Completing Your Smile
Dental Implants Decatur
Dental implants are a treatment option for patients of our Decatur dental practice who are missing one or more of their natural teeth or whose teeth are severely damaged and require extraction. For patients whose teeth have been lost or damaged due to trauma, poor dental care, or other incidents, dental implants offer a potentially ideal solution.
For more information on this restorative dentistry solution, contact us at Georgia Dental Center today.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace damaged or missing tooth roots. They are titanium posts that are affixed surgically beneath the gum line to a patient’s jaw bone. These titanium posts become bonded within a patient’s mouth and service as anchors upon which one or many prostheses may attach.
There are several types of dental implants, including full set dental implants, All-on-4® implants, and miniature implants. The type of implants best suited to each patient depends upon his or her unique needs and goals. Dr. Price is adept at determining the candidacy of patients for dental implants, but does not place dental implants himself. He works closely with our oral surgeon, utilizing highly detailed electronic images and physical models to both create the best dental plan for each patient and answer any questions they have.
At Georgia Dental Center, Dr. Price uses precise models of patients' mouths to help the oral surgeon place the implants. These wax impressions are used by our long-time oral surgeon colleague, who inserts each implant using a cone beam CT scanner at his state-of-the-art offices. Once a patient has visited our oral surgery partner to have his or her implants set, Dr. Price will continue care with regular checkups to ensure that the implants are functioning properly.
After the patient has had his or her implants placed by our oral surgeon partner, he or she will return to Georgia Dental Center for final restoration. This may include a dental crown, dental bridge, or foundation to support partial denture or full denture.
Candidacy for Dental Implants
Most patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth will be suitable candidates for dental implants; however, extraction and replacement of damaged teeth should be viewed as a last resort. With all restorative dentistry procedures, maintaining as much natural tooth as possible is the ultimate goal, so any teeth that are healthy should be retained. Since dental implants are affixed to the natural jaw bone, it is important that candidates have sufficient jaw bone density to support the implants. If a patient’s jaw bone is too weak, they may still be able to receive implants after a bone graft procedure, which will be determined by our off-site dental surgeon.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants restore oral function after the natural teeth have been compromised or lost. Implants serve as a platform upon which several types of prostheses can be placed, from dentures to dental crowns and bridges.
Because they fuse with the jawbone and are allowed to heal within the tissues of the mouth, implants offer unrivaled security and stability for dental prostheses. They are ideal for those who want to chew, talk, laugh, and smile with ease and confidence once more, without having to worry about prostheses becoming loose or falling out.
Once implants have fully healed, patients can brush and clean implant-supported restorations much in the way they cleaned their natural teeth. Prostheses usually snap off and can be cleaned easily with brush and rinsing as well.
In addition to their functional benefits, dental implants create a natural look and feel. Even patients with weakened or shrunken jaw can be helped with dental implants, which fill out a sunken or hollowed jaw and slow bone weakening that often happens following tooth extraction or loss.
For more information on dental implants and to speak to Dr. Price and our team of practiced dental implant experts, contact our restorative dentistry practice today.