Discover the Best in Restorative Dentistry at Flax Dental
With so many options available today, choosing the right tooth replacement option can feel like a daunting task. But the choice is easy at Flax Dental! Our Sandy Springs, GA, dentist, Dr. Hugh Flax, offers the gold standard of restorative dentistry — dental implants. These high-quality dental restorations mimic the natural structure of your tooth roots, providing unmatched durability and longevity.
With accreditation from the International Congress of Implantology and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dr. Flax is passionate about restoring our patients’ smiles with dental implants. Discover the benefits of implant dentistry in his guide below.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible materials such as titanium surgically placed into your jawbone. These implants are sturdy foundations for replacement teeth, called dental crowns, ensuring a secure anchor in your mouth. Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, dental implants offer a long-lasting solution that look and feel like natural teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a range of benefits that make them an excellent choice for replacing missing teeth. Here are some of the key advantages of dental implants:
- Improved Aesthetics: Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. They’re customized to match the color, size, and shape of your existing teeth, resulting in a seamless and natural-looking smile.
- Increased Stability: Dental implants are securely anchored in your jawbone, providing a stable foundation for replacement teeth. This stability prevents slippage or movement of the prosthetic teeth, ensuring you can enjoy your favorite foods without worry.
- Preservation of Bone Health: When you lose a tooth, the underlying jawbone can deteriorate over time. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, just like natural tooth roots, preventing bone loss and preserving the integrity of your facial structure.
- Longevity and Durability: With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. They’re made from biocompatible materials such as titanium, which fuse with the jawbone, creating a strong and durable foundation for the replacement teeth.
- Convenience and Ease of Maintenance: Dental implants eliminate the need for messy adhesives or specialized cleaning routines. They can be cared for just like your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.
The Dental Implants Process at Flax Dental
During your initial consultation, our Sandy Springs dental implant specialist will thoroughly evaluate your oral health and determine your eligibility for the procedure. This exam will involve a comprehensive examination, including X-rays, CT scans, and impressions of your teeth and jaw.
Once we’ve established that dental implants are the right choice for you, Dr. Flax will develop a customized treatment plan. This plan will account for factors such as the number of missing teeth, bone density, and overall oral health.
Dental Implant Placement
The next step involves the surgical placement of the dental implants into your jawbone. Under local anesthesia, our skilled oral surgeon will carefully insert the implants into the precise locations predetermined during the treatment planning phase. The implants will then be left to integrate with the surrounding bone over several months.
During the osseointegration phase, the dental implants fuse with your jawbone, creating a strong and durable foundation for the replacement teeth. This process is crucial for the long-term success of the dental implant treatment.
Once osseointegration is complete, the abutments are attached to the dental implants. These abutments connect the implants and the final prosthesis, whether it’s a single crown, bridge, or full denture.
Finally, the custom-designed dental crown, crafted to match your natural teeth in size, shape, and color, is securely attached to the abutments. These crowns will not only enhance your smile but also restore your ability to eat, speak, and chew.
Before and after transformations
“Beverly Hills Grade Service, Found Right Here in Atlanta… Thank you Dr. Flax… You and your staff are that level of unique complete service that I want to tell everyone about!”
— Tina A.
“I’ve been going here for over a year and am so happy. The staff is always so nice, helpful, and I love their energy. I’m confident with my smile now!”
— Valeria A.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who’s a good candidate for implants?
Most people are! We often recommend this state-of-the-art tooth-replacement treatment for those who:
- Have many damaged or missing teeth
- Are missing a single tooth
- Need one or more teeth pulled
- Are unhappy with or don’t want traditional dentures
The biggest reasons implants are less successful are smoking habits and underlying medical conditions that affect bone growth.
Does the dental implant procedure hurt?
During the implant placement surgery, you will be under local anesthesia, ensuring you don’t experience any pain. After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort and swelling, but you can manage this with over-the-counter pain medications.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance, such as routine dental appointments, daily brushing and flossing, and a healthy diet, they can last a lifetime.
How long does the entire dental implant process take?
The duration of the dental implant process varies from patient to patient, depending on individual factors such as the need for bone grafting or the complexity of the case. On average, the process can take anywhere from several months to a year.
Illuminate Your Smile — Call (404) 255-9080
If you have minor gumline flaws hampering the look of your smile, consider gum contouring with Dr. Hugh Flax at Flax Dental in Atlanta. This subtler cosmetic solution gently enhances and balances your smile. With Dr. Flax's artistic eye, training, and precision, you'll love your natural-looking results.
Ready to recontour your gumline? Contact Flax Dental in Atlanta to schedule an appointment today! Call (404) 255-9080 or fill out our online contact form to get started. Discover the transformative power of a subtly sculpted smile! We’re happy to meet new and returning patients from the Atlanta area, including Sandy Springs, Buckhead, and Marietta, GA.
Flax Dental is located inside the Perimeter and is a short walk from the MARTA Medical Center station. We offer free parking and convenient office hours.
Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Flax
At Flax Dental, we’re passionate about transforming smiles and enhancing the lives of our patients through cosmetic dentistry in Sandy Springs, GA. With our experienced team, advanced technology, and personalized approach, we’re dedicated to delivering exceptional results that exceed your expectations.
Whether you're looking to brighten your smile, straighten misaligned teeth, or restore missing teeth, we have the expertise and resources to help you achieve your dream smile. Schedule a consultation with Flax Dental today by calling (404) 255-9080, and take the first step towards a confident, radiant smile. We look forward to meeting patients from Sandy Springs and the surrounding areas of Roswell, Vinings, and Brookhaven, GA.