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Dental Implants – Marietta, GA

Get Your Smile Fully and Naturally Restored!

man admiring his smile with dental implants in MariettaIf you're missing one or more teeth, you deserve a secure, natural-looking way to renew your smile. Dental implants mimic your own tooth structure, so they look and feel completely lifelike. Leading Edge Dentistry offers dental implant restorations to revitalize smiles and change lives. Contact our office to schedule your consultation for dental implants in Marietta!

Why Choose Leading Edge Dentistry for Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

dental implant being placed in the lower jawA dental implant has three parts:

One of our partnered oral surgeons will place the implant post in your jaw, where it merges with the surrounding bone (via osseointegration) to create a sturdy foundation for your replacement teeth. These restorations are personalized to mimic the appearance of your original pearly whites.

Dental implants are the only tooth loss solution to rebuild the entire structure of missing teeth, including the root. The end result is a smile that looks and feels just like the teeth you used to have!

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

dentist holding a model of how dental implants workIn order to provide all of their unique benefits, dental implants require a multi-step process. While bridges and dentures can be designed, created, and placed in just a few weeks, getting dental implants may take several months. Once they’re fully restored, though, we think you’ll find that they’re worth the wait! While every patient’s dental implant process is somewhat different, the four basic steps you can expect are the initial dental implant consultation, the placement surgery, osseointegration, and the delivery of your final restorations.

Benefits of Dental Implants

young woman eating a green appleBecause dental implants are designed to replace the entire tooth, not just the crown portion, they function almost identically to natural teeth. For example, implants work to stimulate your jawbone, allowing it to have the strongest biting force possible. This means you can eat the foods you enjoy without worry of your dental implant shifting out of place.

Another restorative benefit of dental implants is blood flow, which helps facial tissue maintain its natural elasticity. One of the most common side effects of tooth loss is premature sagging and hollowing of the cheeks, a common issue even for those who replace teeth via dentures and bridges. Only dental implants work to prevent premature aging.

Finally, dental implants have a 93% to 95% success rate. With proper care, they can last anywhere between 25 years and a lifetime.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

young woman smiling in the dental chairThere are many ways dental implants can restore teeth. If you need to replace one tooth or an entire arch, they are the most comprehensive solution out there. After we carefully examine your smile and determine important factors, including which teeth need to be replaced and the condition of your oral health, we’ll be able to provide you with a treatment recommendation from there. Consider your options below or give us a call directly to set up an appointment!

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dentist teaching patient about dental implants in Marietta

Dental implants are more versatile than ever, making it easy for just about any adult to have them placed. The exception is we do not place dental implants in patients with still developing jaws. Additionally, you should meet the following conditions to ensure the most successful treatment possible.

  • Great Oral Health – If you have existing dental problems like gum disease or cavities, it’s imperative that these conditions are taken care of ahead of time to reduce the risk of any complications.
  • Good Overall Health – Since dental implant treatment is a form of surgery, you should not have any pre-existing conditions that could dramatically increase your risk for issues during treatment.
  • Jawbone Density – Your jawbone will need to be thick enough to receive a dental implant. If the jawbone is not thick enough in its current state, we will recommend a bone graft to expand its volume.

Missing 1 Tooth

A single tooth is replaced via an implant and porcelain crown. Because the periodontal ligament is removed after a tooth is extracted, it does not have the same natural “give” that a tooth has when applied with pressure. In some ways, this makes dental implants even more durable than natural teeth. The restoration that sits on top is not only created with ceramic materials that mimic enamel, but it is color-matched to blend in with your existing teeth for the best esthetics.

Missing Multiple Teeth

A dental bridge designed to replace multiple teeth can be fitted with two dental implants. The restoration does not require removal of nearby teeth like traditional bridges, allowing you to maintain as much natural tooth structure as possible. While there are some instances where a single implant could hold a two-crown bridge, most implant bridges will require two implants. Thankfully, you won’t necessarily need to have a dedicated implant to hold each tooth you intend to replace (i.e. a three- or four-crown bridge being held with a pair of implants.)

Missing All Teeth

If you feel that your existing denture does not seem to stay in place or you’re looking for a solution that’s easier to maintain, implant dentures are likely for you. By placing four to six implants in specific areas of the mouth, we can easily replace an entire arch of teeth via an implant denture. This option can be made to be either fixed or removable, depending on your preference.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

dentist and patient discussing the cost of dental implantsThe cost of your dental implant treatment can vary based on your needs. For example, you need good oral health and adequate jawbone mass to have dental implants successfully placed. If you don’t have enough jawbone available, a bone graft will be needed, therefore increasing the overall cost of your treatment. Furthermore, those who intend on replacing more than one tooth will have to pay more due to the additional implants and more complex restorations needed.

With that said, it’s worth noting that dental implants are a long-term investment designed to last several decades. This cannot be said for other tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures, which both have a shorter lifespan overall.

Types of Dental Implants

dental bridge being placed onto two dental implant postsNot all dental implant procedures are the same. Some individuals need just one implant to replace a single tooth, whereas other patients require several implants to support a full, implant denture. Naturally, the more implants you require, the higher the cost of your treatment will be. There are also different types of dental implants. For example, mini dental implants may have a different price than their traditional counterparts.

When you visit your dentist in Marietta for your consultation, we’ll discuss all of our implant options with you and help you understand the price for each one.

What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?

dentist showing a patient a dental implant modelYou won’t have to pay for the entirety of your implant treatment upfront. The process takes place across multiple stages, which are spaced out over the course of several months. You’ll only need to pay for each procedure as you undergo it. Some of the stages you may go through include:

  •  Preliminary work, such as extractions or gum disease treatment.
  •  The dental implant placement surgery, wherein the implants are surgically placed into your jawbone.
  •  Abutment placement, a procedure where small pieces are placed on top of your implants. They’ll connect the implants to your new teeth.
  •  Restoration, when you’ll receive your implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

person looking at a dental insurance form on a tablet

There are alternative treatments that cost less than dental implants. However, dental implants present the best value because of the many benefits they offer. They are the only tooth replacement method that replaces both the crowns and roots of missing teeth. They also preserve jawbone health, provide an incredibly strong bite force, and look and feel like natural teeth. Plus, they have the potential to last a lifetime, while other types of tooth replacement, such as traditional dentures, might last for just 5 – 10 years. The vast majority of people who receive dental implants have no regrets about their decision.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

dental team member showing paperwork to a patient

More and more dental insurance companies are adjusting their policies to provide coverage for dental implants. You’ll have to check the specifics of your plan to find out whether it will help you afford your new smile. Even if it does not cover the implants themselves, it may cover preliminary work or your final restoration. In addition to your insurance, you may be able to take advantage of low- or no-interest financing to break up the cost of your treatment into affordable monthly payments. Our team will help you explore your all your options for paying for your new smile.

Dental Implant FAQs

woman smiling in the dental chair

Are dental implants safe?

In years of many studies, dental implants have been proven safe and effective time and time again. The same titanium material that is used in dental implants is also used in replacement procedures elsewhere in the body, such as the hip or knee, confirming their compatibility with human bone. The surgically placed post stimulates natural bone growth in the jaw, just like a natural tooth, keeping the bone strong and healthy longer than any other kind of tooth restoration.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

In order to be considered for dental implants, you need to be in good oral health. Existing infections in your gums or bone can lead to implant failure. The best way to know whether you qualify for dental implants is to have a consultation with at Leading Edge Dentistry. We will be able to review your specific case and provide expert advice for treatment.

Could dental implants be the most affordable option in the long term?

Although dental implants have a higher upfront cost, they can last much longer than dentures or dental bridges, which typically need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years. Over the course of time, choosing dental implants may indeed prove to be the wiser financial investment. To get information about the costs associated with different tooth restoration options, contact our office in Marietta to schedule a consultation. Our experienced team can work with you to make any treatment you choose affordable within your budget.

Do dental implants require special care?

All dental work requires some upkeep. However, once you’ve healed from having your dental implant placed and the restoration has been attached, you simply need to maintain the same healthy oral habits that you use to care for your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing daily and visiting our office twice a year for checkups and cleanings are the best ways to extend the lifespan of your dental implants for as long as possible.

What can cause dental implant failure?

Although dental implants are successful up to 95% of the time, some failures do happen. These can result in the short term from existing infections, the implants being improperly placed, or insufficient bone to support the implant. In our consultation with you, we are thorough, making sure that you’re infection-free and your jawbone is healthy enough for the procedure. We also work with qualified oral surgeons who are able to skillfully place your implants with only rare complications. In the long run, dental implants can fail if they aren’t maintained properly. We do our best to make sure that your dental implants are successful for many years to come.

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