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By Dentistry at Camp Creek
May 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Many patients who come to the dentist for cosmetic concerns ask about how they can fix the gaps in their teeth. Some gaps are due to dental implantstooth size or poor positioning and need orthodontic help. But when a gap is caused by a missing tooth, a dental implant may be the best choice. Get more comfortable with the idea of dental implants in advance of your appointment at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA.

The Problem with Smile Gaps
When there’s a gap in the smile, the problem is more than just cosmetic. Here are a few important reasons why you should have a gap caused by a missing tooth filled as soon as possible:

  • The gap allows food to become trapped, which could be a challenge for your oral health
  • Missing teeth make it harder to thoroughly process and digest food
  • Some words are more difficult to pronounce when you have a missing tooth
  • Bone tissue is lost when there isn’t a tooth rooted inside of the socket

Fixing the Gap
While some patients assume that their only choice is dentures, they are often pleasantly surprised to learn that dental implants are an option. As long as you have enough viable bone tissue left, your South Atlanta dentist can help. Once healed, a dental implant is outfitted with a tooth-colored porcelain crown that fills the gap and looks just like your other teeth. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure may be used to ensure a successful implantation.

The Implant Procedure
Going to an implantation appointment is much like going into the dentist’s office for any other type of restorative procedure. You’ll be sedated and the area will be thoroughly cleaned. The implant will be carefully inserted in the socket—a simple surgical procedure that takes a matter of minutes. When done, your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to care for the implanted device during the healing process. In a few months, you’ll see your South Atlanta dentist again to place the crown.

Close the Gap with Dental Implants
When you have a dental implant, it becomes a permanent part of your smile. You can go through life eating, talking and socializing, confident that no one knows the difference between your implant and the rest of your teeth. Call Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, GA today at (404) 629-9290 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Travon Holt or Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks.

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
April 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
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What's so special about dental implants — and why should you consider one to replace a missing tooth?

Although they've only been widely available for thirty years, dental implants have climbed to the top of tooth replacement choices as the premier restorative option. Since their debut in the 1980s, dentists have placed over 3 million implants.

There's one overriding reason for this popularity: in structure and form, dental implants are the closest replacement we have to a natural tooth. In fact, more than anything else an implant is a root replacement, the part of the tooth you don't see.

The artificial root is a titanium post surgically imbedded into the jaw bone. Later we can attach a porcelain crown to it that looks just like a visible tooth. This breakthrough design enables implants to handle the normal biting forces generated in the mouth for many years.

There's also an advantage in using titanium dental implants. Because bone cells have a special affinity to the metal, they will grow and attach to the implant over time. Not only does this strengthen the implant's hold within the jaw, the added growth also helps deter bone loss, a common problem with missing teeth.

It's this blend of strength and durability that gives implants the highest success rate for any tooth replacement option. Over 95% of implants placed attain the 10-year mark, and most will last for decades.

Dental implant treatment, however, may not be possible in every situation, particularly where significant bone loss has occurred. They're also relatively expensive, although more cost-effective than other options over the long term.

Even so, implants can play an effective and varied role in a dental restoration. While single implants with attached crowns are the most common type of replacement, they can also play a supporting role with other restorative options. As few as two strategically placed implants can provide a more secure connection for removable dentures or fixed bridges.

You'll need to first undergo a thorough dental examination to see if implants could work for you. From there, we'll be happy to discuss your options for using this "best of the best" restoration to achieve a new, beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
October 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

You may know someone with dental implants and not even realize it. That's because these unique restorations, which are surgically dental implantsplaced in the jawbone, blend in perfectly with natural teeth. Dr. Travon Holt and Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks, your dentists in South Atlanta, are proud to offer dental implants to his patients at Dentistry at Camp Creek. Wondering if dental implants could be the tooth restoration you're looking for? Read on.

Are dental implants right for me?

It's easy to see while dental implants are so attractive. However, people wonder if they're the right choice for replacing their teeth. Most patients who come to Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta make excellent candidates for dental implants. There are a few exceptions that may necessitate other avenues, though. If you've been without teeth for a long time, your jawbone may not properly support the implants. People undergoing cancer treatments or those with immune disorders and unmanaged conditions like diabetes may experience complications from dental implant surgery. It's also best for pregnant women to wait until after they give birth before proceeding with most dental procedures. Discussing your health history with your South Atlanta dentist will determine if you're eligible for dental implants and what other options you have.

The long term tooth replacement option

While it's true that the initial cost of implants is higher than other dental restorations, their longevity and ease of care offsets the cost. Unlike crowns, dentures and other treatments, there's no reason to have your implants refitted or repaired. This eliminates the cost of these fixes, which are otherwise inevitable. Since dental implants are a permanent restoration, there's no chance of misplacing them. They also help the jawbone remain stable, eliminating any recession problems that occur with missing teeth.

If you'd like to discuss dental implants with your South Atlanta dentists, Dr. Travon Holt and Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks, we encourage you to contact Dentistry at Camp Creek for a consultation today!

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
April 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

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Implants are highly regarded by both dentists and patients for their versatility and durability. But it’s their life-like appearance that “seals the deal” as the restoration of choice — not only mimicking an individual tooth, but emerging from the gum line and blending indistinguishably with other teeth in color and symmetry.

To achieve this result, we must consider a few factors beforehand, particularly the amount of bone available at the intended implant site. An implant requires a certain amount of bone to properly position it for the most natural crown appearance. The bone present around adjacent teeth can also affect your appearance: in the absence of adequate bone the papillae, triangular shaped gum tissue between teeth, may not regenerate properly between the implant and the natural teeth. This can leave a noticeable void, what dentists call “black hole disease.”

Bone loss is a significant problem particularly after tooth loss. It’s quite possible for you to lose a quarter of the bone’s width in the first year after tooth loss. To avoid this, we often use bone grafting techniques immediately after extraction to lessen bone loss; if it’s already occurred we may be able to use similar reconstructive techniques to rebuild and encourage renewed bone growth. In the end, though, if there remains a significant level of bone loss it may be necessary to consider another option for tooth replacement other than implants.

The thickness of your gum tissue, a genetic trait, can also have an impact on the implant’s ultimate appearance. Thicker gum tissues are generally more resilient and easier to work with surgically. Thinner gum tissues are more susceptible to recession and tend to be more translucent, which could cause the underlying metal implant to be visible. Thus, working with thinner gum tissues requires a more delicate approach when trying to achieve a visually appealing result.

All these factors must be balanced, from implantation to final crown placement. But with careful planning and attention to detail throughout the process, many of these issues can be overcome to produce a satisfying result — a new and appealing smile.

If you would like more information on the aesthetics of dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Matching Teeth & Implants.”


















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