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Posts for tag: dental implants

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
December 18, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
November 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Patients have many reasons for tooth loss, but it doesn’t always have to be this way. Dental implants are a safe, reliable way to improve your smile and confidence. Board-certified dentist Dr. Travon Holt serves the south Atlanta, GA, area at his dentistry practice at Camp Creek, providing cosmetic offerings such as dental implants.

Who is a candidate for dental implants in South Atlanta?

Patients that have experienced some oral trauma through sport or violent accidents may need implants. Other individuals may have severely infected gums that have caused the natural teeth to decay, illnesses that might lead to a vitamin deficiency or malnourishment.

How do I avoid damage to my dental restoration?

Avoid eating hard, sticky foods; brush and floss regularly to discourage the buildup of bacteria, and wear protective gear when playing sports.

Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any complications with your implants. If you have just had your implants installed, pass on the alcohol until fully healed.

Caring for my new dental implants

Another benefit of dental implants is that you will not need to remove them to clean like dentures. Properly installed implants can last at least 25 years if maintained well. This practice includes a consistent dental care routine from your south Georgia dental implant specialist, regular checkups, and observing your teeth to track any changes.

Avoiding abrasive cleansers will help keep your smile bright and reduce sensitivity in the nerves. Another tactic to minimize sensitivity is not to consume foods at extreme temperatures.

Once installed, dental implants feel just like natural teeth. You will not need to remove them like dentures, and they can help maintain the features of your face. Need compassionate, professional care for your teeth in Atlanta, GA? Call Dr. Travon Holt at Camp Creek dentistry at (404) 629-9290 to make an appointment.

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
September 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Among dental restorations, implants are the closest prosthetic we have to real teeth. They not only replace the visible crown, but the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone adequately substitutes for the tooth root. Because of their unique design, implants are not only life-like, they’re highly durable and could potentially last for decades.

But while their success rate is remarkably high (more than 95% exceed the ten-year mark), they can fail. Ironically, one possible cause for implant failure is periodontal (gum) disease. Although an implant’s materials are themselves impervious to disease, the tissues and underlying bone that support the implant aren’t. If these natural tissues become infected, the secure hold the implant has can weaken and fail.

A gum infection usually begins with dental plaque, a thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Certain strains of bacteria within plaque can infect the gums. One particular form of the disease known as peri-implantitis starts as an initial infection and ensuing inflammation of gum tissues around an implant. The disease can quickly spread down to the bone and destroy the integration between the bone and the implant that helps keep the implant in place.

That’s why it’s important for you to keep the implant and the tissues around it clean of plaque, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. This requires daily brushing and flossing around the implant and other teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly for more thorough dental cleanings.

You should also be alert to any signs of disease, especially around implants: gum redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. Because of the rapidity with which peri-implantitis can spread, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.

Preventing gum disease, and treating it promptly if it occurs, is a key part of implant longevity. Preserving your overall dental health will help make sure your implant doesn’t become a loss statistic.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
September 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

A missing tooth affects your appearance and may make eating a little difficult. Dental implants restore missing teeth, improving your Dental Implantappearance and your chewing ability. Do you have a few questions about implants? Your South Atlanta, GA, dentists, Drs. Travon Holt and Lola Oh of Dentistry at Camp Creek, can help you decide if dental implants are a good choice for you?


How do dental implants work?

Thanks to dental implants, it's possible to recreate your entire missing tooth. The restoration process starts by implanting tiny titanium posts in your jawbone. Posts serve as artificial roots for your new teeth and gradually bond to your jawbone during the next several months.

Once your South Atlanta dentist determines that your dental implants are securely attached to your jawbone, he'll add connectors to the top of the implants and make an impression of your mouth. The impression is used to create dental crowns, the final step in the implant process.

Connecting the crown to the implant gives you a fully functioning tooth that looks and feels completely natural.


How long do dental implants last?

Since dental implants become a permanent part of your jawbone, they will probably never need to be replaced. Although implants can become loose due to infections or teeth grinding, it's easy to avoid these problems with good oral hygiene and nightguards. Nightguards are worn over the teeth and prevent damage due to grinding or clenching your teeth. You will need to replace your crowns about every 15 to 20 years.


Are dental implants right for me?

Dental implants are an excellent option for most people who've experienced tooth loss. Most often used to replace single teeth, implants can also restore multiple teeth with implant-supported bridges and dentures.

You'll need to be in good oral and general health to receive dental implants. If you've lost teeth due to gum disease, you must be fully recovered from the disease before you can begin the implant process. Implants may not be the right option for you if you smoke, have an immune system disease or condition, or take medications that affect the immune system.

A strong, deep jawbone is essential for implant success. If the bone isn't deep enough, it may be possible to add bone grafts to increase the depth.


Contact us

Are you ready to improve your smile with dental implants? Call your South Atlanta, GA, dentists, Drs. Travon Holt and Lola Oh of Dentistry at Camp Creek, at (404) 629-9290 to schedule an appointment.

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
January 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in South Atlanta, Georgia can renew your smile

If you want to rebuild and restore your smile, dental implants are right for you! If you want to replace one or more missing teeth with solid, stable, natural-looking tooth replacement, dental implants are right for you too! Dental implants are beneficial for many reasons. Dr. Travon Holt or Dr. Lola Oh at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, Georgia can help you regain your smile with dental implants!

Dental implants can replace your missing teeth, giving you back a smile that is:

  • Strong, so you can eat the foods you love without worrying about breakage or movement
  • Beautiful, so your smile looks natural, just like natural teeth
  • Permanent, because the implants are surrounded by bone so they are a permanent part of your smile
  • Easily maintainable, because you brush and floss your implants right along with your natural teeth

Dental implants are also right for you because they can help maintain the bone in your jaw, giving you a firmer jawline and more youthful contours in your face. Dental implants help prevent the facial sagging that can happen with long-term denture use, and who doesn’t want to look younger?

Dental implants are also stain-resistant. They also boast a success rate of over 95%, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, so you know dental implants have been a great choice for many people, and they will be an excellent choice for you too!

Dental implants provide superb tooth replacement that can’t be matched by other tooth replacement options like bridges or dental appliances. Don’t you and your smile deserve the best? Of course you do, and dental implants are the choice to make.

To find out more about dental implants and what they can do for you, just pick up the phone and call Dr. Travon Holt or Dr. Lola Oh at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, Georgia. Get started on rebuilding and renewing your smile by calling today!