What Is A Dental Implant?

What is a dental implant? And how does it work?

Dental implants have become the most popular and natural way to replace a missing tooth or even a full arch of missing teeth. Dental implants are a preferred replacement option for missing teeth for their long term oral health benefits and they’re near 95% success rate. among a myriad of other benefits, dental implants can help patients avoid tooth loss, gum disease, and bone deterioration. Dental implants are a prosthetic tooth made of three essential parts, the implant post, abutment, and the dental restoration.

Sandy Spring, GA implant dentist Dr. Brenda Paulen offers personalized full-service dental implant treatment plans to help patients enjoy their most natural and comfortable smile. Dr. Paulen is a highly trained dentist that promotes patient education for disease prevention and patient wellness and provides conservative and personalized dental care.

The Anatomy of a Dental Implant


A dental crown, bridge or denture will be attached to the dental implant or implants. The type of dental restoration used will depend on the number of missing teeth. Dental crowns are used to replace a single missing tooth, while bridges are more suitable for multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are now commonly used to secure a full denture for a more secure fit and improved function.


Once the implant post has healed, typically in about 3-6 months, Dr. Paulen will attach a small abutment to the top of the implant. This abutment will protrude from the gum line and act as an anchor, designed to securely hold the dental restoration in place.


The dental implant post is made of high-quality titanium. Much like a small screw, the post is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. The dental implant post acts as a prosthetic root structure. The biocompatible dental implant post will fuse with the bone, helping to stabilize the bite and jaw by promoting natural bone regeneration.

Dr. Paulen offers comprehensive, personalized, full-service dental implant treatment plans for consistent, successful results. Dr. Brenda Paulen will consider the location and number of missing teeth as well as provide and thorough analysis of the bone and gum health to help patients determine the most effective treatment plan for restoring the function and health to their smiles.The number of implants a patient requires will depend on their oral health. Dr. Paulen will see every patient through their entire implant procedure.

If you are missing teeth, dental implants can help your regain your oral health, the function of your bite, and confidence in your smile. Contact our Sandy Springs, GA dentist office to learn more about how dental implants can improve your life. You can call our office, or schedule your consultation online.