If you feel self-conscious about missing one or more teeth, dental implants provide an effective and attractive solution. At Sharon Springs Dental in Cumming, Georgia, Michael C. Friedman, DDS, and his expert team can help determine if dental implants are right for you. Call the office today or request an appointment online to learn more about dental implants.
Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements that provide a comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing alternative to bridges and dentures. They look and feel just like real teeth, and placement doesn’t require modifying your healthy teeth. The team at Sharon Springs Dental proudly offers dental implant restoration services to replace missing or extracted teeth.
The implant itself is a post made of titanium and other materials that are safe for your body. The team at Sharon Springs Dental surgically attaches the posts to your upper or lower jaw bone, where they fuse permanently and provide a solid anchor for replacement teeth.
You may want to consider dental implants if you have one or more missing teeth. Other requirements include having a fully developed jawbone and healthy oral tissues. If you don’t have enough healthy bone tissue to secure the implants, the team at Sharon Springs Dental may recommend a bone graft first.
It’s important to have good overall health before undergoing dental implant surgery. Medical conditions like diabetes and smoking tobacco may interfere with the healing process. The team at Sharon Springs Dental carefully reviews your medical history before scheduling dental implant surgery.
The dental implant process occurs in phases. First, the team at Sharon Springs Dental surgically places the dental implant post. At this stage, you still have a gap over the missing tooth. The team may create a temporary denture if needed.
It’s important for the bone to heal properly and fuse with the dental implant. The implant stimulates your jaw bone like a natural tooth root. The healing phase can take up to several months.
When healing is complete, you may need an additional surgery to place the abutment, which is where your crown attaches. Alternatively, your surgeon may attach the abutment to the post in the first procedure. Then, they take a digital impression and create a custom crown to serve as your new, realistic-looking artificial tooth.
Dental implants offer many advantages over other tooth replacements like dentures and bridges, such as:
To find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants, call Sharon Springs Dental today or request an appointment online.