Dental Implants Sandy Springs, GA

Dental Implants An Overview

A dental implant is a bio-compatible titanium post that is surgically implanted by a dentist into the jaw bone, replacing the root of a missing tooth. When fully integrated with the bone, the dental implant will provide stability and support for a replacement tooth. A dental implant can be used to support a dental crown for a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or a denture to replace a full arch of missing teeth.

Why Choose Proud Smiles for Dental Implant Services?

At Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs, Dr. Brenda Paulen performs a full complement of restorative dental services for missing teeth, including dental implants. Whether you have lost a tooth due to periodontitis, tooth decay, or an injury, Dr. Paulen can help restore your smile and your dental health with a beautiful new dental implant that looks and functions just like a real tooth.

As with all our dental services, you’ll be treated with the nurturing care and professionalism that embodies Dr. Paulen’s personal concern for your health and overall well-being. We will ensure that you are comfortable and informed throughout the implant process and will always be available to address any questions or concerns.

The Main Benefits of Dental Implants Include:

  • 95% or higher success rate
  • Improved bone and gum health (compared to alternative restorations)
  • Avoids degradation of healthy teeth (as in conventional bridgework)
  • Improves the appearance of the smile and lower face
  • Patients can enjoy a healthy diet without restrictions
  • No worry of slippage or dentures “falling out”

Implant-supported Dental Bridges and Dentures

You have many solutions for replacing lost teeth, such as dentures, dental bridges, and implant-supported restorations. All three of these restorations can effectively replace missing teeth. However, a dental implant is the only one that replaces the actual root structure of a tooth.

This means that the prosthetic tooth (or teeth) is permanently fixed in the mouth and does not require any support from neighboring teeth or the use of adhesives. The implanted post also reduces bone loss, a common side effect of lost teeth that can result in a more aged appearance as the jaw shrinks and causes remaining teeth to shift position.

For denture patients, dental implants can minimize speech impediments often associated with loose or ill-fitting dentures. Dental implants will also allow you to eat more foods and chew much more efficiently so you can live your life without concern over what foods you can and cannot eat.

Dental Implants What to Expect

The dental implant process will vary from patient to patient, depending on the need for any treatments prior to placement, the number and type of implants being placed, and the overall condition of existing teeth, gums, and jaw bone.

Atlanta dentist Dr. Paulen will create a personalized treatment plan and coordinate with a local oral surgeon or periodontist who will perform the tooth implant surgery. Dr. Paulen will complete the restoration in our Sandy Springs dental office.

  • Implantation: The placement of the dental implant is a simple surgical procedure performed in the oral surgeon’s office with dental sedation or a local anesthetic. It typically takes three to six months for the implant and soft tissues to heal and fully integrate with the jawbone. In some cases, Dr. Paulen will place the permanent dental crown during this visit. Other times, a temporary crown will be placed while the implant heals.
  • Implant Restoration: After the healing process is complete, Dr. Paulen will uncover the implant and attach the dental crown, bridge, or denture. Your restoration will look and function the same as your natural teeth. You can brush and floss normally. Routine visits to the dentist will ensure long-term health and function of the dental implant.

The All-On-Four Implant Process

All-On-Four dental implants in Sandy Springs
Dr. Paulen can restore a full arch or complete set of missing teeth using the All-On-Four process, or immediate load dentures. This unique process uses high-resolution digital scans and imagery to support treatment planning for the same-day placement of several dental implants and a hybrid denture. Working with a local oral surgeon, Dr. Paulen will coordinate all aspects of the procedure including any extractions.

All-On-Four has enabled a wider range of patients to receive dental implants and enjoy the many benefits they offer for oral health and quality of life.

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Dental Implants FAQs

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants is determined by the number and location of implants, as well as your overall dental health. Dr. Paulen will review all of your options as well as the cost of procedures prior to treatment. Most dental implant procedures are not covered by insurance, however, we will submit the necessary billing and documentation to your insurance company to allow for the maximum reimbursement. Proud Smiles also offers flexible payment options and interest-free financing with Care Credit to help make dental implants more affordable.

Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

In order to be a candidate for dental implants, patients should be healthy enough for surgery, have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the implant. Dr. Paulen will perform a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the various treatment options available to you.

What is the best choice for missing teeth?

Whether you have one or several missing teeth, there are many options for replacement. Dr. Paulen will evaluate your condition and help you choose which replacement option is best for you. In many cases, a dental implant is the best choice for someone who wants a long-lasting, worry-free solution. Dental implants have the highest success rate and patient satisfaction compared with any other type of dental treatment. Dental implants give patients the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth with the ability to eat, drink, speak and smile confidently without any restrictions.

How long does a dental implant last?

With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your dental implant to last a lifetime.