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By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
June 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

The American Dental Association (ADA) states that experiencing any form of tooth loss could greatly affect how you eat and speak, as well as cause the adjacent teeth to shift and cause bone loss around the missing tooth/teeth. Here at F. Neal Pylant, DMD, PC, the practice of Dr. Neal Pylant in Athens, GA, we use dental implants for replacing missing teeth.

Here’s what you should know about this treatment option:
What Exactly is a Dental Implant?

The dental implant is designed to be a substitute root of the affected tooth. Made from titanium, the post is implanted into the jawbone where an abutment is either placed on, or built onto, the top of the implant. This serves as a connection to the replacement tooth. It is then topped off with a custom-fabricated crown to match and blend with the adjacent teeth.
Could Dental Implants be Used for Replacing Multiple Teeth?

This is one of the main advantages of dental implants. They can be used to replace a single tooth, reconstruct multiple teeth, or support an entire removable lower denture. For a full set of permanent top or bottom teeth, as little as four implants could, likewise, suffice.
How Long Will The Surgery Site Heal and is It Painful?

Integrating dental implants could take several months to give the bone around it time to heal properly and secure the implant in place. The procedure could involve sedating the patient so there would be little to almost no discomfort at all.
Do I Need a Specialist to Get Dental Implants?

There is a certain level of complexity involved in the implant procedure. The implant must be carefully placed to eliminate potential complications. Proper education, competence, experience, and training is required for a dentist to perform an implant procedure.
Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?

Your dentist in Athens, GA, can determine whether you are qualified for a dental implant procedure through a complete oral examination. The health and condition of your jawbone must be determined to properly evaluate if a dental implant procedure would be successful for you.
For More Details on Dental Implants, Give Us a Call

Dial (706) 543-0026 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Neal Pylant here at F. Neal Pylant, DMD, PC in Athens, GA.

Dental implants are state-of-the-art oral appliances that replace missing teeth. Dr. F. Neal Pylant of Athens, GA, provides patients with dental implants to rejuvenate smiles, restore function and prevent further damage.

More About Dental Implants

Dental implants are interesting in that they are made of biocompatible titanium posts that replace missing tooth roots when they fuse to the rest of your jawbone. So, does this "biocompatible" word mean? It means your body doesn't reject the implant, which is why dental implants have a 95% success rate.

Dr. Pylant inserts the titanium post where the tooth once was and seals that area for about three to six months to allow the titanium to fuse to the bone. That process of fusion is called osseointegration, and it's essential because it reinforces your jaw to prevent bone deterioration and shrinkage. Bone deterioration makes a person look older and starts affecting simple functions like speech and eating.

Dental implants are probably the best option to prevent future problems, especially after a connector is screwed into the post to hold a crown on top of your gum line. Basically, the only thing people will see is another tooth that matches the rest of your natural teeth. No one will know, which is why dental implants are also a great aesthetic choice as well.

So, the big question is, who qualifies for dental implant treatment?

  1.     You have to have adequate bone density because poor bone density won't help in the osseointegration process mentioned above.
  2.     You need to be in good health, and that means a good immune system and proper dental care.
  3.     Visit your Athens dentist, Dr. Pylant, as soon as you lose your tooth for two reasons. The first is he may be able to put it back. Second, you want to avoid bone deterioration that may hinder dental implant success.
  4.     If you're a tooth grinder, make sure you wear a mouthguard at night while you sleep.

Do you need a consultation?

Dental implants are smart and economic in the long run. Contact Dr. F. Neal Pylant of Athens, GA, at 706-543-0026 for more information today!

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

When people consider teeth replacement options, their first priority is usually how the treatment can improve their smile. One of the most Implantsought-after and efficient options for creating a perfect smile is dental implants. Available at our practice in Athens, GA, our dentist, Dr. F. Neal Pylant, utilizes dental implants to give our patients flawless smiles. But it’s vital to note that aside from cosmetic benefits, dental implants, likewise, offer benefits to your general health.

Dental Implants Help Keep Your Other Teeth in Their Proper Position

Think of your teeth as dominoes. When they are all in their proper positions, they sit and look neat. However, once you remove one domino from its place, the other dominoes will naturally shift or fall. Similarly, this eventually happens once you have a missing tooth since the real teeth adjacent to your missing tooth won’t have the support they need to keep them in place.

Dental Implants Make Eating Easier

Because dental implants are as durable as your real teeth, you can consume a myriad of foods that will help keep your health in check. The dental implant post we utilize here in our practice at Athens, GA, is crafted from extremely durable titanium that will be implanted into your jawbone surgically to ensure a strong and secure fit.

Dental Implants Improve Bone Health

Did you know that without stimulation from real teeth, your jawbone will gradually lose its bone mass and deteriorate? But since an implant replaces your natural tooth root, it will provide the stimulation your jawbone needs and prevent bone loss.

Dental Implants Help Prevent Gum Disease

The spaces left by missing teeth might serve as a perfect place for bacteria to flourish, which, in turn, raises your risk of developing gum disease. The thing is, gum disease not only impacts your oral health, but your overall health as well. Studies have shown that gum disease can raise your risk of developing all sorts of chronic health issues like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Fortunately, filling gaps left by missing teeth with implants can aid in preventing gum disease and all the other health conditions associated with it.

Dental Implants Promote Self-Confidence

Dental implants will enable you to smile freely without worries that people will see your incomplete smile. Likewise, they will make speaking and, hence, socializing much easier because you won’t need to concern yourself with hiding gaps between your teeth.

Considering Dental Implants?

Call our practice in Athens, GA, at (706) 543-0026 to book your appointment with Dr. F. Neal Pylant.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
July 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Having a missing tooth can have a negative impact on several aspects of your life. Eating is often uncomfortable, keeping your teeth clean Dental Implantcan be a challenge, and it can be difficult to smile when you feel like your teeth don't look nice. But dental implants from our periodontist Dr. F. Neal Plant serving Athens, Georgia, and the surrounding areas, can change all that. Discover some of the ways dental implants can benefit you.


Return to normal

Your teeth are meant to work together as a full set. When one is absent, the others nearby respond to the loss by shifting out of place in an attempt to "find" the missing tooth. This can lead to a chain reaction of alignment problems and more tooth loss. Dental implants stop this detrimental process by replacing an entire tooth, from root to crown.


Superior appearance

With dental implants from our Athens periodontist, there are no conspicuous attachment wires or clips. All of the hardware associated with these restorations are completely hidden underneath your gum line. The only visible portion, the crown, is expertly crafted from porcelain to look exactly like one of your own natural teeth, down to the color, shape, and translucency. No one will know you have a tooth restoration; even you may forget from time to time!


Not just for looks

While dental implants are the most realistic and attractive restoration available today, they have much more to offer our patients. They're the most low maintenance way to replace missing teeth, requiring no removal, special cleaning products, or periodic adjustments. They can be cleaned and flossed around just like a natural tooth. With proper care, including regular checkups with your dentist, you can expect your dental implants to last for many years.

To schedule a consultation about dental implants with Dr. F. Neal Pylant, contact our office in Athens, Georgia today.

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.

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F. Neal Pylant, D.M.D., P.C.

375 Hawthorne Lane Athens, GA 30606-2153