If you are missing one or more teeth, you may have unconsciously adjusted the way you smile or eat to hide the gap(s) because you are self-conscious about letting people see them. One popular solution among Marietta dentists is implant dentistry.
Implant dentistry is a multi-step procedure that can help restore your smile, giving you confidence to show off your teeth again.
What’s Involved in Implant Dentistry?
One of the most important things to understand if you are considering implant dentistry is that it is not always an overnight procedure. However, most patients who have dental implants would agree that it is worth the wait.
Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for dental implants, the first procedure is to place the implant. In this step, a small titanium post is surgically implanted in the bone. The healing process from this procedure will take between 6-12 weeks, where you won’t even know it’s there, and involves the jawbone growing around the implant to firmly secure it in your jaw. The implant now acts like the root of the tooth.
Once the bone attaches, we will attach a device to the implant that will hold your new tooth or teeth in a second procedure. At this time we’ll take impressions so we can make new teeth for you that will fit with your bite and match the color of your existing teeth. If you have ever had a crown before, this part of the procedure will be familiar to you.
We work hard to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during the procedures. Most patients report that the dental implant process is similar to other common dental procedures in terms of comfort level.
Benefits Go Beyond Cosmetic Dentistry
Improving your smile is probably a big motivator if you are thinking of dental implants, but did you know there are many other benefits that go way beyond improving your smile? It’s true! Dental implants are durable, long-lasting and convenient. They can also:
- Improve your oral health
- Make it easier for you to eat
- Improve your speech
- Improve your self-esteem
Who is a Candidate for Implant Dentistry?
Generally speaking, if you are in good health, have healthy gums, and are committed to practicing good oral hygiene, you are probably a candidate for dental implants. However, patients who are heavy smokers or who suffer from uncontrolled chronic conditions may still be able to get dental implants. Every patient is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
At Shallowford Dental, we want to help you to have a happy, healthy and confident smile and live a healthy, long life. If you want to explore how getting dental implants can give you a brand new smile, boost your self-esteem, and improve your overall health, call us today at (770) 578-1331, or contact us online, to schedule a free implant consultation.
Come find out for yourself why, when they need dental implants, Marietta residents choose Shallowford Dental as their #1 cosmetic dentist.