What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the best solution to replace missing teeth because they look, feel, and function just like regular teeth. They are a permanent alternative to removable dentures and other tooth replacement methods.
When you are missing all your teeth, many people think that removable dentures are their only option. But the reality is that we see many denture patients that are unhappy. They have a lot of complaints from the appliances moving around in their mouth to painful sores, the inability to chew normally, and that dreaded thought of them falling out unexpectedly.
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than dental bridges and dentures. They are a permanent solution that provides a stable, dependable bite that doesn’t irritate your gums.
There are many advantages to dental implants:
- Implants offer lifelike color and texture that very closely resemble real teeth.
- Your chewing efficiency is not altered which means that you can enjoy your favorite foods like corn on the cob, apples, and steak.
- They are designed for long-term use to withstand the rigors of biting and offer well-documented durability.
- You can replace just one or several teeth at a time, even an entire set if necessary.
- Your self confidence and quality of life are greatly improved.
- Teeth implants prevent facial collapse, a bone loss condition that takes place when you are missing teeth.
Dental Implants Before and After
Dental implants solve the functional limitations of missing teeth. But when they are done by an accredited Atlanta cosmetic dentist like Dr. Flax, the aesthetics will also be fully restored and every aspect will be custom designed for you. He begins by using face-analyzing technology to evaluate the structure of your mouth and face so that your implants will match and complement your features, resulting in a beautiful smile. You can see an example of one of the beautiful transformations done by Atlanta dentist, Dr. Flax, pictured in these before and after images.
Dental Implant Procedure
This illustration shows the different components of a dental implant. The titanium root is implanted into the jaw bone and the porcelain crown is what will be visible above the gum line.
There are two phases in placing a dental implant:
A titanium root is surgically implanted into the jawbone in the position of the original tooth. A supporting base will be placed on top of that root.
Dr. Flax affixes a custom-made crown that matches your teeth to the supporting base.
What Is Osseointegration?
There is an important healing period that takes place between the surgical and restorative phases where the bone will grow around the implant. This process is called osseointegration. The process can take several months and is essential to the success of the procedure. When Dr. Flax has determined that the healing process is sufficient, the porcelain crown will be placed onto the titanium fixture.
Where is the Dental Implant procedure performed?
Both the surgical and restorative phases are performed right here at our Atlanta dental office, which means you only have to see one dentist throughout the entire process. At some practices, the surgical component is performed elsewhere and another dentist is used for the placement of the crown. This opens up the possibility of miscommunication between them. But Dr. Flax is fully trained and experienced with both parts of the procedure.
What technology is used for Dental Implants?
We offer state-of-the-art technology and planning, which is extremely beneficial to our patients. We work closely with highly specialized experienced implant surgeons and labs to pre-plan your procedure in order to achieve the best results possible. Implant dentistry care has evolved exponentially in recent years and requires cutting-edge technology to keep pace with new procedures.
3-D Cone Beam
In an ongoing effort to provide you with the best care possible, we have recently added the CS 9300 system to our dental practice. This powerful new 3-D imaging system will revolutionize our patient treatment, especially for planning implant care.
Our 3D Cone Beam system provides us with added accuracy and crisp 3D images. With this technology, we can create better diagnoses and plan a successful procedure with a very precise implant placement. Throughout your implant placement exams, you’ll feel more comfortable due to the open design that incorporates both seated and standing options. The system also exposes patients to less radiation because we can target an exact spot we want to look at and won’t need as many retakes. At our practice, we place your overall health first and actively look for ways to improve your procedures and minimize any exposure to radiation.
Are There Any Disadvantages to Dental Implants?
Even though dental implants are becoming the standard of care to replace missing teeth, there are some disadvantages to consider. Due to the healing period between the surgical placement of the implant and the final restoration, the entire process can take several months to complete. Also, implants are often a more expensive treatment than other tooth replacement options.
At Flax Dental we will never push you into any kind of treatment. We will make sure you know the pros and cons of your individual circumstances. To learn more about the different dental treatment options you can visit these pages:
Dental Implants Cost
In order to make dental implants affordable, Flax Dental in Atlanta keeps their fees reasonable and offers a variety of payment options to accommodate your needs. Dr. Flax will not compromise on the quality of materials he uses or the level of care he provides. We invite you to set up a complimentary consultation and ask questions about the fees and treatment plans available. Together, we will find the right plan for your individual needs.
Implant Supported Dentures
Dental implants are by far the best solution to replace missing teeth in Atlanta. But they can be expensive. So Dr. Flax tries to make them affordable for everyone. One way to do this is to use a minimum number of implants. It’s possible to use as few as two dental implants to stabilize a denture. This makes treatment much more affordable and offers many benefits:
- The dentures will be more secure
- They will fit more comfortably, and
- The bone loss that occurs when you are missing teeth is prevented around the implant site.
Placing four to six dental implants, instead of two provides even more stability. If you are interested in learning more, please visit our implant overdentures page.
Choose Flax Dental For Dental Implants
When you choose an implant dentistry, you want to make sure you’re choosing a professional with a high success rate and proper skill, education, experience, and training. Dr. Flax is one of the leading implant dentists in the country and has the extensive post-graduate training necessary to effectively place teeth implants. He has credentials with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. To learn more about Dr. Flax’s impressive implant education and experience, please visit the Meet Dr. Flax page.
We have an outstanding commitment to our patients in Atlanta. When you come to Flax Dental, rest assured, you will receive the best implant dentistry Atlanta has to offer.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
Are you a good candidate for teeth implants? If you’d like to find out, you may schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Flax. Visit our request an appointment page to get this set up.
Call 404-255-9080 to schedule your appointment and learn more about implants. We look forward to taking care of you soon!