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What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

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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.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, our doctors are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.

Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While our doctors perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Why Dental Implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.

Are You A Candidate For Implants?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?

The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.

If you need any additional information, please contact us at Atlanta Office Phone Number 1-877-269-2637

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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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The staff here is the best! I recommend them highly.

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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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Dr.Meaders is the best!

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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.

- Bob Zenoble

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Very professional and very friendly by evryone!

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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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Las personas son muy amables, la asistencia es perfecta, todos aqui son muy educados y me hicieron sentir en casa.

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Dr. Bankston & his staff were highly professional. They were always courteous & helpful. I was very pleased with the surgery results & with Dr. Bankston's ability & knowledge. I would recommend him anytime.

- Sylvia E

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Magnificent work and the staff was wonderful with me. I have had a lot of work over many years and I can honestly say this was the best care I ever had.

- Donna P

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Very pleased with Dr. Blair!

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Getting an implant can be a daunting process but Dr Blair, Judy and everyone else made it smooth, comfortable and easy!

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