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What is a Dental Implant?

Find out more about this tooth replacement treatment and what it could do for your smile.

If you are one of the millions of Americans dealing with tooth loss, we understand the stress it can cause. No one should have to live life 0001911001566855901.jpgwithout a healthy smile they can be proud of. If you are currently looking for treatment options to replace your missing tooth or teeth, then consider how getting dental implants in downtown Atlanta could change your smile forever.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a metal post made from titanium that acts as a tooth’s root, holding an artificial tooth firmly in place. A dental implant is made up of three parts: the implant itself, an abutment and a dental crown.

How will my downtown Atlanta dentist place my implants?

Under local anesthesia, we will first drill a small hole into the jawbone where your missing tooth was. Then we will put the implant into the drilled hole in the bone. Once the implant is placed, your Atlanta dentist will give it several weeks to heal. During this healing phase the bone and tissue will begin to fuse with the titanium implant.

Once this is complete, we will open up the gums to reveal the implant and then place the abutment on top of it. The abutment is a connector piece that serves to attach the implant to the dental crown. After that, it's only a matter of affixing the crown itself, and voila! You have a new, natural looking tooth.

Am I a good candidate for implants?

Dental implants can be a great option for those looking to replace one, several or even all of their teeth; however, this treatment isn’t for everyone. Good candidates should be in good health, both overall and orally. This means no cavities, untreated gum disease or uncontrolled chronic health problems like diabetes or heart disease. Your immune system should also be strong and you shouldn’t be undergoing treatment or taking medications that could suppress your immune system.

The only way to find out whether dental implants are best for you is to see your downtown Atlanta dentist, Dr. Thomas W. Kauffman for a consultation. Let us help you regain the perfect smile!

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