered the advantages of replacing a missing tooth with an implant. Obviously, restoring your smile is a definite advantage, but an implant can also help to maintain the health of your jawbone and adjacent teeth.

The implant is a small, screw-like titanium post that is placed into your jawbone to function as the root part of the tooth. The living bone tissue will actually attach to the titanium post, fusing them together. This will not only provide a sturdy anchor for a natural-looking crown, but will provide stability for bridgework or dentures. You will then be able to smile, chew and talk as if all of your teeth are natural. The procedure will also help to stabilize the bone, reducing long-term bone loss that occurs when a missing tooth is not replaced.

At this point, if you are thinking that there must be a lot of pain involved, I have good news for you. There is very little pain involved after the procedure is completed and no pain at all during the procedure. Typically, it is a routine surgery that takes place in a dentist’s office under local anesthesia where the immediate area is numbed. If there is any apprehension at all about the procedure, we will offer alternative anesthesia or sedation options during the planning process.

To determine who will be a good candidate for the implant procedure, a plan must be in place to assure the success of the implant. Part of the plan includes:

  • Reviewing your past medical and dental history. We must know your complete past and present medical history and medication use, since good health is essential. There are certain conditions and diseases that can affect the healing of an implant.
  • Performing a comprehensive dental examination. An evaluation of your dental problems and needs will determine if implants are in your best interests. An assessment of the health and mass of the jawbone as well as the number and location of the implant(s) that are needed to restore your bite and smile back to health will also be determined.

When the implant procedure has been successfully completed, there is one more step. As with your natural teeth, preventive maintenance is crucial for long-term success. A daily routine of brushing and flossing along with regular professional dental cleanings and checkups will help ensure continued gum health and proper functioning of your implants.

If you are wondering whether dental implants are right for you, contact us for more information or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about dental implants by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Dental Implant Surgery.”

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.


If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you’re in good company. Dentists have placed more than 3 million of these popular devices since their introduction in the early 1980s.

But if you have multiple missing teeth, you might think the cost of all those individual implants could put them out of your league. Yes, replacing multiple teeth with individual implants can be quite expensive—but implant technology isn’t limited to one tooth at a time. A few well-placed implants can impart their proven durability and stability to other types of restorations.

For example, we can incorporate implants into a bridge for a series of missing teeth. Conventional bridges are normally fixed in place by altering and then crowning natural teeth on each side of the missing teeth gap with a fixed row of prosthetic (false) teeth in the middle to fill it. Instead, two implants placed at the ends of the gap can support the bridge rather than natural teeth. This not only provides greater stability for the bridge, it also avoids permanent altering the natural teeth that would have been used.

Implants can also support a fixed bridge to restore complete tooth loss on a jaw. The new bridge is attached to a few strategically placed implants along the jaw line to equally distribute biting forces. This can result in a strong hold with excellent durability.

We can also use implants to improve traditional dentures. Dentures normally rest directly on the gums’ bony ridges, depending on a snug fit for stability. But bone loss, a natural consequence of missing teeth, can still occur while wearing dentures, which may in fact accelerate the rate of loss due to the appliance’s constant pressure and friction against the gums.

Instead, just a few implants placed along the jaw can, with attachments built into the denture, hold it securely in place. This not only decreases the pressure on the gums, but the natural bone growth that occurs around the implant may even deter bone loss.

Depending on your situation, there could be a viable restoration solution involving implants. Visit our office for a complete examination and evaluation to see if implants could help change your smile forever.

If you would like more information on implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101: the Most Significant Innovation in the Past Century.”

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.

By Highland Dental
July 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are the perfect combination of natural design and modern dental technology. While most dental restorations stop at dental implantsrestoring the missing tooth's crown, implants also replace the root, which can have a number of benefits for your oral and even overall health. Dr. Michael Nguyen, a dentist in Smyrna, GA, recommends implants for healthy adult patients missing anywhere from one to all of their natural teeth.

Get A New and Improved Smile with Dental Implants in Smyrna, GA

Nothing can take the place of healthy, natural teeth, but dental implants can be said to be the next best thing. Despite the fact that gum disease has become less prevalent than in earlier generations, and tooth loss is no longer necessarily a given in old age, close to half of all American adults are missing at least one tooth according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But gum disease is not the only cause of tooth loss. Severe tooth decay, accidents, a fall or sports injury can also compromise an otherwise healthy and attractive smile. Implants offer a secure and permanent replacement for missing teeth if you meet certain criteria.

How Dental Implants Work

First, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine whether implants are the best option for you. In order to qualify, you must be in good overall health and have enough bone density to support the implant, which will be placed in the socket of the missing tooth. The implant then fuses with the surrounding bone tissue, after which the cosmetic crown is attached, completing the restoration.

Even though the root is not visible, replacing it helps to prevent bone loss and other side effects of tooth loss like shifting teeth and shrinking gums. An implant also anchors the replacement crown in place so that you don't have to worry about it - once it is in and healed, it looks and feels just like a natural tooth. With rigorous oral hygiene and regular follow up care with the dentist, implants have a very high success rate.

Find a Dentist in Smyrna, GA

For more information about dental implants and how they can help to improve your smile and oral health, contact Highland Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry by calling (678) 305-9916 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen today.