Dental implants can give you a full, natural-looking smile that can boost your confidence and make everyday tasks like eating and chewing easier. Learn more about how dental implants can help restore your smile with Dr. Thomas W. Kauffman in Atlanta, GA.
How can dental implants help me?
Dental implants stand apart from other tooth replacement options like dental bridges in that they replace both your missing tooth and its root. The bone slowly grows around the implant to hold it in place. After successful integration, implants provide adequate stimulation for the bone underneath the missing tooth to stay healthy and lowers the risk of bone atrophy. Dental implants usually fall under one of three categories:
- Single Tooth Replacement: A single missing tooth requires only one implant which is surgically placed into the bone underneath the missing tooth’s socket. This implant holds a single dental crown, which replaces the missing tooth to complete your smile.
- Multiple Tooth Replacement: Several missing teeth in a row benefit from multiple tooth replacement. The restoration itself is usually two or more dental crowns in a row. An implant on either side of the gap holds the restoration in place.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Those who wear traditional dentures may realize they wish to have permanent or implant-supported dentures. Four or more implants throughout the arch of the mouth secure the denture in place and eliminate the risk of the denture falling out or moving around in the mouth.
Dental Implants in Atlanta, GA
Candidates for dental implants require sufficient bone to hold the implant in place. If the patient does not meet this requirement, dentists may recommend a bone graft to rebuild the missing bone. Candidates should also have a committed at-home oral care routine which includes brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing at least once. This important routine keeps the teeth and implants healthy between their regular dental examinations and cleanings, which ideally take place every six months.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Thomas W. Kauffman in Atlanta, GA. Call (404) 524-1981 to schedule your consultation for dental implants with Dr. Kauffman today!