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Dental Implants
Roswell, GA


3D rendering of a dental implant next to healthy teethDental implants are a popular option for replacing missing teeth, providing a permanent alternative. They require a surgical procedure, during which titanium rods are placed into the jawbone. They then support your replacement teeth. At Reich Dental Center – Roswell, our doctors offer dental implants to our patients as a tooth restoration option.

What Causes Tooth Loss?


Tooth loss can occur as a result of several different issues:
•  Gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss. It is a progressive disease that begins with a plaque and oral bacteria irritating your gum tissue. Your gums swell in response, pulling away from the teeth, which creates pockets. Oral bacteria then fall into these pockets and begin to attack your jawbone and periodontal ligaments. Your teeth loosen and eventually fall out. Regular periodontal maintenance treatments can often help this condition.
•  Oral trauma. Auto accidents are the most common cause of oral trauma. Oral trauma can also occur as a result of a fall or a sports related injury.
•  Bruxism. This is a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth. The pressure exerted by your jaw on your teeth causes the periodontal ligaments to widen, lessening their firm grip on the teeth.
•  Smoking. Smoking and other tobacco products increase your risk of developing gum disease.
•  Poor oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to the prevention of gum disease. Ignoring these habits can quickly result in gum disease.
•  Poor nutrition. Just like the rest of your body, the jaw requires several essential vitamins and minerals to remain strong. By not eating a well-balanced diet, your jaw can become weak.


Which Option is Best - Dentures or Dental Implants?


Dentures and implants are both popular options for replacing missing teeth. They both restore the functions of your teeth, as well as your smile. Each has their own set of benefits and drawbacks. A consultation, which includes a thorough oral examination, will help us to determine what the best course of action is for your specific situation.

Along with restoring your eating and speaking abilities, dentures can be used if you have suffered too much bone loss to be considered a candidate for dental implants. Dentures do have a few downsides. For one, they require a substantial amount of extra care. They need to be removed every night for cleaning. They can slip out of place, causing not only an embarrassing situation but some painful denture sores as well. One of the biggest disadvantages of dentures is that they do nothing for the health of your jawbone. Over time, your jawbone begins to resorb and change shape. This means your dentures will no longer fit properly. To avoid serious discomfort, dentures need to be replaced approximately every seven years.

Dental Implant Procedure


Because dental implants are a permanent tooth restoration, with titanium rods being surgically placed into the jawbone, they will never slip or slide around. Unlike dentures, they do not need to be replaced. Dental implants are meant to last a lifetime. A small titanium post is inserted into the jawbone. Through a natural process referred to as osseointegration, the implant will fuse with your jawbone, becoming one. This fusion will take place over a period of several months. After your gums have healed, the abutment, the next piece of the dental implant, will then be placed on top of the implant post. It will act as a connector. The final piece of the implant is the dental crown, which will be placed on top. This will act as your replacement tooth.

Benefits of Dental Implants


The benefits of dental implants are many, which is why in recent years they have become the most popular choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth, whether one, several, or all of your teeth.
•  Permanent tooth replacement. Dental implants are a permanent tooth restoration. They do not need to be replaced. Because they are permanent you do not need to worry about them coming loose.
•  Easy maintenance. Dental implants do not require any special care. You will clean and brush them like you do your natural teeth. Make sure to brush twice daily and floss at least once per day. There are no special rinses, cleansers, or other products needed.
•  Restore the look and function of your teeth. Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth. They are strong and return your bite force back to normal. You can eat and drink your favorite foods again, with no worries or restrictions.


Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?


Most people with good oral health and overall health are considered good candidates for dental implants. You must be an adult, meaning you have lost all of your baby teeth and have your permanent teeth.

One requirement to be a good candidate for dental implants is sufficient bone mass to hold the dental implant. This does not mean you cannot get dental implants, however. This just means that you may need a procedure or two before you are ready for dental implant surgery.

Ridge Augmentation


Ridge augmentation is a procedure that helps to restore bone tissue inside a patient’s mouth, which may have been lost after a dental extraction or tooth loss. This procedure helps to recreate a natural bone and gum ridge inside a patient’s mouth, making it possible for them to become a candidate for dental implants. However, the site may not always be favorable for implant placement. This may occur if the bone volume decreases after tooth loss, which is fairly common.

Before a dental implant can be placed, there must be sufficient bone mass at the implant site. However, maintenance of the alveolar bone (the jawbone) is dependent on the presence of teeth. Without it, there may not be enough bone material to help support the implant. In cases like this, it may be necessary to augment the bone to help it better support the implant.

For patients who may have sustained loss of alveolar bone mass after tooth loss, we here at Reich Dental Center – Roswell may recommend a ridge augmentation.

The Importance of Ridge Augmentation


The procedure for ridge augmentation is fairly straightforward. By placing a type of grafting material into the tooth socket, we can help restore the lost bone tissue. The grafting material has been shown to promote bone growth, prevent bone resorption after tooth extraction, and preserve the height and width of the alveolar ridge. With a ridge augmentation, our doctors help improve the shape and size of the implant site, making it possible for us to place your dental prosthesis there.

Dental Implant Restoration Process


Dental implants are meant to last a lifetime, and they usually do. It is very rare, but sometimes the abutment or the dental crown may need to be replaced after several years. If this is the case, do not worry, as we can repair or replace any part of your implant that may need fixing.

Visit Your Dentist in Roswell, GA


For all of your questions about dental implants and whether they are right for you, schedule a consultation with Reich Dental Center – Roswell today. Simply give us a call at 770-992-3353.

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Reich Dental Center – Roswell


Robin Reich, DDS | Stacey Wingad, DMD | Megan Reich Rihan, DMD
Kristin Cooney, DMD | Lauren Hughes, DMD

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