What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants in Atlanta 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.
The Dental Implant consultation
Dental implants solve the functional limitations of missing teeth. But when they are done by an accredited 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 Dr. Flax, pictured in these before and after images.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
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.
- Implants prevent facial collapse, a bone loss condition that takes place when you are missing teeth.
What are the disadvantages of Dental Implants?
Even though dental implants are becoming the standard of care to replace missing teeth, it is important to realize that 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 more expensive than other tooth replacement options.
Atlanta Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Flax will never push you into any kind of treatment. He will present the pros and cons of your individual circumstances. Here is another helpful section on our website that can help you learn more about your options:
The Dental Implant Procedure
In this illustration, you can see the components of a dental implant. The titanium root is implanted into your jaw and the porcelain crown is what you see showing above the gum line.
There are two main 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 to the supporting base.
What to expect during osseointegration process
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
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.
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 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.
Its state-of-the-art technology helps us diagnose and treat you with an enhanced level of accuracy and unprecedented confidence. With precise, crystal-clear 3-D images, this exciting new system offers us detailed insights into specific dental regions of interest. This capability is essential for a wide range of diagnostics that, in turn, help us devise your treatment plans and answer any questions you have about your care and treatment options.
Placing Your Overall Health First
Because our new 3-D system allows us to target an exact area for exposure, you’ll be exposed to significantly less radiation when you receive a radiograph or x-ray. The system combines speed, image quality and precision placement to dramatically reduce the occasional need for retakes.
By using less radiation dose than conventional CT scans, our 3-D system better helps us adhere to the ALARA Principle (“As Low As Reasonably Achievable”), which we follow to ensure we take every precaution to minimize patient exposure to radiation when obtaining the necessary diagnostic images needed for your treatment planning.
Benefits of 3-D Imaging
- High Resolution Images: Dr. Flax can see your teeth with unprecedented detail.
- Less Radiation: your health and safety is our greatest concern.
- Comfortable Positioning: the system’s open design makes your exams more comfortable, with both seated and standing options to accommodate patients of all sizes.
- Improved Care: Dr. Flax can perform a wider range of diagnoses with even greater accuracy.
If you have any questions regarding technologies employed by our practice, we are here to help. After all, Dr. Flax offers the best implant dentistry Atlanta has to offer.
What to know when choosing an Implant Dentist
Its important to be careful when price shopping for dental implants. Many people don’t realize that implant dentistry is not a recognized specialty area within the field of dentistry. This means that any general dentist can offer dental implants and they may not have anywhere near the proper advanced training to do quality work. The sad thing is that many patients that fall into this trap won’t even realize it until many years down the road. Some dentists will cut corners or skimp on the quality of materials in order to provide a lower fee. Then, several years later the implant may become loose or infected which will require a lot of expense to correct the problem. Implant Dentistry requires extensive post-graduate training to do successfully. So if you are considering dental implants, make sure you find a dentist with appropriate training and credentials.
Choose Flax Dental For Dental Implants
Dr. Flax has decades of experience and is passionate about continuous training in the field of cosmetic dentistry, especially implantology. With Dr. Flax, you are in the very best of hands. He is one of the leading implant dentists in the country and is at the forefront of this field of dentistry. Two of the most prestigious organizations that help to validate an implant dentist’s credentials are the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and Dr. Flax has credentials from both of them. He is a graduate of the AAID maxi-course and is in the process of achieving status as an Associate Fellow. In addition, he will soon have completed Mastership certification with the ICOI. He has also trained under the world-renowned Dr. Carl Misch and regularly participates in continuing education courses at the Misch Institute. Dr. Flax’s expertise is so well established that he lectures and trains other dentists in these procedures. To learn more about Dr. Flax’s impressive implant credentials, 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 consultation
Are you a good candidate for dental implants? If you’d like to know without committing to a complete examination, 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!