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Posts for tag: dental implants

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

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!

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
July 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
WhatsSoSpecialAboutDentalImplants

Probably a day doesn’t go by that you don’t encounter advertising for dental implants. And for good reason: implants have taken the world of dentistry by storm.

Since their inception over thirty years ago, implants have rocketed ahead of more conventional tooth replacements to become the premier choice among both dentists and patients. But what is an implant—and why are these state-of-the-art dental devices so popular?

Resemblance to natural teeth. More than any other type of dental restoration, dental implants mimic both the appearance and function of natural teeth. Just as teeth have two main parts—the roots beneath the gum surface and the visible crown—so implants have a similar construction. At their heart, implants are root replacements by way of a titanium metal post imbedded in the jawbone. To this we can permanently attach a life-like porcelain crown or even another form of restoration (more about that in a moment).

Durability. Implant materials and unique design foster a long-term success rate after ten years in the 95-plus percentile. They achieve this longevity primarily due to the use of titanium as the primary metal in the implant post. Because bone has an affinity for titanium, it will grow and adhere to the post over time to create a well-anchored hold. With proper maintenance and care implants can last for decades, making them a wise, cost-effective investment.

Added stability for other restorations. While most people associate implants with single tooth replacements, the technology has a much broader reach. For example, just a few strategically-placed implants can support a removable denture, giving this traditional restoration much more security and stability. What’s more, it can help stop bone loss, one of the main drawbacks of conventional dentures. In like fashion, implants can support a fixed bridge, eliminating the need to permanently alter adjacent teeth often used to support a conventional bridge.

With continuing advances, implant technology is becoming increasingly useful for a variety of restorative situations. Depending on your individual tooth-loss situation, dental implants could put the form and function back in your smile for many years to come.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, 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: Your Best Option for Replacing Teeth.”

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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