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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 discussing the cost of dental implants in Marietta with a patient

The cost of dental implants in Marietta can vary based on your individual needs. For example, you should have decent oral health and adequate jawbone mass before dental implants can be successfully placed. If you don’t have enough jawbone density 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 on average. Our team will walk you through your financial options and help you find ways of easily fitting the cost of your new smile into your budget!

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

implant dentist in Marietta showing a patient their X-rays

While some patients can move straight into the surgical portion of their dental implant treatment, others require preparatory procedures beforehand. Gum disease therapy, bone grafting, and tooth extractions add to your total costs but are essential in helping your new teeth last for decades to come.

The dental implant placement surgery itself incurs its own cost, as does any sedation or anesthetic used during the procedure. We should mention that you’ll be responsible for paying two separate bills: one from the implant dentist in Marietta who handles your surgery, and another from our office.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

three dental implants with abutments and crowns lying on a flat surface

Not 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. The abutments and restorations that are placed on top of your implants will also vary in price depending on the specifics of your treatment.

When you visit us for a dental implant consultation, we’ll go over all of your treatment options with you and help you understand the price of each one.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money Over Time

man putting coins into a pink piggy bank

Although dental bridges and dentures cost less at first, dental implants in Marietta may actually be the more cost-effective solution in the long term. They have the potential to last for a lifetime, while traditional options tend to break down and need replacing after only five to ten years. Dental implants also can be maintained just like real teeth, so they don’t require you to purchase specialized cleaning solutions (or adhesives to keep them in place). Lastly, dental implants result in better oral health, helping you minimize the risk of issues like gum disease that could require expensive treatments later on.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

dental insurance form on a blue clipboard

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 your insurance does not cover the implant posts themselves or their surgical placement, it may cover preliminary work, your final restoration, or some other portion of your treatment.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

patient talking to her dental hygienist

In addition to dental insurance, you may be able to take advantage of low- or no-interest financing to break up the cost of your treatment into manageable monthly payments. Leading Edge Dentistry has partnered with CareCredit and Lending Club to make dental care more affordable. Our team will help you explore your all your options for paying for your new smile without breaking the bank!

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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