Are you looking for a replacement tooth that is both attractive and functional?
Dental Implants in Alpharetta, GA
As your trusted restorative dentist in Alpharetta, GA, Dr. Hedlund is happy to provide dental implant restorations. Dental implants are the premier tooth replacement method that blends in seamlessly with your smile. Dental implants are versatile. For example, they can replace missing teeth, damaged teeth from an accident, or repair dental trauma and tooth loss from gum disease.
Dental Implant Process
A dental implant procedure consists of three parts. First an oral surgeon surgically implants a small titanium post into your jawbone. Then, your dentist attaches an abutment to the post after it heals. After the abutment, your dentist will secure a custom ceramic tooth restoration, or a dental crown. This process will give you an artificial tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a naturally.
Why Dental Implants are Worth the Investment
Dental implants may be more expensive than other tooth replacement solutions. However, the provide more advantages. Implant supported teeth replacement solutions replace teeth above and below the gums. Other advantages include:
- Permanent solution for missing teeth
- Prevents bone loss in the jaw
- Functions and looks like natural teeth
- Little to no eating restrictions
- No risk of restoration falling out or shifting in the mouth
- Holds the natural shape of the face
Patients love dental implants because they require no dietary restrictions or extra care like a denture or dental bridge. While this is a more invasive procedure, our team works carefully with your oral surgeon to provide you with the long-lasting results you want. We will ensure minimum discomfort and results that last.
The goal of a dental implant is to imitate your natural tooth as much as possible. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the dental implant procedure cost, healing process timeline, and more.
Dental Implant FAQs
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implant patients enjoy no dietary restrictions or extra dental hygiene care. These teeth act just like your natural teeth, and you can treat them as such. Dental implants boost self-confidence by incorporating seamlessly into your natural smile esthetics. Additionally, they are permanently fixed into your mouth, meaning that they eliminate jawbone loss and facial sagging in the longterm.
What is the healing process like for dental implants?
Because the dental implant procedure is a surgical one, the healing process is more extensive than other tooth replacement procedures. Patients should expect a 3-6 month healing time after oral surgery. This is because we want to ensure that the post and its surrounding soft tissues fully heal before attaching anything to it.
After attaching the abutment, there is another short healing time to allow your mouth to adjust to the next attachment. Then our dentist attaches the dental crown to the abutment. Finally you are free to utilize your tooth just as you would a natural one. While this process can take several months to complete, you get the longterm functionality and esthetics of a fully restored tooth.
Will it be obvious that I have a dental implant?
No one should be able to tell that you have a dental implant. We provide high-quality implant restorations that we color-match to your existing teeth. They look, feel, and function just like your natural tooth would for a discreet method of restorative dentistry.
How long does it take for a tooth implant to settle?
Dental implants need to heal for six to eight months on average before you can resume all your normal activities. Implants require invasive surgery, so the healing time is long to let your gums and tissue have time to fully recover.
What can you not do after dental implants?
After your dentist places dental implants, we recommend avoiding hard, crunchy, spicy, or sticky foods as these may irritate your implants and gums. After a few weeks of adjustment you may return to your normal eating habits.
How can I make my dental implant heal faster?
After dental implant surgery the best thing you can do to promote healing within your body is to rest. We recommend sticking to a soft diet for about a week after the procedure so that you give yourself time to adjust to chewing and eating tougher foods. Icing the area of the implant will help reduce swelling. We also recommend drinking lots of water to stay hydrated.
If you are interested in learning more about your tooth replacement options at Esthetic Dental Solutions, request an appointment online today or call our office at 678-228-8589. We serve patients in Alpharetta, North Point, Roswell, Johns Creek, and surrounding North Fulton County areas near you.