Dental Implants in Alpharetta GA
Serving the Alpharetta, GA community
Missing teeth are a problem, and it’s not just the noticeable gap that makes you want to hide your smile. You can’t share your true self with the world when you feel too self-conscious to even interact with others. Worse yet, you may also experience difficulty when trying to follow a healthy, nutritious diet if you can’t chew certain foods.
With state-of-the-art dental implants expertly placed at our Alpharetta, GA dental office, Dr. Kai Liang can restore beauty and healthy function to your smile. We use dental implants to replace just one tooth or to replace multiple missing teeth.
Dental implants have changed the way we approach the problem of missing teeth, but there's a lot to consider when deciding if they are the right solution for you. We encourage you to contact our Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, dental office and we’ll be happy to arrange a convenient consultation with Dr. Kai to explain the process.
- What are dental implants?
- What are the benefits of choosing dental implants?
- How does the dental implant process work?
- How long does it take for a dental implant to heal?
- Do you place implants at your office?
- What’s the difference between a bridge and a dental implant?
- Why should I replace missing teeth?
- How long do dental implants last?
- I’d like to see if dental implants are right for me. How should I get started?
What are dental implants?
Unlike bridges or dentures, a dental implant is a standalone tooth replacement that consists of a tiny titanium post that Dr. Kai places surgically in your jaw. The procedure is done here in our Alpharetta dental office under local anesthetic for your comfort. We can use one implant to support a single crown or multiple implants to hold a denture securely in place.
As the implant heals over several months, it fuses with surrounding bone and tissue. Eventually, the implant becomes part of your dental anatomy and functions like a natural tooth root by stimulating the regeneration of bone in your jaw.
The implant works as an anchor that provides permanent support for the dental restoration attached to it. The restoration may be a crown, bridge, or full or partial denture.
What are the benefits of choosing dental implants?
When placed in your jaw, a dental implant acts as an artificial tooth root to support and stabilize your jawbone and help avoid bone deterioration that’s common with tooth loss.
Dentists consider dental implants to be the standard of care for tooth replacement for several reasons:
- Dental implants are the tooth replacement that most closely resembles the structure of a natural tooth.
- We restore the dental implant with a crown, bridge, or denture that is held securely in place and allows you to continue to enjoy a nutritious diet and all your favorite foods.
- According to the American Academy of Dental Implantology, dental implants have a clinical success rate of about 95 percent.
- Dental implants don’t require any special care. Continue the same basic oral health care habits that you have been following by brushing and flossing and keeping current with routine visits to your Alpharetta dental implants dentist.
When you follow the instructions provided by Dr. Kai, maintain good oral hygiene, and stay up to date with regular exams and cleanings, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
How does the dental implant process work?
The first step in the dental implant process is a consultation with Dr. Kai so he can evaluate your dental health and see if an implant is an appropriate solution for you. The determining factor is the density of bone in the area where we are placing the implant.
Before we begin the procedure, we will make sure that the area we are treating is numb and you won't feel any pain. Next, Dr. Kai expertly places the implant in your jaw in a procedure that takes a little over an hour.
The implant is left to heal for several months, during which time it bonds securely with surrounding bone and tissue. Once the site has healed completely, we will attach a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture that acts as the functioning, visible part of your implant.
How long does it take for a dental implant to heal?
A dental implant is placed surgically in your jaw, and as it heals, it fuses with surrounding bone and tissue. Every patient and case is unique, and the time it takes to heal is different for everyone.
Once Dr. Kai places the implant in the jaw bone, the site is left to heal for several months. He will be able to give you a better estimate once he is familiar with your specific situation.
Several steps you can take after implant placement to promote faster healing:
- Stop smoking and avoid alcohol – Both habits slow down the healing process after your implant is placed.
- Rinse with salt water - Salt water gently removes removing bacteria from your mouth and doesn’t irritate the surgical site.
- Eat nutritious foods – A nutritious diet supports a healthy immune system that can fight off infections more easily.
Do you place implants at your office?
At Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, we strive to help you achieve excellent dental health so you can feel great about the way you look when you smile. To ensure that he can deliver the best possible outcome, Dr. Kai dedicates himself to learning everything he can about dental implantology. He is proud to have recently been named as an Affiliate Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Using his skill and expertise, Dr. Kai can perform the entire implant process, from placement to restoration, right here in our Alpharetta dental office. There’s no need for you to visit an unfamiliar dentist’s office to have your implant placed.
What’s the difference between a bridge and a dental implant?
The most significant difference between implants and dental bridges or dentures is that an implant is an artificial titanium root that Dr. Kai places surgically in your jaw.
During healing, a process called osseointegration occurs, and the artificial root fuses with the bone and tissue around it to become a permanent replacement root. After healing, Dr. Kai will attach a crown, bridge, or denture to restore function and appearance.
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. However, since the implant is rooted in your jaw, it continues to stimulate the regeneration of healthy bone.
Why should I replace missing teeth?
The loss of one tooth causes several things to happen that compromise your overall oral health. Teeth adjacent to the open space start to drift into it causing misalignments and problems with your dental bite. Deterioration of bone in the jaw is common with a missing tooth, and in the first year alone after tooth loss, 25 percent of bone is lost. When this occurs, it not only threatens neighboring teeth, but it also gives your face a sunken or drawn appearance.
You need to replace a missing tooth with something, and dental implants are a state-of-the-art solution. Because they are placed surgically in your jaw bone and act as a replacement root, implants provide stable support for a crown, bridge, or denture.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care that includes diligent oral hygiene and routine exams and hygiene appointments, your implant should last a lifetime.
In the decades they’ve been in use, dental implants have an impressive 95 percent success rate. When they do fail, it’s usually because of gum disease that attacks the structures in your jaw and threatens the stability of your implant.
A common problem associated with periodontal disease is gums that pull away from your teeth. This provides a path for bacteria to develop below the gums and lead to an infectious disease called peri-implantitis.
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. We will arrange a commitment-free consultation with Dr. Kai to help you decide if dental implants are the right choice for you.
I’d like to see if dental implants are right for me. How should I get started?
If you’ve heard about dental implants, but you're not sure if they’re the right choice for you, please call Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry. While many people are good candidates for implants, there may be another type of tooth replacement that would suit you better.
We’ll be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Kai to discuss your tooth replacement goals and decide if dental implants offer the best solution in your case.