Dental Implants An Overview
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.
What is a dental implant?
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.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
- 95% or higher success rate
- Improved bone and gum health (compared to alternative restorations)
- Avoids degradation of healthy teeth (as in conventional bridgework)
- Improves appearance of 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
All three of these restorations 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. The 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.