Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
Tooth loss can impact the appearance of your smile, your confidence, and your oral health. When left untreated, your remaining teeth will become misaligned and can eventually become lost. Fortunately, you can fully replace one or more missing teeth with dental implants. These titanium or zirconia replacement tooth roots are surgically implanted into the jaw to hold dental crowns, bridges, dentures, or All-On-4 prosthetics (also called Hybrid Dentures). Drs. Kirk Kimmerling, Garrick McGrath and Lincoln Fantaski at Verde Point Dental Solutions in Marietta, GA, can provide every stage of dental implant treatment in one office, with no need for inconvenient referrals.
Types of Dental Implants
We offer different types of dental implants to accommodate our patients' needs. In addition to traditional single tooth implants, we provide implant bridges, All-on-4® , implant dentures, and mini dental implants. These options can often eliminate the need for bone grafting if you have experienced too much jaw atrophy (shrinkage that follows tooth loss) to support traditional implants. While mini implants are smaller in diameter and require less bone tissue for support, All-on-4 implants are positioned at special angles to maximize contact with the available jawbone. During your consultation, your doctor will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine which type of implant is best for you. Depending on how many teeth you need restored, your dentist may recommend different types, or numbers of implants.
Dental Implant Advantages
A traditional dental bridge, denture, or crown can only replace the portion of the tooth above the gumline. Traditional dentures can easily slip and shift out of place. Meanwhile, bone atrophy will occur in the absence of tooth roots.
Implants allow you to restore the entire tooth from root to crown. They hold your restorations firmly in place as you chew and speak. They are also the only restorative dentistry solution that halts bone atrophy following tooth loss. With dental implants, you can experience a complete and natural-looking smile that allows you to enunciate and feel confident.
Maximizing Your Benefits
Our practice has implemented several measures to improve your treatment outcome. We often use surgical guides to make certain that your implant posts are placed in the best possible positions. This minimizes the risk of complications and can help your implants provide a lifetime of benefits.
We also use the highest quality materials and the latest implant technology. Using top-of-the-line implants and restoration materials allows us to provide long-lasting results that help you feel pride in your appearance.
With dental implants, you can experience a complete and natural-looking smile that allows you to enunciate and feel confident.
What to Expect from the Implant Procedure
Placing traditional implants requires two surgical procedures. During the first, Dr. McGrath, Dr. Kimmerling, or Dr. Fantaski will place the dental implants into the jawbone. It will take about four to six months for the posts to become fused with the jawbone.
After this healing period, you will undergo a second procedure in which special abutments are attached to the implants. These abutments will connect to your restorations. The gum tissue must heal in a way that leaves the abutments accessible above the gumline. This takes about two weeks. Sometimes, this second stage dental surgery can be incorporated into the first, and the healing abutment can be placed on the implant at time of placement. Your doctor will determine during the appointment which option will result in the best clinical outcome for your case.
After the dental implant surgeries, and once the gums around the implant heal, we will take impressions that will guide the fabrication of your restorations. When your restorations are complete, you will return to have them attached to the implants.
All-on-4 and mini implants can sometimes be restored immediately following placement. During the planning phase, your doctor will let you know when to expect each stage of treatment to take place.
Schedule a Consultation
The Verde Point Dental Associates team is here answer any questions you may have about dental implants from the step by step procedure to the implant cost, and whether implants are right for you. Book a consultation today by contacting us online or calling us at (770) 423-4900.
“My husband and I love Verde Pointe and Dr. Kirk. We have been patients for about 5 years, and it has been the best dental experience we have ever had. Everyone is always very nice and helpful. The entire visit turns into a relaxing experience.” Roxanne French