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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.


You’ve decided to obtain dental implants for your missing teeth. It’s a good choice — they provide the closest restoration to the function and appearance of natural teeth. You will, however, need to undergo a surgical procedure to imbed the implants’ threaded titanium posts into supporting bone.

It’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about undergoing surgery. We’re here, though, to set your mind at ease: implantation is a relatively minor procedure carefully planned in advance. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward.

We begin by completely numbing the surgical site with a local anesthetic. If you have a high level of anxiety, we can also administer a sedative or similar medication to help you relax. We then access the underlying bone through a series of incisions that create a flap in the gum tissue that we’ll later suture closed.

It’s quite common to have prepared a surgical guide or template beforehand. The template placed in the mouth marks the exact site for a small channel (or hole) we create in the bone. We then incrementally increase the size of the hole by drilling until it matches precisely the implant’s size and shape. This takes time to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.

We then remove the implant from its sterile packaging and insert it into the opening. We’ll also take x-rays to ensure correct positioning, which is critical for achieving an attractive result. We then suture the gum flap in place using stitches that will eventually dissolve. The implant will then integrate with the bone for a few weeks to create a strong, durable hold before we continue with the restoration.

Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with mild anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, although we can prescribe something stronger if you need it. We may also prescribe a mouthrinse with an anti-bacterial agent like chlorhexidine for you to use while the gums are healing to reduce the risk of infection.

Implant surgery is part of a long process that will eventually result in regaining the function of your lost teeth. What’s more, undergoing this minor procedure will also help you regain something just as important — a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, 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 Implant Surgery.”

By Highland Dental
April 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover how dental implants could give you that full, beautiful smile again.demtal implants

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.