Top 5 Benefits of Permanent Implant Teeth

Your smile is your first impression, but what happens when you’ve got missing or broken teeth? At that point, it’s time to consider some sort of replacement teeth. There have been traditional options, such as dentures, in the past, but today, the best answer is often permanent implant teeth. You can even get dentures that are held in place by dental implants. To learn more, check out these five benefits.

1. Permanent Implant Teeth Look and Feel Natural

Dental implants feature a component that attaches to the bone of the jaw to support a dental prosthesis like a crown, bridge, dentures, or facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor. A titanium form bonds with the jaw and holds the dental prosthetic or tooth attached. The tooth itself is made from the same material the teeth attached to dentures are made from, and the implants are sized, fitted, and polished to look and feel just like your own teeth, right down to the color. Because implants actually fuse with your bone, they become permanent in both look and feel. Except you can’t get cavities in an implant!

2. A Long-Term Option

With good care, implants are very durable and many will last a lifetime. In fact, the success rate of permanently implanted teeth is reported to be as high as 98%. In addition, permanently implanted teeth offer improved oral health. No other teeth are impacted or shaved so the implants fit, and no bacteria-harboring bridges or plates are used.

3. Improved Appearance

Permanent implant teeth help your face maintain its shape. Missing teeth cause cheeks to fall in and appear sunken. In contrast, implants look and feel like your own teeth and keep your face shape unchanged.

4. Fixed, As If You Grew Them

Because permanently implanted teeth become a part of you, they eliminate the discomfort of dentures, and they don’t slip or slide while you talk or eat. Implants function like your own teeth. After getting implants, you’ll be eating your favorite foods in no time and without pain. Implants are easy to care for as well. You simply treat them just like your other teeth. By keeping with your regular dental care routine (flossing, brushing, etc.), your implants will be as happy as you are!

Additionally, you don’t keep your implants in a cup, like you do with dentures. With implants, your teeth remain in your mouth where they belong all the time.

5. No Slippage

Permanently implanted teeth are custom made to fit specifically to your mouth. With dentures, poor fit has frequently been a problem leading to slippage, sores, and discomfort. Since implants are attached to the bone, there is no slippage or problems with sores. With implants, you’ll smile more often and you won’t slur your words or whistle while you speak as you might with dentures. Additionally, dentures sometimes slip, requiring repositioning during a meal or a conversation. Permanently implanted teeth remove that threat and allow you to converse and eat with peace of mind that your teeth won’t move or make odd and unnatural noises like clicking.
There is no better option today than going with permanent implant teeth when you need to fix your beautiful smile. If you’re interested in permanent implant teeth, contact Shallowford Dental today to schedule an appointment.

How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost?

When deciding to have cosmetic dental work done, many people consider price first. It’s common to call different dental care providers asking for quotes, especially in cases where the type of dental work needed is something insurance won’t cover. Often, people are surprised to find out how much cosmetic dentistry cost differs from provider to provider and procedure to procedure. Here’s a look at what factors influence the price of a cosmetic dental procedure and how to make sure you’re getting both affordable and high-quality dental care when you book your appointment.

Invasiveness of the Procedure

A primary factor that affects cosmetic dentistry cost is how invasive the procedure is. Simple procedures that require less time and effort are generally going to cost less than procedures that are time and labor intensive. For example, composite bonding is typically a very short procedure, like a filling, while dental veneers require more time and effort for the teeth to be prepared and the veneers to be placed.

Whether Sedation Be Required

For some cosmetic dentistry procedures, sedation is necessary. There are different levels of sedation, ranging from mild relaxation to general anesthesia. There is typically an additional cost for sedation that increases with the level of sedation needed — for example, general anesthesia administered through an IV will generally cost more than simple sedation with nitrous oxide. For some procedures, patients can opt out of sedation to bring costs down, however, for some procedures or for patients with high anxiety, opting out of sedation may not be recommended.

Number of Visits Needed

While some procedures can be completed in a single visit, others span the course of several visits. If your dentist will require you to come in multiple times at different intervals, the procedure will cost more than if you only needed a single visit for the dental work to be completed. Typically the number of visits is non-negotiable — visits are often separated when time is needed in between different steps of the procedure.

Materials Used

Another factor that affects cosmetic dentistry cost is the type of materials used. Higher quality materials tend to cost more, but also have more longevity and can withstand more wear and tear. Cosmetic dentists often have a preference as to what materials they use for each type of procedure based on the performance of the material, so you may not be able to negotiate what materials are used during your procedure to reduce the cost.

Discuss Cosmetic Dentistry Cost with An Experienced Provider Today

At Shallowford Dental, we understand the desire for cosmetic dental procedures that are both effective and affordable. We don’t want you to have to choose between looking and feeling your best and your budget. We offer affordable cosmetic dentistry for individuals of all ages and offer financing options to help make healthy-looking smiles an option for everyone.

Contact us today for more information about cosmetic dentistry cost and to learn more about the price for different types of procedures. Or, book your appointment and begin your journey to making the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted a reality. Call now at (770) 578-1331.

What is the Tooth Implant Process?

It’s not uncommon for people to have damaged or missing teeth, however, it’s an issue that can significantly impact a person’s life. Not only do broken, discolored, or missing teeth affect a person’s overall appearance and self-esteem, it can also affect job prospects and relationships. If you have one or more damaged or missing teeth, a dental implant may be a good solution. Learn more about the tooth implant process and how to find out if dental implants are right for you.

The Tooth Implant Process, Step by Step

Here’s what you can expect during the tooth implant process:

Initial Exam 

Before getting a dental implant, your periodontist must perform a comprehensive oral exam, complete with X-rays. This allows your dentist to assess your oral health and determine what kind of implant you’ll need. Your periodontist will also need to know ahead of time if you require any additional procedures before the implant can be placed, such as bone grafting.

Removal of the Damaged Tooth, If Applicable 

If you have a tooth that was damaged or broken that needs removal, this is the first thing that will be done before preparing you for a dental implant. If your tooth is missing, you can simply move on to the next stage in the process.

Preparation of the Jawbone 

During your initial exam, your periodontist examined your jawbone to determine if enough bone was present to properly anchor the implant hardware. If you have bone loss, you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure before the implant is placed, which can take several weeks to heal.

Placement of the Implant Hardware 

Once your jawbone is ready for an implant, you’ll undergo a procedure where a small metal post is implanted where the tooth will be. The post will be anchored deep into your jawbone and will require a healing period of at least several weeks but potentially a few months.

Placement of the Artificial Tooth  

Once your bone and gum tissue has healed over the metal post, you’ll undergo the final step in the tooth implant process. Your periodontist will make a mold of your teeth and gums and will create a custom artificial tooth that will be anchored to the metal post.

Follow Up 

After the procedure has been completed, your periodontist will want to follow up with you to see how your new dental implant is doing. You’ll want to inform your periodontist of any pain you’re experiencing, as well as signs of infection like redness, throbbing, or discharge. Some pain and swelling are to be expected, and your periodontist should be able to help you manage these symptoms with medication and oral rinses.

Book Your Appointment to Start the Tooth Implant Process

If you have broken, damaged, or missing teeth and want to improve your smile, a dental implant can give you a permanent solution without compromising nearby teeth. Many people choose dental implants over a bridge because they are longer lasting and aren’t anchored to healthy teeth. Learn more about tooth implants and if they’re right for you or book your appointment for an exam by calling Shallowford Dental today at 770-578-1331.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that the dental implant cost ranges from about $3,000 to $4,500, but the group takes this information from a New York Times article from 2010. When adjusted for inflation, these numbers increase to $3,500 to $5,000. However, costs can vary a lot, and to safeguard your oral health, you should never look for the cheapest option.

Instead, you should seek a balance of quality and affordability. Here’s an explanation of why costs vary and a few tips on finding the right dentist or oral surgeon for your implant.

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