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.