Posts for tag: Dental Implants

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
April 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Tooth loss doesn’t have the final say. Fight back with dental implants.

Are you wondering why more and more people are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth? One reason is because Dental-Implantimplants are truly as close as you can get to a real tooth. They both look and function just like the real thing. When you turn to our Athens, GA, periodontist Dr. F. Neal Pylant, to get dental implants here’s what you can expect.

 

How do dental implants work?

An implant is a small tapered post or screw (often made from titanium) that replaces the roots of your teeth. In order for an implant to replace your roots our Athens, GA, implant dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone. Implant surgery is minor and can be performed right here in our office.

Once the implant has been placed into the jawbone we will give your mouth several months to heal (anywhere from 3-6 months). During this time a naturally occurring phenomenon known as osseointegration will occur. Osseointegration is behind the success and longevity of a dental implant. Osseointegration is when the jawbone and tissue fuse together with the implant to become one. Once osseointegration occurs the implant is a permanent part of the jawbone.

Since the implant is situated within the jawbone under the gums this part will not be visible when you smile. In order to place a false tooth over the implant we will first need to place a structure know as an abutment on top of the implant. An abutment is designed to connect the implant and false tooth together. Some dental implants already have built-in abutments.

A dental lab will also create a custom dental crown, which we will then cement on top of the abutment to complete the restoration. How long the treatment process takes will depend on a number of factors including how many implants you are getting, how quickly you heal after surgery and where the implants are being placed. It can take up to one year to get your implant.

 

Are dental implants right for me?

If you are an adult who is healthy but missing at least one tooth then you could be an ideal candidate for dental implants. The only way to truly find out is to schedule an evaluation with us. Factors such as your overall health, the health of your jawbone, your lifestyle, and budget can influence your candidacy for getting implants.

If you are missing one or more teeth in Athens, GA, and are interested in getting dental implants then it’s time to call our office to schedule a consultation with our periodontist Dr. Pylant.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
November 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about your appearance. A missing tooth can make you feel embarrassed or cause dental implantsyou to cover your teeth when you speak or laugh. Luckily, your solution to missing teeth is as easy as asking your periodontist about dental implants. This powerful dental restoration can overhaul your smile, ensuring that you feel as great as you look. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. F. Neal Pylant in Athens, GA.

How do dental implants work?
Dental implants work with the natural structures in your mouth to replace your missing teeth. Unlike a dental bridge or traditional denture, implants do not require the help of the other teeth to stay in place. Instead, your periodontist implants the fixtures, small titanium posts, into the jawbone itself, creating new “roots” where your missing teeth roots once were. Then, as the bone heals, it grows around the metal fixtures to form a natural anchor, holding them securely in place. After the implant sites heal, Dr. Pylant will return you to your general dentist to place permanent restorations on the implants to replace the missing teeth.

Are dental implants safe?
In use for half a century and FDA-approved, dental implants are a safe, reliable option to replace your missing teeth. Thanks to their design, they can stand alone to safely replace one, several, or even all of your teeth. Though there is a risk to any surgical procedure, no matter how small, implants have proven to be a safe, low-risk option.

Can dental implants help me?
A good candidate for dental implants is one who is in good dental and general health and can undergo an oral surgical procedure without complications. Any instances of tooth decay or gum disease in the mouth should be taken care of prior to having implants placed. Additionally, patients should have minimal bone loss in the areas of the implant to ensure there is enough bone to hold the fixture in place.

Dental Implants in Athens, GA
Along with a healthy mouth, patients considering dental implants should have an excellent at-home oral care routine and a strong commitment to maintaining their preventative dental examinations and cleanings twice a year.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. F. Neal Pylant at his practice in Athens, GA. Call (706) 543-0026 to schedule your appointment for a dental implant consultation with Dr. Pylant today!

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
May 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Isn’t it time you said goodbye to tooth loss?

As a child, losing a tooth was an exciting rite of passage (and it often meant a little monetary gift under the pillow, too!). Unfortunately, it dental implantsisn’t the same positive experience when an adult loses a permanent tooth. If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth, the most important thing is that you don’t just ignore the issue. Dr. F. Neal Pylant, our periodontist serving Athens, Georgia, and the surrounding areas, can help replace your missing teeth with the next best thing: dental implants. These small tapered metal posts are designed to take the place of tooth roots. Our Athens, GA, implant dentist will surgically place the implant into a pre-drilled hole in the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be. What makes implants so unique, and also very similar to natural teeth, is that they are made from a biocompatible metal like titanium, meaning that the body doesn’t reject it but, instead, bonds to it.

Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, we will give your mouth time to heal. During this healing process, the bone and tissue will begin to bond around the implant to become one. After a couple of months, the implant and jawbone will fuse together, making the implant a durable and often lifelong foundation from which to support a dental crown.

Of course, if you are missing multiple teeth, or even a full row of teeth, dental implants can still help you get your smile back. In this case, up to six implants can be placed along the jawbone. Once the implants are placed, we can place your preexisting dentures or new dentures over the top of the implant to support and hold the teeth in place. Implant-supported dentures are a great option for someone who is dealing with severe tooth loss who may not be satisfied with how their dentures feel or fit.

Tooth loss doesn’t have to have the final say when it comes to your smile and appearance. Let dental implants turn this around for you. Our Athens, GA, dental team is ready to help. Call us today to schedule your consultation.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental

Are you unsure if dental implants are the ideal tooth restoration option for you? Our Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Neal Pylant, explains how dental implantsyou can benefit from implants.

Implants offer a long-lasting solution

Dental implants are made of titanium, a lightweight metal that bonds to bone. The small posts take the place of your roots and are inserted into your jaw during a minor surgical procedure in our Athens office. It usually takes about three to six months for your implants to osseointegrate, or bond, to your jawbone. Once osseointegration occurs, you'll return to your general dentist to be fitted for a crown that will be added to the top of the implant. In most cases, dental implants will last your entire life. There's no limit to the number of missing teeth dental implants can replace.

Dental implants are the most comfortable option

If you know anyone who has dentures, you've probably heard that they can be uncomfortable if they don't fit properly. Slipping dentures can irritate your gums, making it uncomfortable to chew. Although bridges are much less likely to slip, they can also be uncomfortable if they don't fit well.

Because your new crown is firmly attached to your dental implant, it won't move or slip. In fact, you may find it difficult to tell which tooth is artificial. Comfort is a key reason that many people choose dental implants.

You won't have to alter your diet when you choose dental implants

Dentures reduce your biting power significantly, which makes it impossible to eat hard or tough foods. If you don't want to change your diet, either implants with crowns or implant-supported dentures offer a better option. As already mentioned, implants with crowns do not move or slip. With implant-supported appliances, dentures are attached to implants or a metal framework attached to your jawbone. Both implant options are very stable and give you the power you need to eat corn on the cob or bite into an apple.

Dental implants protect your jawbone

After tooth loss, your jawbone begins to shrink. As the bone recedes, teeth may loosen and fall out. Jawbone recession also causes the muscles in the lower part of your face to sag, making you look older. Dental implants press on your jawbone just as your roots did and help keep it strong and healthy.

Would you like to find out if dental implants are right for you? Call our Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Pylant, at (706) 543-0026 to schedule an appointment.



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