Dental implants are small screw-like, titanium posts that replace the roots of lost teeth. The prosthetic roots are inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that is performed in our Watkinsville dental office. After the implant has been placed in your jaw, a custom designed porcelain tooth crown is attached. In some cases at Athens Oconee Dentistry , the implant post must be allowed to fuse with the bone for several months before it is permanently crowned; in other cases, you can have new (but temporary) teeth the same day your implants are placed.
You can replace a single tooth, several or an entire mouthful with implants. You don’t even need one post for every missing tooth. As few as two dental implants can support a removable bottom denture, while as few as four posts can provide a full, set of permanent upper or lower teeth.
Most Athens Oconee Dentistry patients find dental implant surgery to be very tolerable. Any discomfort after the procedure can usually be managed with OTC anti-inflammatory medication or pain-relievers and ice.
Initially, dental implants in Watkinsville are more expensive than other tooth-replacement solutions such as bridges and denture. However, permanent restorations can last many years longer and should never need replacement. For that reason, implant teeth offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a life-long investment in your health, comfort, and well-being.
Implant teeth in Watkinsville require exactly the same oral care as natural teeth: twice daily brushing and flossing at least once a day, along with routine dental health exams and cleanings. Although dental implants and crowns will never decay, the soft tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. When dental implants are cared for properly the restoration should last a lifetime.
To find out more about what makes dental implants the most reliable solution for missing teeth, please contact our dental office in Watkinsville for a free consultation. Book your appointment at Athens Oconee Dentistry today. You’ll be amazed at what our expert care and advanced dental technology can do for you.