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If you’re wondering what a tooth implant is, why its necessary, and if you need one, keep reading! Today, we’re discussing what every Atlanta, GA dental patient should know about the dental implant – a safe, effective treatment for missing teeth.

If you have been affected by tooth loss, you know the physical, emotional, and mental stress it can cause. Don’t let tooth loss go untreated. Richard L. Rodgers, II, DDS, FAGD, in Atlanta, GA, can help you restore missing teeth and fill in the gaps in your smile. Schedule a restorative consultation today to see how we can help you smile confidently again after tooth loss. Call us at 404.577.6620.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a screw-like post, fabricated from titanium or a titanium alloy. A dentist or dental specialist surgically places the post into the jaw bone, in the area left behind after a tooth root is lost. The implant can then support either a single restoration (such as a dental crown), or dentures or a dental bridge. Due to their placement within the jaw bone, dental implants are very strong and provide a sturdy, natural look and fit for dental restorations.

How long do they last?

Successfully placed dental implants can last a lifetime. Successful placement is also extremely common, as more than 90% of all dental implant procedures are considered successful. Titanium implants are uniquely able to bond with your natural bone and gum tissue, during the healing period after placement. This bonding process, called osseointegration, means that your jaw bone tissues will accept the implant and actually grow and develop around it, just like the tissues would grow around natural bone. Osseointegration creates an incredibly strong hold, allowing your implant to maintain its strength and position for years and years.

How much does implant treatment cost?

The cost for treatment varies, depending on the number of implants required for treatment, the type of sedation used during treatment, the dentist or surgeon chosen, as well as any additional treatments that may need to be completed before or after implant placement for successful restoration. The average cost for receiving a single dental implant in the United States is about $1,500 to $2,200. This price estimate does not include the additional cost of the dental crown, bridge, or dentures.

Who should receive a dental implant?

In order to qualify for dental implants, patients must have adequate bone density in order to hold the implant. However, some patients with jaw bone tissue loss or damage can receive bone grafts to repair the affected area within the jawbone, improving their chances for candidacy.  

Additionally, candidates for treatment must have good oral and overall health. If patients are healthy enough to receive dental extraction treatment, they can usually also receive dental implant treatment.  Patients with dental decay, advanced gum disease, or other oral health issues, could require restorative procedures before dental implants can be placed.

Today, implants are the only dental restorative treatment that replaces missing tooth roots; all other restorative treatment options sit above the gum line.

Where can I receive tooth implant treatment in Atlanta, GA?

For the highest level of patient care and quality treatment, look no further than Dr. Richard L. Rodgers. Since 1985, Dr. Rodgers has been practicing dentistry in the state of Georgia, helping thousands of patients improve their quality of life through restorative procedures such as a tooth implant. Call us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Rodgers.

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