Restore Your Complete Smile At Spaulding Dentistry
Living with missing or damaged teeth can also lead to complications such as jaw deterioration and facial sagging. Fortunately, dental implants are a permanent, natural-looking solution that will restore the function of your teeth and blend with your smile.
Dr.Jocelyn Spaulding is a skilled family and cosmetic dentist who performs state-of-the-art implant procedures at our Decatur, GA office. If you’re looking for natural-looking tooth replacements in Decatur, Clarkston, and the surrounding Atlanta area, read on to see if dental implants are right for you.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth designed to replace missing teeth. They are made of three parts:
- A small titanium post that replaces the root of the missing tooth
- An abutment that serves as a connector
- A porcelain crown that replaces the visible part of the tooth.
Whether you’re missing a single tooth or several teeth, there’s no better or more durable way to restore your smile than with a permanent dental implant solution. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Spaulding today and see what a difference dental implants could make for you.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Our experienced team is expertly trained in providing patients with high-quality, custom implants. At Spaulding Dentistry, you can rest assured that we take the utmost care with your implant procedure. Many patients choose dental implants because of the many benefits they offer:
Low maintenance– Caring for implants is like caring for natural teeth. Simply brush and floss as you would any other day to maintain your oral health.
Increased comfort– Because dental implants are firmly secured in your jaw, there’s no chance for them to slip out of place. They won’t just look natural—they’ll feel like real teeth.
Permanence– With dental implants, you’ll receive a restoration designed to last a lifetime.
Discretion– The only visible part of your restoration is the crown, which Dr. Spaulding will color-match to your natural teeth. This is done to ensure they blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Protection– Dental implants rely solely on a titanium post to anchor them in place. This poses no risk of your implant damaging the surrounding teeth. They also provide support for your other teeth, preventing any potential shifting.
Jaw Restoration– Dental implants are the only restoration treatment that promotes the health of your jawbone. The titanium post fuses to your jaw as a replacement for the original tooth’s roots. This stimulates natural bone growth through a process called osseointegration and can strengthen your jaw in the long term.
The most important factor in being a good candidate for dental implants is having adequate jaw bone density. Patients who suffer from tooth decay or don’t have enough supporting bone may not qualify for dental implants. If this is the case, a supplemental procedure may be necessary to prepare the mouth to receive implants successfully.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant process requires several appointments at our Decatur office.
During your consultation, Dr. Spaulding will perform a comprehensive dental exam and discuss treatment options with you. If you’ve decided on dental implants, we’ll begin the planning phase. This phase consists of taking X-rays of your jaw to ensure your candidacy for dental implants. If not, we’ll recommend a supplemental procedure to move forward with your dental implant treatment.
Before beginning the procedure, we’ll provide you with a local anesthetic to ensure a painless experience. In this phase, we’ll place the titanium post in your jaw. Once we’ve placed the titanium post, we’ll work on attaching the abutment to the post and take a detailed impression of your teeth. We’ll use this impression as a blueprint for creating a permanent, color-matched crown for your implant. Before you leave our office, we’ll provide you with a temporary crown while you recover.
Dental Implants After-Care
After the procedure, you’ll recover and heal at home so the titanium post has time to naturally integrate into your jaw bone. This can last several months, as it takes time for your bone to grow around your dental implant and become strong enough to stay in place.
When your permanent crown is ready, you’ll return once more to our Decatur office for your final placement. We’ll attach your permanent restoration, allowing you to leave our practice with a beautiful, new smile.
Support Your Smile With Our Decatur Implant Dentist
Missing your teeth can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health. Fortunately, Dr. Spaulding and our team at Spaulding Dentistry are ready and able to fully restore your smile. To schedule your implant consultation, call our Decatur office today at (404) 634-5738 or fill out our convenient online contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions
While parts of the procedure can be uncomfortable, it should not be painful. Most patients find the procedure very easy to tolerate, and post-operative discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. In some cases, Dr. Spaulding may recommend ice as well.
You can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth with dental implants. Many patients find that they’re a much better alternative to dentures.
If you schedule a consultation, Dr. Spaulding and the rest of our team will help you determine whether or not dental implants are right for you. We’ll make sure your oral health is good enough for you to tolerate the procedure.
While implants are resistant to cavities and tooth decay, they’re not immune to discoloration or periodontal disease. It’s important to establish a consistent at-home oral health routine.
Dental implants function just like your regular teeth. You’ll practice the same dental hygiene habits as you do your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss regularly, and make sure to visit our office for regular checkups with Dr. Spaulding once every six months.