An effective and natural-looking solution
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. They are one of the most effective and natural-looking solutions available. At the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend dental implants of the highest quality. When you smile, your porcelain implant crown will blend so perfectly that it will look like your natural smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a form of tooth replacement that mimics the anatomy of a natural tooth. An implant fixture has a stem, usually made of titanium that is surgically placed in your jawbone. The titanium root is located below your gumline, just like a natural tooth root. During a healing period of several months, the implant and your jawbone fuse together in a process
called osseointegration. Afterward, a dental crown is secured to the top of the fixture. Our cosmetic dentists provide lifelike crowns that match the color, characteristics, and translucency of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are beneficial for your oral health in several ways.
- When a missing tooth is replaced with an implant, it prevents other teeth from drifting toward the empty space and becoming misaligned.
- When a tooth is missing, your body resorbs the bone from the space and uses the minerals from it elsewhere in your body. If all of your teeth are missing, jawbone shrinkage results in facial collapse. Dental implants prevent jawbone shrinkage and facial collapse.
- They look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They are much more comfortable than a dental bridge or a partial denture.
- They last longer than any other form of tooth replacement. Dental implants, if done right, can last a lifetime.
Dental Implant Options
A single implant can be used to replace a missing tooth. If you have multiple missing teeth, each of them can be replaced with an implant.
If all of your teeth are missing, the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry offers a range of services, including those mentioned below.
A denture can be stabilized with as few as two standard implants, but six to eight of them provide maximum stability and minimize jawbone shrinkage.
Implant-Supported Smile Design
If dental implants are located in the aesthetic zone, there needs to be a plan for the overall appearance of the smile, and this is part of the services we provide. The implant crowns need to look exactly like natural teeth, and their shapes need to create a pleasing smile that harmonizes with your facial characteristics. Dental implants can also be part of a complete smile makeover that may involve an implant overdenture or a combination of porcelain crowns and veneers.
Traditional implants require a healing period of several months for your jawbone and the root forms to fuse together. After the healing period, dentures are attached to the implants. The Teeth-in-a-Day procedure immediately loads your denture onto multiple dental implants—all in the same day.
If your jawbone lacks density, you might be a candidate for the All-on-4 procedure. Implants are highly angled in the anterior jawbone to compensate for the lack of density and provide added stability for your dentures without the need for bone grafting.
This procedure uses six, instead of four, implants to secure your denture. It provides greater stability than All-on-4, and the additional fixtures stimulate a larger area of your jawbone to help prevent shrinkage.
Which Dental Implant Option Is Right for You?
Your medical history will be thoroughly reviewed and 3-D diagnostic studies will be performed to determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. If you are a candidate, the information gathered will help determine which options are suitable for your case. You will be informed of the best option, as well as alternatives and what you can expect from each of them.
Our doctors will work closely with a highly skilled oral surgeon who provides implant fixtures of the highest quality; helping us to provide you with a successful outcome. Failure to use the best techniques and fixtures can result in serious complications or implant failure, which is why we don’t compromise on quality or take shortcuts.
Dr. Cooper is an accredited member of the American Academy for Cosmetic Dentistry who studied at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Reeve has received post-graduate training from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, as well as other seminars. They both are dental artists who will provide you with highly aesthetic dental implant crowns or beautiful cosmetic dentures.
If you are interested in learning about your options for the best form of tooth replacement available, call us to schedule an appointment, or request an appointment online.