Dental Implants: A Better Way to Replace Teeth | Alpharetta GA

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Why are dental implants important?

Missing a tooth isn’t just bad for your looks; it can be bad for your health as well! Healthy teeth play an important role in the body from head to toe. When you are missing one, your jawbone deteriorates, your self-esteem suffers and so does your diet, which negatively affects the health of your entire body. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth and are widely recognized as the best replacement method.

The Miracle of Osseointegration (How Dental Implants Work)

Our bodies are truly amazing – their ability to coexist with a variety of native and foreign materials means that our treatment options, as oral surgeons, are constantly expanding. “Osseointegration” refers to the fusing of bone with an artificial material. Its origins date back to the 1940s and 50s, when Swedish physician Per-Ingvar Branemark discovered that titanium fuses so well with bone that it is nearly impossible to remove! Since then, the biocompatibility of titanium has proven itself to be amazingly reliable over and over again.

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“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are made of titanium. A completed implant includes three pieces: the implant itself (a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone), the abutment (a connector between the implant and crown) and the crown (the part that is visible and looks like a tooth). Our doctors will place the implant and the abutment, and the crown will be completed by your general dentist.

Time is of the Essence

You may be surprised to hear that your jawbone is a lot like a muscle, in that it must be stimulated regularly in order to maintain its volume. Therefore, when a tooth is extracted (or falls out naturally), the jawbone begins to deteriorate almost immediately. In fact, studies show that within a year of tooth loss, there is a 25% decrease in bone width. Thankfully, dental implants can take the place of natural teeth to provide the stimulus needed by the jaw. If done early, this greatly reduces the need for bone grafting down the road.

A depiction of the upper jaw with all normal teeth
1. Normal
An example of the upper jaw missing a tooth with the jaw bone unhealed
2. Tooth Loss
An representation of a healed upper jaw bone after loosing a tooth
3. Healed Bone
An digital representation of the initial dental implant placed in the jaw bone
4. Implant Placed
A representation of the healed jaw bone after placement of the dental implant
5. Healing
An example of a fully restored tooth using a dental implant
6. Implant Restored

How much do dental implants cost?

While the upfront cost is often more than that of alternatives such as bridges and dentures, dental implants outlast those approaches by several decades. This increased longevity makes implants the more affordable choice in the long run. For further information, visit our dental implants cost page.

Dental Implants: The Process

  1. Consultation and Treatment Plan: During the initial phase of the dental implant process, imaging is gathered along with your medical and dental histories to give us a clear picture of your current health. We will then explore your treatment options with you to formulate a plan that ensures that both your health goals and budgetary needs are met.
  2. Extraction: The next step is to have the tooth in question extracted. In some cases, we may be able to place the implant at the same time of extraction. In others, bone grafting will be required prior to implant placement (see next step).
  3. Bone Grafting: It is fairly common for the jawbone to lack the mass needed to accept an implant. In this case, a bone graft will be performed first to strengthen the target area. Bone grafting is typically followed by several months of healing before the implant can be placed.
  4. Dental Implant Surgery: During the implant procedure itself, a titanium screw is inserted into your jawbone. You will be anesthetized for comfort during the surgery, which takes about 1-2 hours.
  5. Osseointegration: After placing the implant, we cover it with the surrounding soft tissue and let it sit for 3 months in order to fuse with the bone.
  6. Final Restoration: After osseointegration is complete, an abutment is placed on the implant to connect with the final crown restoration. Typically, the final restoration is done by a general dentist.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

For more information, please visit our dental implant FAQs page.

At Atlanta Oral & Facial Surgery, we are proud to offer a safe, comfortable and affordable dental implant experience to our patients with the help of cutting-edge technology and utilization of the latest techniques. Call us at Alpharetta Office Phone Number 770-475-3190 to get started on your journey – we are here with the support, guidance, and expertise you deserve.

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Doctor Bankston and staff are awesome!!! They have been amazing with my dental implant procedure and made me feel very comfortable as it’s nerve-racking to have an implant in the front tooth especially. Definitely recommend!

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I'm not good at writing....but I can't say enough about the incredible experience I have had at this office...from the front desk to billing to the Technicians/nursing staff and most of all Dr. Gonzalez who has gone above and beyond for me with my broken front tooth...I only wish I could go here for all my dental needs and not just for oral surgery....keep up the good work and I love you all for making a bad situation an incredible experience! Thanks is not enough!

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Dr. Bankston did an outstanding job. He dispelled my nervousness about the proceedure right away. His staff is courteous, friendly & knowledgeable. I would recommend him anytime.

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Dr. Belinfante is a dream! His charm and humor put you at ease from the outset, while the staff is gracious and accommodating. I am delighted with the service, and I would highly recommend this practice.

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Dr. Gonzalez removed a wisdom tooth and two molars on the left side of my mouth, I was done before I knew it no pain at all. Dr. Gonzalez has a wonderful way of making you feel at ease as all in his office the same as well. I would definitely return there for my dental needs. Dr. Gonzalez called me the next day to see how I was doing that was really special never had that type of concern before.

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Dr. Blair is the best! He has done two implants for me now, and I wouldn't go anywhere else. Great team and excellent care!

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I went to see Dr. Wunderlee, III, for a tooth extraction. HIs staff was very kind and super accommodating. Dr. Wunderlee explained the procedure and gave me a heads up before he did anything in my mouth. I am claustrophobic and have a hard time keeping a "block" in my mouth. Dr. Wunderlee was very sensitive to my needs and even put a child's block in my mouth and helped me through the initial adjustment. He talked me through the whole procedure and was very gentle and caring.. His office staff were very helpful and even accommodated me with a last minute appointment when I had a problem before my extraction. Super friendly people and a great experience!

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Very professional and caring doctor and staff. Implant procedure was not difficult and caused very little discomfort.

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Would recommend Dr. Shaner to anyone needing oral surgery. He and his staff were very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly.

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I'm on my third implant. All surgeries have gone smoothly and I have had no problems with any of the three. Interacting with Dr. Meaders, the operating room crew and the office staff has been nothing but pleasant on each of almost 10 visits. Competency is everywhere.

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I've used the E Cobb location twice in several years and in both instances was very pleased. Both Drs. Schaner and Levy were very pleasant and professional and completed their services better than expected. I would not hesitant to return to this office and can recommend their services to anyone needing them.

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Extremadamente contento e imppresionado con el resultado final de mi procedimiento. Verdadamente no creo que un dentista regular huebiese logrado el resultado obtenido de dos implantes e ingerto de tejido.

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