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Having a clear understanding of all aspects of your dental care is essential, so we encourage you to be proactive about asking questions. You deserve to be fully informed, and we believe that no question is too small or unimportant. If a concern is important to you, it's important to us too.
We answer lots of questions for our patients, and some of those we hear most often are listed below. If you don’t see your specific question here or you would like more information, feel free to give our office a call!
We are pleased to say that we offer the convenience of having your entire implant process handled from start to finish at our Milton, GA dental office. Dr. Kai Liang has the advanced training and experience necessary to place your implants and create a beautiful restoration.
There’s a lot involved in making the decision to have dental implants placed. Once you’ve decided that you want dental implants, it’s important to know that a team of dental professionals you know and trust is handling the procedure.
The dental implant process involves several steps that require multiple visits to complete. Since all your treatment is handled right here at Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, you don’t have to spend time running from one specialist to another. We can arrange convenient appointments that fit your busy lifestyle so you have a minimum of disruption to your schedule.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants in Milton, GA and what the procedure involves, please give us a call. The first step is to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs and determine if dental implants are appropriate for you. At that time, we will also be happy to discuss all your tooth replacement options.
Every patient presents their own unique set of conditions that requires a customized treatment plan. At Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, we strive to create your perfect smile. From start to finish, we make sure you are happy and satisfied with your new smile. The dental implant process can be divided into 3 phases and could take up to 7 months to complete.
Initial Phase – Pre-surgical Evaluation and Planning
This phase will occur in one or multiple appointments over a period of time. If a tooth removal is required, an additional procedure called bone graft may need to be performed. We will also need a CT scan on your impacted tooth. For your convenience, CT scans can now be performed in our office onsite. The purpose of a CT scan is to give us a more precise view of your tooth and thus, allows us to create a treatment plan that is customized just for you. Our office will also take impressions and photos of your teeth at the same time.
Implant Phase – Implant Placement
During this phase, a titanium implant will be placed at the pre-determined location(s). This procedure generally takes 1 to 2 hours to complete. From the surface, the implant will not be visible after its planted as it will be hidden underneath your gum to allow the bone and the implant to heal/integrate undisturbed for 3 to 6 months. This is the proper method for ensuring long term success.
Crown Phase – Crown Fabrication and Delivery
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During this final phase, Dr Kai will check for stability and healing of the implant(s). It is important to take an impression during the first appointment of this phase. We want to make sure your tooth/crown will have the correct position, size, and color. Please expect 2 to 3 appointments during this phase to perfect your smile!
As you can see, there are a number of factors that influence the answer to this question. But it always starts with an evaluation. Early treatment is effective in reducing the overall time frame. Please call us today at (770)777-2803 to schedule your free implant evaluation!
At Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, we make your safety a priority. Before Dr. Kai Liang introduces any new procedures or materials to our patients, he researches them thoroughly to ensure that they contribute to your well-being.
Titanium is a low-density, high-strength silver-colored metal that has been used to replace joints in the body since the 1950s. It is also a biocompatible material, meaning that it is not harmful to living tissue. Titanium is completely resistant to tissue and fluid corrosion, and the body will not reject it.
This characteristic is why dental implants are made of titanium. When you get a dental implant, the first step is placing a small screwlike post in your jaw. The post is made of titanium, so as it heals, bone and tissue in your jaw fuse around it.
The healing process takes three to six months, during which time the implant post becomes part of your dental structure, just like the lost tooth root was. This makes it a stable base for the dental crown, bridge, or denture we attach to it.
Dental implants in Alpharetta, GA have improved the lives of many of our patients and given them the freedom to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Please call us to arrange a dental appointment to learn more about dental implants.
Missing teeth can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life.
You may find it difficult to chew properly, which can lead to discomfort. Your speech may be affected, causing you to withdraw in social settings. Most importantly, embarrassment about missing teeth can ruin your self-confidence. You may also face alignment issues because neighboring teeth will gradually drift into the space left by the missing tooth.
At Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, dental implants are our preferred tooth replacement method. Implants take over the job of the missing tooth root by stimulating healthy regrowth of the bone that supports your teeth. Without a dental implant, the bone resorbs, or breaks down, because it lacks the stimulation that a natural tooth root would have provided.
A dental implant is designed to attach to a tooth restoration like a crown or bridge. We can also use multiple implants to hold a full or partial denture securely in place.
Would you like to learn more about dental implants at our Alpharetta dental office? Please call us, and a helpful member of our team will be happy to arrange a consultation. Dr. Liang explains all your tooth replacement options so you can decide if dental implants are right for you.
Bridges and implants both replace missing teeth, but that is where the similarity ends.
The goal of a bridge is simply to place an artificial tooth in the gap left when you lose a tooth. However, to do this, the artificial tooth must be attached to adjacent teeth with crowns, meaning we must alter the shape and size of otherwise healthy teeth to accommodate the crowns. Bridges last about eight to ten years before we need to replace them.
A dental implant is a full tooth replacement solution. It is composed of a tiny titanium post that is implanted in your jaw, taking the place of the missing tooth root. As the implant heals, it integrates fully with surrounding bone and tissue and becomes part of your dental anatomy.
We then attach a restoration like a crown to the implant, which is the part of your tooth that functions and that everyone sees. Dental implants won’t decay, although you still have to take good care of your gums to avoid gum disease and failure of your implant.
Would you like to learn more about the benefits of dental implants? Please call our Alpharetta, GA dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation at your convenience.
While dental implants may seem like a recent innovation, they are actually a time-tested tooth replacement solution that has been used for decades with a 98 percent success rate!
Patients prefer implants because they are a fixed, permanent tooth replacement. An implant is placed in your jaw and becomes a permanent part of your dental anatomy. This means they are a solid foundation for a number of restorations including crowns, bridges, dentures, and partials. Once restored, a dental implant acts, looks, and functions just like a natural tooth.
Dentists choose implants because they not only look and act like a natural tooth, they also promote healthy growth of bone and tissue in the jaw. When a natural tooth and its root are lost, the jawbone deteriorates and loses its strength and density. Implants are the only tooth replacement that preserves and stimulates natural bone growth.
Dental implants have received a lot of attention lately because they are the gold standard for tooth replacement. If you would like to find out if one or more implants are the right choice for you, please call Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Kai to discuss your needs.
Losing a tooth can stir up a lot of feelings. We understand, but we don’t want you to spend any time worrying because your priority now is to replace the missing tooth. You’ll feel better about yourself without a gap in your smile, and it’s also essential for maintaining your oral health.
Tooth Loss Can Lead to Bone Loss
When you lose a tooth, you lose the root that stimulates the regeneration of bone in your jaw. The bone starts to resorb or shrink back into the body, gums recede, and the loss of bulk in your mouth causes your cheeks to sink in and give you an aged appearance. Eventually, you may start to lose surrounding teeth.
Dental implants placed at our Alpharetta, GA dental office are the only tooth replacement that will stop this bone loss. A dental implant is a titanium replacement root that Dr. Kai Liang places surgically in your jaw.
As the implant heals, it fuses with the bone and tissue around it. Ultimately, it becomes a permanent part of your dental structure. When we attach a dental crown, bridge, or denture to it, you’ll have a tooth that’s looks, functions and feels as close to a natural tooth as possible.
Call to Learn More about Dental Implants
In addition to dental implants, we offer other methods for replacing missing teeth. If you want to be able to smile with confidence and chew comfortably again, please call Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry for an appointment.
One good reason to choose dental implants is that they are considered the standard of care for tooth replacement. What this means to you is that a dental implant is a solution that is as close in form and function to a natural tooth as possible.
The most significant difference between implants and dental bridges or dentures is that an implant is an artificial titanium root that is surgically placed in your jaw. During a process called osseointegration, the artificial root fuses with surrounding bone to become a permanent part of your dental anatomy. After healing, Dr. Kai will attach a crown, bridge, or denture to restore function and appearance.
Since the implant is rooted in your jaw, it stimulates regeneration of bone. Dentures and bridges sit on top of the gums and often causes bone recession that can threaten your oral health and give your face a sunken appearance.
With proper care that includes diligent oral hygiene and routine exams and hygiene appointments, the implant will last a lifetime. Many people are good candidates for dental implant placement and if you would like to see if you’re one of them, please call Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, and we’ll help you arrange a commitment-free consultation with Dr. Kai to discuss your needs.