You may be familiar of dental implants being recommended as alternative to dentures or bridges. Actually, one of the most effective and successful ways to replace missing teeth is by using dental implants. A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a missing natural tooth or root. It offers more comfort and stability than dentures, can restore the ability to chew food and may improve speech and facial appearance. Here at Downtown Atlanta Dentistry , this is one of the many services we offer because we want our patients to have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to their oral health needs.

A dental implant is actually a root replacement, but unlike the root of a tooth it becomes anchored in the bone of the jaw, formerly occupied by a tooth or teeth. Dental implants fuse with, or “integrate” into the bone, a process known as “osseo-integration” (osseo-bone, integrate – to become part of). They are made of commercially pure titanium, a metallic substance used for many years in medicine and dentistry.

Types of Implant Restorations:

  1. Single Tooth Replacements – use one implant and as the name suggests support a single crown
  2. Multiple tooth replacements – If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
  3. Combination of fixed and removable bridgework – generally where implants are used to support a section of fixed bridgework, to which is attached a removable section
  4. Over dentures – where two or more implants, either standard or mini-implants, are installed to provide stabilization of the denture and preserve the underlying bone. Most of the traditional full dentures press directly on the gum and bone causing bone loss by resorption, implant supported over-dentures protect the bone.
  5. Anchorage for tooth movement – Implants are now being used to provide very stable and non-movable anchor units to allow quicker and easier tooth movement
  6. Temporary Bridgework – micro-mini implants which are later taken out when the permanent implants are healed and teeth permanently replaced. They ensure that a person will never be without teeth and can therefore be socially comfortable and functional.

There are two types of dental implants that are considered safe:

  1. Endosteal implants -these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture.
  1. Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.

How to ensure success with dental implants?

The right set of experts are necessary to assess your situation and plan the right treatment for you. While implants are proven to be successful, it may not necessarily be right for you. The success of the implant is dependent on the following:

  • Careful assessment, diagnosis, and understanding of the site where implant replacement is sought and how the site relates to the function of the rest of the teeth
  • The judgment, clinical experience and collaborative efforts of the implant team — dentist, surgeon and technician

The success or failure of dental implant depends on the health of the patient receiving it, although according to research, dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device. With the use of implant, functions such as eating, chewing, talking and smiling become more natural.

Getting an implant still require maintenance. Good oral hygiene should still be practiced. Proper brushing and flossing are still integral part of your daily habits to control and bacteria build up. Even if the procedure for implants is successful, it is imperative that you practice good oral hygiene to make them last longer. Quitting smoking or tobacco is encouraged as it weakens bone structure and contribute to implant failure. Also, paying regular visits to your dentists is highly recommended to help ensure that your implant is in good condition and stays that way.

Contact Downtown Atlanta Dentistry for best dental implants in atlanta . Our office is located in Peachtree Center in the downtown area. We welcome you to visit our office or call today to book an appointment.