Dental Implants – West Cobb, GA
Get Your Smile Fully and Naturally Restored!
If you're missing 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. Dr. Howard offers dental implant restorations to revitalize smiles and change lives. A dental implant has two parts: an artificial tooth root, and a custom crown or other prosthetic that attaches on top. The root is made of biocompatible titanium, so it's safe for your smile. Contact his office to schedule your next dental implant consultation!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because dental implants are designed to replace the entire root, not just the crown portion, they function almost identically to natural teeth. For example, implants work to stimulate your jaw bone, 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.
Additionally, dental implants look almost identical to natural teeth. There’s no worry of whether or not your smile will effectively blend in with the rest of your teeth. This is in large part because of the porcelain crown, which reflects light much like natural tooth enamel.
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.
Indications for Dental Implants
There 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. Consider your options below!
Missing Single 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.
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.
Missing All Teeth
By placing four to six implants in specific areas of the mouth, we can easily replace an entire arch of teeth via an implant-retained denture. This option can be made to be either fixed or removable, depending on your preference.
Mini Dental Implants
Dr. Howard also offers mini dental implants. This option is ideal for those who do not have sufficient bone volume to receive traditional dental implants. Because of their thinner and smaller form factor, mini dental implants only take a few visits to fully integrate with your bone and require no grafting procedures to place. They can even be fitted with your denture to create a more stable restoration.
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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The 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 jaw bone 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.
Dr. Howard will assess the factors that affect candidacy to help you determine if dental implants are a good choice for your smile. If you qualify for dental implants, we'll refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for implant placement.
Dental Implants FAQs
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 Dr. Howard, who 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 jaw bone 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.