Dental implants have the potential to last for decades. In fact, most patients can easily expect to enjoy their newly rebuild smile for a lifetime! Dental implants are rooted into the jawbone, which provides a firm foundation and prevents jawbone loss. Dentures and dental bridges need to be replaced every 5-10 years at most because they don’t do anything to prevent jawbone loss, which allows the mouth to change shape and causes them to lose their fit.
Dental Implants - Fayetteville, GA
The Modern, Trusted Solution
to Replacing Teeth
Some of our patients feel as though traditional tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges don’t quite meld with their lifestyle and are looking for a more permanent alternative. In this case, we’ll likely recommend modern dental implants in Fayetteville. This treatment takes the aesthetic benefits of traditional prosthetics and combines them with the strong, stable, and unwavering foundation of dental implants in our Fayetteville, GA dental office. That way, your replacement teeth don’t just look completely natural, they also feel that way.
Why Choose Sparking Smiles Fayetteville for Dental Implants?
- Cone Beam CT Imaging Device
- Beautifully Crafted Dental Restorations
- A Long-Lasting Solution to Missing Teeth
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small, titanium posts that are surgically placed below the gumline to replace the root structure of your missing teeth. They’re typically made from titanium, which is a biocompatible metal that has the ability to naturally fuse with your jawbone, providing it with necessary stimulation and blood flow to stay dense and strong. Once this process has occurred (known as osseointegration), our team can then attach a restoration to them to restore the missing visible portion of your tooth or teeth.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
While the dental implant process differs for every patient based on their needs, here’s a basic outline of what you can expect throughout the treatment:
- The Initial Consultation. During your initial consultation, we’ll examine your mouth and determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure. We’ll also discuss the goals you have throughout the process.
- Dental Implant Preparation & Placement. If necessary, we’ll perform socket preservation in our dental office to ensure that your jawbone is strong enough to support your new implants. Then, you’ll be referred to a local periodontist who will perform the placement surgery.
- Osseointegration Process & Abutment Attachment. After your surgery, you’ll undergo a process called osseointegration, where your implants will fuse with your jawbone. Then, we’ll attach small, metal connector pieces called abutments to the part of your implant that’s visible above your gumline.
- Placing Your Restorations. Once your permanent restorations are made, we’ll call you in to secure them to your abutments and complete your smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants have countless benefits to offer patients who are good candidates for them, including:
- Lifespan of 35+ years with routine maintenance
- Easy to care for
- Preserve your natural facial structure
- Prevent jawbone deterioration
- Enhance eating and speaking abilities
- Natural looking and feeling restorations
Who Can Dental Implants Help?
While some people can reap benefits from dental implants, others may find that traditional restorations work best for their lifestyle and needs. The best way to learn whether this treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee or Dr. Lauren Lee Polito, DMD. During this visit, we’ll examine your mouth, speak with you about the goals and expectations that you may have for replacing your teeth, and help you determine whether this option is right for you. If you choose to move forward with treatment, we’ll outline a detailed plan for you so you know exactly what to expect from the process.
Missing One Tooth
For a single missing tooth, we can place one dental implant below the gumline. This will hold an implant-retained dental crown that will fill the gap between your teeth. Not only will this complete your smile, but it will also prevent orthodontic issues from developing down the road.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you have several missing teeth in a row, we can attach a dental bridge to two dental implants that are placed on either side of the gap in your smile. Each implant will support either side of the prosthetic. This means that no alteration of your surrounding, healthy teeth is necessary, like it would be if you got a traditional bridge.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re missing all of your teeth along an arch, gone are the days of slipping and shifting dentures. Instead, we’ll secure your prosthetic to anywhere from four to eight dental implants that are strategically located along your arch, holding them in place without having to fuss with denture adhesive.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
As mentioned before, every dental implant procedure differs based on a patient’s tooth loss situation, current oral health status, and a variety of other factors. The cost of your procedure can only be determined once we have an opportunity to take a look at your mouth and jaw during your initial consultation. Based on our findings, we’ll develop a customized treatment plan and discuss, in detail, the cost for each step of your procedure. If you have any questions, never hesitate to ask our team! We’re always here to help.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants in Fayetteville are the modern, trusted solution to replacing teeth. However, it’s only natural to want to learn everything you can about them before choosing them as the best solution for your unique smile. We encourage you to come see us for a consultation so we can go over the dental implant process with you step by step and answer all your questions personally. In the meantime, we’ve gathered a few of the most common dental implant questions we get below so you can learn more.
While dental implant surgery may sound somewhat daunting at first, most patients are pleasantly surprised at how pain-free the experience is. We partner with the best local specialists for this step of treatment to ensure you receive the best results possible. With the help of modern numbing medication, sedation dentistry, and their advanced training, getting dental implants shouldn’t hurt at all.
When placed by a skilled professional like one of the specialists we partner with, dental implants boast an amazing success rate of over 95%, even 10 years after placement! However, the long-term success of your dental implants will depend largely on how well you take care of them. Bad habits and poor oral hygiene can boost your risk of dental implant failure, so it’s important that you take the necessary precautions to keep your smile healthy. Brushing and flossing regularly, not using your teeth as tools, and visiting us for biannual dental checkups are some of the most important ways to ensure the long-term success of your new smile.
Before your surgery, the specialist placing your dental implants will explain what you can expect during the healing process. Then, before you leave their office after your surgery, they will send you home with specific recovery instructions. However, while you should plan to rest for an entire day after getting dental implants, most patients are able to resume normal daily activities the following day. For the first several days, make sure to avoid strenuous activity and hard, crunchy foods. Some swelling and tenderness in the mouth, face, and jaw is normal after any oral surgery, but these symptoms should be manageable and wear off entirely within a few weeks. Remember, although you may feel fully recovered from your dental implant surgery within a month or so, your jaw will need anywhere from 3-6 months to heal completely.