When a tooth is lost it is best to replacement it in order to prevent a number of serious oral health issues. A missing tooth can cause bone loss, orthodontic problems and issues eating. If the gap is visible when smiling it can completely ruin an otherwise beautiful smile. A dental implant is a tooth restoration that actually works like the roots of a natural tooth. This provides a number of important health benefits.
Dental implant surgery begins with creating a very precise hole, called an osteotomy, in the bone. The titanium dental implant is then placed in the hole. Titanium is used because it has a very unique ability to bond with human bone, a process called osseointegration. Unfortunately, a certain amount of time is needed for healing around the implant site, so the dental crown cannot be placed immediately. Once that healing is done a post is placed in the implant to hold the custom made crown. Once this is done you have a tooth restoration that is incredibly strong and indistinguishable from any other tooth. It will last for decades without a problem and in the long-term will cost less than a dental bridge..
For some patients who have loose ill fitting dentures, the dental implant cost is not only worth it, but a life saver. Implant supported dentures are held securely by a specially made bar or directly by two or more implants. This eliminates the flipping and flopping around of traditional dentures and make dental implant dentures appealing. Lower jaw implants seems to be the most helpful since it is much more difficult to wear a lower denture than an upper one. Mini dental implants are a less expensive alternative to traditional implants. Their different design makes them ideal for implant dentures because they can be loaded immediately and are easier to place. However, they are not suitable for single tooth implants.
Of the dental implant complications that can occur immediately after placement, the loss of the tooth implant is the most serious. It can result from rejection or infection. Fortunately, the incidence of dental implant failure is low and there is minimal dental implant risk. Dental implant failure occurs in less than 7 percent of all patients with implants over the course of ten years. Implants in the jaw tend to have a higher success rate than ones in the top of the jaw. When the implants do fail what tends to happen is that the post that connects the dental implant crown to the implant itself fails. While the post is extremely strong, the forces generated in the human mouth can be significant, but even this form of failure is not as common as it once was.
Dr. Mark Padolsky is the senior dental implant dentist at the Atlanta Dental Group PC. He has been practicing implant dentistry since 1987 and has invested a significant amount of time, energy and money in continuing education in the field. Dr. Padolsky was among the graduates of the first university based dental implant course in 1988 when he completed the Medical College of Georgia’s Implant Maxicourse. He took an updated version of this course in 2002 and is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, an Associate Felllow of the American Association of Implant Dentistry and a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
The Atlanta Dental Group PC has invested in the Simplant system that uses a 3D image of the patient’s mouth to perform a virtual surgery as well as anticipate and plan for any potential problems. A new in-house CT Scan helps improve the accuracy of this procedure without the need to go to another location. Our Cerec software and milling unit allows our dentists to create completely custom crowns in under an hour! We use the Nobel Biocare dental implant system, widely regarded as the standard in implant dentistry.
The Atlanta Dental Group PC is a dental implant center located in the Buckhead/Midtown area of Atlanta, Georgia. Our financial staff are experienced in assisting qualified patients in obtaining dental implant financing. This service allows patients to enjoy a more affordable dental implant. Some patients do have dental insurance which provides dental implant insurance coverage and our dental group is willing to work with any dental implant plan. Regardless of whether you have dental implant insurance or not, our staff will be happy to assist you with any matter related to your tooth implant cost.