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Have you ever wondered if you could regain the natural look and feel of your teeth? If the idea of using dentures for the rest of your life doesn't sit well with you, there's good news. Dental implants offer a cosmetic and practical solution that closely mimics your natural teeth. Many people choose this innovative option to improve their smile and gain more confidence without the hassle of dentures. If you are considering such a procedure, here's what you need to know about how dental implants work.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Depending on your specific dental conditions and the type of dental implant chosen, your dental provider will identify a treatment plan to meet your specific needs.

When an experienced dentist or oral surgeon places dental implants, it's considered a safe procedure with minimal risk of complications. Make sure you discuss any concerns with your doctor before opting for this type of treatment.

Dental implant placement is typically performed in conjunction with local anesthetic or sedation, so most people don't experience pain during or after the procedure. However, some dental implant patients will experience discomfort while the area heals in the weeks following placement.

Placing a dental implant generally involves several steps and visits to your provider. First, your dentist will surgically embed a titanium post directly into your jawbone. During the healing process, the implant will fuse with the natural jawbone, providing a sturdy foundation for your replacement teeth.

Next, after several weeks or months of healing, a small connector called an abutment is affixed atop your dental implant to connect it with the replacement teeth. The final phase entails attaching your custom-made crowns to the abutment, resulting in teeth that not only look but also function just like your original teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are common options for individuals who have lost one or more teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason and who don't want to wear dentures.

When it comes to restoring missing teeth, dental implants offer unparalleled longevity and a natural feel. You'll experience teeth that closely mimic the real deal; they'll be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. You simply need to continue with regular dental hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing, and routine checkups and cleanings.

Types of Available Implants

Various types of dental implants exist. The most widely used are endosteal implants, which resemble small screws made of titanium that are inserted into your jawbone. Subperiosteal implants, on the other hand, are positioned beneath your gum, either on or above your jawbone. These implants are particularly suitable for individuals with shallow jawbones who wish to bypass bone reconstruction procedures.

Learn More About Dental Implants from Advanced Dentistry of Stockbridge

At Advanced Dentistry of Stockbridge, we can help you determine if dental implants are the right option for you and explain the procedure every step of the way. Even if dental implants aren't the right option for you, we offer many different options for cosmetic dentistry treatment. Call 770-389-0389 or contact us today to schedule a dental implant consultation or to learn more. 

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