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
January 27, 2020
Category: Dental
Tags: Tooth Loss  

Losing a tooth causes more problems than many people realize. Appearance concerns, issues with chewing, and jawbone weakness can all affect your smile after tooth loss. Fortunately, your periodontist, Dr. F. Neal Pylant of Athens, GA, can help restore your missing teeth with dental implants.

7 Consequences of Tooth Loss

The loss of one or more teeth may affect:

  • Chewing: Tearing, grinding, and chewing food becomes difficult after the loss of one tooth. When you've lost multiple teeth, chewing can become quite challenging.
  • Your Appearance: The change in your appearance is the most obvious effect of tooth loss. When you're used to seeing a full set of teeth in the mirror, gaps can be very disconcerting. Tooth loss may also cause your remaining teeth to drift and overlap, altering your smile and causing bite problems.
  • Speech: Your teeth play a crucial role in clear speech. Missing teeth may cause you to slur words or struggle to pronounce certain sounds.
  • Your Self-Esteem: After tooth loss, you may feel less self-confident around other people and may even stop smiling to avoid revealing your teeth.
  • Your Earning Potential: Although you're just as skilled as you were before you lost one or more teeth, gaps in your smile may make it harder to get a new job or advance in your career.
  • Your Health: Your digestive system works better when food is thoroughly chewed before you swallow it. If you can't chew food completely, you may be more likely to experience stomach upset and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Losing all of your teeth can affect your ability to eat a variety of healthy foods and may result in nutritional deficiencies.
  • Your Jawbone: Tooth loss can cause jawbone resorption, a problem that occurs when your jawbone shrinks due to decreased stimulation from tooth roots. Resorption may eventually cause your remaining teeth to loosen and may contribute to facial sagging.

Dental Implants Restore Your Missing Teeth

Your Athens periodontist may recommend dental implants to replace your missing teeth. Implants added to your jawbone serve as synthetic roots and gradually bond to the bone. When combined with dental crowns, they completely restore your smile to its natural state.

The versatile restoration method is an excellent choice no matter how many teeth you've lost and is a good option for most people. Dental implants offer exceptional biting power, feel natural, keep your jawbone strong, and could possibly last for your entire lifetime.

Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call

Would you like to improve your smile with dental implants? If so, call your Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. F. Neal Pylant, at (706) 543-0026 to schedule an appointment.

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
October 24, 2019
Category: Gum Disease
Tags: Gum Recession  

Gum recession, also known as receding gums, is an oral care concern that can cause future problems for dental patients. It affects your smile esthetically, and can also be a sign of gum disease. Explore a few FAQs (frequently asked questions) that patients have about gum recession, a dental issue that can be treated by our periodontist Dr. F. Neal Plant serving Athens, Georgia, and the surrounding areas.

What Causes Gum Recession?
The gums are soft tissues that protect the roots of the teeth and cover the jaw bone. When the gums recede, it causes sensitivity and pain in some cases, as well as exposure to bad bacteria. The possible causes for gum recession include:

- Brushing too vigorously or with a hard-bristled toothbrush.
- Flossing too aggressively.
- Gingivitis or periodontal disease.
- An injury to the gumline.
- A genetic predisposition to receding gums.

How Does Gum Recession Affect Your Smile?
When the gums recede, they expose more of your tooth than is normal. Usually, only about half of a tooth is visible above the gumline (the crown), but recession causes part of the root to show. Food can get caught in the areas below the gumline, and lead to bacterial dental infections. A case of receding gums may be a sign of gum disease or periodontitis, which could lead to tooth loss if it isn’t treated. Gum recession is also a cosmetic issue—when you smile or laugh you should see a relatively equal gum to tooth ratio.

How Can a Periodontist Fix Gum Recession?
One of the first treatments your Athens, GA, periodontist will likely recommend is scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning of the teeth around the gumline. In some cases, this can stimulate the production of new gum tissue. For advanced periodontal disease, surgery may be recommended. A gum graft can also help regenerate lost gum volume. It’s also important to be gentler on your smile when brushing and flossing after treatment.

Discuss Gum Recession Treatments with Your Periodontist
Have you noticed that your gums are receding, showing too much of the root of each tooth? Dr. F. Neal Pylant can fix this periodontal issue at his office in Athens, GA. Call (706) 543-0026 today to schedule an appointment.

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