FAQs about Dental Implants
By AT Dental, PC
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants DiagramCongratulations on deciding to replace your missing tooth. Smile gaps harm personal appearance, self-esteem, jaw bone structure and oral function. Now, explore dental implants from your dentist in Lawrenceville, Dr. Tu Nguyen. He and his team at AT Dental place implants to fill smile gaps with the strongest, most realistic prosthetics available today. Learn about implants by reading answers to FAQs about this procedure.

What is a dental implant?

It's an artificial tooth surgically placed into a patient's jaw bone beneath the gums. The typical implant has three parts: a titanium screw or cylinder, a metal alloy abutment and a custom-made porcelain crown.

How long does it take to get an implant?

Your dentist at AT Dental in Lawrenceville tells his patients that implants take several weeks to months. That's because the implant device itself must fully integrate into the jaw bone before proceeding with the rest of the restoration. This period of healing is called osseointegration.

Who can get an implant?

Older teens whose jaw bones are fully developed and adults with sufficient jaw bone density and good overall health can receive dental implants. Also, the best candidates practice diligent oral hygiene at home and get their routine check-ups and cleanings as scheduled at AT Dental.

Is the process painful?

Dr. Nguyen makes sure his implant patients are completely comfortable before he inserts the implant device. Usually, people need only a numbing shot just like when they get a filling or crown. The oral surgery itself is brief and needs only a few sutures to close the site. It may be sore for a few days, but over the counter pain relievers take care of the discomfort.

Isn't a traditional bridge or partial just as good as a dental implant?

While these options are quicker and less expensive, they do not last as long as an implant, and they do nothing to improve jaw bone size and strength. Implants have a lifespan of several decades, says the Institute of Dental Implant Awareness. The IDIA also reports that implants can anchor wobbly dentures or anchor bridgework, causing no wear and tear on neighboring natural teeth.

Are implants hard to care for?

No, while implant-supported prosthetics, such as bridges or dentures, may need a bit more time and a special brush or two to keep clean, single-tooth implants stay strong and healthy with your usual brushing and flossing. Of course, you should see your dentist semi-annually, or as he advises, for your hygienic cleanings and examinations.

Come see us

At AT Dental, the friendly staff will be happy to answer any other questions you have regarding dental implants. They value good communication and fully-informed patients. To arrange an implant consultation, please call (770) 277-0774.


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