Southern Smiles Lawrenceville
General Dentist located in Lawrenceville, GA
After losing or extracting a tooth, a dental implant is an excellent choice for replacement. At Southern Smiles Lawrenceville in Lawrenceville, Georgia, we provide easy-to-maintain dental implant restorations that improve your chewing functioning. With diligent oral hygiene and care, your dental implants last for a lifetime. To schedule a consultation, call Southern Smiles Lawrenceville or book online today.
Dental Implants Q&A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are devices that look like small metal screws. They’re made of titanium — a biocompatible metal that your body won’t reject. After the implantation procedure, they remain in your jawbone permanently and attach to dental restorations like crowns, dentures, or bridges.
After the initial dental implant surgery, your jawbone fuses with the implant during a process called osseointegration. Once that happens, we place an attachment on the implant, called an abutment, which attaches to a crown, bridge, or dentures.
As long as you care for your dental implants, they can last for the rest of your life. You might need to replace the crowns or dentures attached to them at some point, but the implants remain in your jawbone permanently.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are low maintenance, and living with them is easy. In fact, you’ll be able to bite, chew, and speak as normal. Plus, with custom restorations, your smile looks entirely natural.
Additional benefits include:
- No dietary restrictions
- Jawbone preservation
- No alterations to healthy teeth
If you care for your dental implants just like you care for your natural teeth, they should last for a lifetime. Dental implants have an extremely high success rate, and we can tell you if they’re right for you.
How should I prepare to get dental implants?
Preparing for dental implants requires an initial visit to Southern Smiles Lawrenceville for an exam and X-rays. Using the results, we can detect complications that need treatment before you get dental implants. That includes periodontitis and jawbone deterioration.
After losing a tooth, it’s possible to lose some of the jawbone underneath it. If that is the case for you, we will likely recommend getting a bone graft before implant surgery. A bone graft adds bone or bone-like material to the jaw so it can hold an implant.
Leading up to the surgery, follow our instructions closely. You may need to stop smoking, stop taking certain medications, and request time off work for healing in addition to other preparation instructions.
To schedule your appointment and learn more about how dental implants can help you, call Southern Smiles Lawrenceville or book online today.