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By Dentistry at Camp Creek
June 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

You've lost a tooth, and you know that smile gap is ugly and unhealthy. You'd love to restore your appearance and your ability to eat and dental implantsspeak normally. What's the best tooth replacement option? Find out if a dental implant is right for you. Placed by Dr. Travon Holt at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, dental implants replace missing teeth--from root to crown--for the most stable, most realistic dental prosthetic available.

What is a dental implant?

A state-of-the-art artificial tooth, a dental implant is composed of a titanium screw, a metal alloy extension post and a lifelike porcelain crown. Inserted during a brief, in-office oral surgery, the titanium screw integrates with the surrounding jaw bone. In fact, this bonding process is called osseointegration.

Osseointegration anchors the artificial root and is largely responsible for the procedure's 98 percent success rate, according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Because dental implants imitate real teeth in form, function and stability, dentists also use them to secure multi-tooth bridgework and full dentures.

The treatment

First, Dr. Holt will evaluate your oral health at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta. It's important that dental implant recipients have healthy gums and sufficient jaw bone to support implants. X-rays and CAT scans supply your dentist with the information he needs to help you make the right decision.

If you and your dentist decide on a dental implant, Dr. Holt will numb the site with a local anesthetic. Then, he'll open the gums and drill a small hole into the jaw. After he inserts the implant device, he'll close the gums with a few sutures and send you home to heal.

It's important to keep pressure off the implant as the site heals over the next several weeks to months. After full osseointegration, Dr. Holt will re-open the site and bond the extension post and crown in place.

Caring for dental implants

Fortunately, dental implants cannot decay. However, they can experience an infection called peri-implantitis which resembles destructive gum disease. Bacteria-filled plaque and tartar are major players in tooth decay, periodontitis, and yes, dental implant failure.

To avoid complications such as peri-implantitis, make sure to:

  • Brush twice daily as the American Dental Association advises
  • Floss around your teeth and implant sites each day to keep remove plaque
  • Avoid habitual teeth clenching and grinding (wear a bite guard if necessary)
  • Get semi-annual check-ups and cleanings at Dentistry at Camp Creek
  • Eat a nutritious diet, low in carbohydrates and high in fiber, protein, and calcium

The best smile

After tooth loss, dental implants replace missing teeth so you feel confident and healthy once again. For more information on the dental implant treatment and if it could be right for you, contact Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA. We'd love to tell you all about this marvelous tooth replacement. Call us today at (404) 629-9290.

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