Feel like and Act like Real Teeth…
And the Recommended Standard of Care!
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your best options for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, a bio-compatible implant fuses to the jawbone and serves as a foundation for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.
Long Lasting Results
Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit much more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the implant. A thorough evaluation will help us determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Is there another way I can have a tooth replaced other than a bridge?
Yes. The implants can provide artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. Dental implants can also be used to attach full or partial dentures. Implants, however, are not an option for everyone. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health, have healthy gums, have adequate bone to support the implant and be committed to meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Again, if you are considering implants, a thorough evaluation is necessary to determine if you would be a good candidate.
What is involved in placing implants?
First, surgery is performed to place the implant screw. Surgery can take up to several hours, and up to six months may be required for the bone to grow around the implant and firmly hold it in place. Some implants require a second surgery in which a post is attached to connect the implant to the replacement teeth. With other implants, the implant and post are already attached and are placed at the same time.
After the gums have had several weeks to heal, the next step is begun. The artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the implant screw. Because several fittings may be required, this step can take one to two months to complete.
Yes it may seem time consuming, but once completed you will have years and years of natural use.
In-house Dental Implants
Dental implant surgery is done in our office, depending upon a number of factors. A local or general anesthetic may be used. Usually pain medications and, when necessary, antibiotics are prescribed. You will be given instructions on diet and oral hygiene.
Dental implant technique is rapidly evolving and as time progresses there are modifications to above referenced information. So please feel free to ask us about recent advances.
Unique to our office is our Vatech Dental CBCT, which provides a fast, non-invasive way of answering a number of clinical questions. Dental CBCT images provide three-dimensional (3-D) information, rather than the two-dimensional (2-D) information provided by a conventional X-ray image. This helps with the diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation of certain conditions, including your implant placements.
As a note, we perform the dental CBCT, as necessary for treatment and diagnoses. The clinical benefit of a medically appropriate X-ray imaging exam outweighs the small radiation risk and enhances the correct placement of your implant.
Schedule your dental implant consult today by calling The Right Smile Center in Sandy Springs at 404-256-3620 or in Chamblee at 770-455-6076. Our dental office is conveniently located on Carpenter Drive in Sandy Springs, and we serve patients from Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Chamblee, Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody, East Cobb and surrounding Metro Atlanta communities. We welcome new patients and will be happy to answer all of your questions over the phone or in person. Our dentists and team look forward to making you, and your loved ones, smile!