Dental implants offer a comprehensive solution for people who want to replace worn out teeth and enhance their smile. When compared to other options, implants often represent the best long-term & hassle-free solution for our patients.
Implants look and feel like natural teeth, they last longer and are stronger than any other tooth replacement method. Most of our patents do not notice any difference in “feel” between implants and their old natural teeth. You can put normal pressure on implants, chew regularly, and maintain the implanted teeth by brushing and flossing.
The process of getting implants involves a few well planned steps. After a thorough assessment of the patient’s jaw and teeth have been completed, old teeth will be removed. Titanium screws will be inserted into the jaw to serve as the new tooth’s root. After healing takes place, and the screws have fused sufficiently with the jawbone, porcelain teeth that have been specially made to fit the patient’s mouth will be attached to the anchoring screws. Once the process is complete, implants can be expected to look, feel & behave exactly like normal teeth.
Getting implants may seem a bit daunting, but the process is relatively simple & probably involves less discomfort than you think. If you are tired of dealing with problem areas, & you want a more permanent solution that requires less maintenance than bridges or dentures, implants may be the right choice for you.
If you are comparing implants to other tooth replacement methods, please visit our comparisons page for more information about dental implants versus dentures & bridges. For more information about the implants procedure itself, please see the sections below.
Steps to take
Make an appointment to see if dental implants are right for you. Dr. Carroll will take x-rays so that well fitting & natural looking teeth can be made. Because the support structure for your new teeth will connect directly to your jaw, we will make a thorough assessment of your jawbones health. If necessary, doctors who specialize in oral surgery & tooth support may be consulted before surgery is approved & planned out. These professionals will work together with you & your dentist to determine a plan for healthy & secure implants. They can also be counted on to advise against any procedures that look unlikely to succeed.
Choose an experienced dentist like Dr. Carroll for a professional consultation. Make sure that wherever you go, you are able to choose the actual dentist who will do your procedure. Large practices may pass off the actual implant work to more inexperienced dentists when the time comes to install the new teeth.
The vast majority of dental implant procedures are successful, and patients love the way that their new teeth feel and look. Call Dr. Carroll’s experienced staff today and get started on your own journey to a healthier mouth.
We have directions, and a little more information about implants on some additional pages on our site. For more information about dental implants for patients in Marietta click here: Dental Implants in Marietta. If you live in Smyrna or Vinings you can find directions and additional information here: Dental Implants in Smyrna and Vinings.
The process of getting dental implants involves removing teeth completely; the root area of each tooth is replaced by a metal post “implant.” Next an abutment is attached, this works as an extension of the implant, and an attachment area for the natural looking crown. The crown itself looks and functions just like a normal tooth. The artificial teeth may be either removable (for deep cleaning at a later date) or non-removable, but any successfully implanted tooth will be extremely secure.
As a whole, this system represents a very solid and healthy support system for very natural looking artificial teeth- outperforming dentures or bridges that require more maintenance. Once the process is complete and the implant is fused with your jawbone, implants will not slip, make any noises while chewing, or cause any damage to the jaw.
Full Mouth, Single, & Multi-tooth implants
Patients with only one or two problem-teeth or missing teeth may consider single tooth implant replacements for these areas, especially as an alternative to tooth supported bridges. Patents with more comprehensive teeth issues often choose to have all of their teeth replaced by implants in a full-mouth procedure.
Dental implants may be a good choice for you if:
-You have a healthy enough immune system & oral tissues for the surgery.
-You have one or more missing teeth.
-Your teeth are negatively affecting the way you speak.
-You don’t want to or cannot wear dentures.
-Your jawbone has reached its full growth size, with adequate bone structure to support implants or bone grafts. (In most cases, full jaw development is completed by around age 16 for girls and age 17 for boys.)
As with any surgery, getting dental implants pose some health risks. Significant problems are uncommon, most are minor & can be treated easily after surgery.
-infection of the site.
-damage to areas around the implant site, such as other teeth, nerves, or blood vessels.
-Numbness, pain, or tingling caused by nerve damage around the implant site.
-protrusion into, or interference with your sinus cavities caused by implants in the upper jaw.
In cases where implants fail to fuse with the bone, the implant must be removed, the bone-area repaired, and 1-2 months of healing need to occur before the process can be reattempted. Even though this process isn’t as bad as most people expect, we don’t think that anyone should have to do it twice. That’s why you should choose a dentist with years of experience in these procedures.
After the surgery
No matter how well the procedure goes, there will be some discomfort in getting implants. We will seek to minimize this with appropriate medication, but you should expect to feel some swelling, bruising. Implant sites may hurt, and may bleed slightly as they heal.
Soft foods are recommended as the implant sites heal & as stitches dissolve, but this period shouldn’t take longer than two weeks.
After the healing period is over, you can treat your teeth just like you would treat your natural ones: floss, brush regularly, and schedule regular dental appointments every six to twelve months. Avoid chewing very hard foods- anything that would damage normal teeth will likely also damage implants. Your new teeth aren’t invincible! Continue to avoid tobacco or other items that stain teeth.
Call Dr. Carroll’s if you have any further questions about implants, and set up an appointment to find out how this procedure can improve your dental health.
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I have been a patient of Dr. Carroll for many years. He and his staff are Top Notch in service and how they have handled my Dental care. I highly recommend his services to anyone.
Mar 20, 2015
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