When you lose a tooth due to an infection or old age, it can feel like a big disappointment or hole in your life. Learning to chew without that tooth or several teeth can feel unnatural and even take a stab at your self-confidence. You shouldn’t have to live without teeth. There are some patients out there who are living with dentures but are unhappy with how insecure they feel or live in a constant state of worry that they will fall out at the wrong times. All of these different problems can be resolved with dental implants from Old Milton Dental. Discover if dental implants in Alpharetta are the right solution for you.
What are Dental Implants?
If you aren’t too sure just what dental implants are, they are essentially false tooth roots. When you lose a tooth, you no longer have a tooth root in your jaw to hold a tooth in place. In order to replace these missing tooth roots, you can receive a dental implant. The dental implant is surgically inserted into your jaw to act as a tooth root, securing your restoration in place. Most patients prefer dental implants over an unsecured restoration because it feels more natural. With your dental implant, you can expect to retain bone density in your jaw which will help keep your other teeth in place as well as help you maintain a youthful appearance in your face.
As long as you are healthy, have enough bone density and are free of diseases or disorders that interfere with the healing process, you are most likely a good candidate for dental implants in Alpharetta.
How Many Teeth are You Missing?
Before we can give you dental implants, we need to know how many teeth you are missing so that we can determine which restoration is best for your mouth. If you need to have some teeth extracted, we need to complete these and allow your gums to heal before we move forward with your dental implants surgery. If you are only missing a single tooth, a dental crown can replace that missing tooth. If you are missing a section of teeth, we can use a dental bridge or a partial denture to replace your teeth. Lastly, if you are missing a complete jaw of teeth, we can use implant supported dentures or all-on-4 dentures. Regardless of how many teeth you are missing, there is a dental implants solution for you.
During your consultation for dental implants with our dentist in Alpharetta, we will first verify that you are indeed a good candidate for dental implants. We will also determine if we need to complete any extractions or dental work prior to your appointment. If you need a bone graft, this will also need to be completed before your procedure. We can then discuss which restoration is right for you and begin planning your surgery. If you would prefer to be less conscious for your procedure, please let us know so we can provide you with sedation dentistry to make you feel more comfortable.
Dental Crowns for Dental Implants
One of the most common types of dental implants used to replace missing teeth are dental crowns. Dental crowns are essentially fake teeth that are made of porcelain. Our dentist can actually have these made in our office using our CEREC machine. The dental crown is shaped to complement your surrounding teeth. In addition, we pick the correct color to match your smile. Dental crowns are made of a strong porcelain that you can expect to last for the rest of your life. To protect your dental crown from damage after it’s attached to your dental implant, we recommend caring for it as though it were a real tooth. Instead of opting for a dental bridge, give yourself something more secure and long lasting like a dental crown with a dental implant.
Dental Implants Supported Dental Bridges
Another type of dental implants we can provide at our Alpharetta dental office are dental implant supported dental bridges. This is ideal for patients who are missing 3 or 4 teeth in the same section. The implant-supported dental bridge requires two dental implants. The dental implants will act as the anchors that hold the bridge together. The dental bridge will be 3 or 4 teeth in a row with the two ends attached to the dental implants. Aside from not being able to floss between the middle teeth, your dental bridge will look and feel just like natural teeth.
Dental Implants Supported Dentures
One of the most popular types of dental implants at our Alpharetta dentist office is implant supported dentures. These are used when you have a large section or entire jaw of missing teeth. If you require partial dentures, we will only need to place a few dental implants to replace a section of missing teeth. If you have a jaw of missing teeth, we will need to place 6 to 8 dental implants to secure your dentures in place. When your dentures are secured to the dental implants, you don’t have to remove them for cleaning or ever worry about them falling out when you’re eating or talking again. They will feel more natural and give you a boost in self-confidence.
This is another option for implant supported dentures but only require 4 dental implants per jaw to secure your dentures in place. Our patients prefer this method because not only is it cheaper, but it requires less time in surgery. If you want to replace an entire jaw of missing teeth, you only need 4 dental implants.
Dental Implants in Alpharetta Can Restore Your Smile, Schedule an Appointment Today
Find out which type of dental implants in Alpharetta is right for your missing teeth. Our dentist is happy to meet with you for a consultation. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form today to schedule an appointment.