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By Adairsville Family Dentistry
February 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have researched replacement options for your missing tooth, chances are you have come across the words “dental implants”. But dental implantshow do you know if this option is the best for you? With help from your Adairsville, GA dentist, Dr. Todd Edwards, you can arm yourself with the knowledge to make an informed decision.

Why are dental implants necessary? 
Missing teeth cause many detrimental things to happen. Over time, the bone breaks down and degrades, potentially leaving behind sagging facial muscles. The teeth around the gap move to compensate for the gap’s extra room, affecting the bite and chewing surface. Dental implants replace a missing tooth to provide a sturdy, stable prosthetic root and tooth. Surgically implanted into the bone, dental implants are the most secure and permanent form of tooth replacement.

The Parts of a Dental Implant
Fixture: The implant’s fixture is a small post which integrates into the bone underneath the gum line to replace the tooth’s root. The fixture provides a secure foundation for the rest of the implant after becoming enveloped in the jawbone. 
Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the implants fixture to the prosthetic tooth. 
Crown: The crown replaces your missing tooth. It looks, feels and functions just like a natural tooth and is customized in a dental laboratory.

What is the procedure like? 
The dental implant procedure takes place in two parts. Part one starts with a consultation with your dentist, who takes a mold of your mouth to send to the dental laboratory. This mold allows the lab to design each implant’s crown specifically for you ensuring a natural look. During surgery, your dentist implants the fixtures into the bone. The healing process takes several months. During this time, the posts integrate into the bone becoming the tooth’s replacement root. Part two of the dental implants procedure takes place once integration is successful. The abutment attaches to the fixture, and the prosthetic tooth attaches to the abutment. After the second part of the process, the implants fit, function and feel just like your natural teeth.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Todd Edwards, DDS at Adairsville Family Dentistry in Adairsville, GA. Call (770) 773-7244 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!

By Adairsville Family Dentistry
February 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dispel the popular myths surrounding this tooth loss replacement treatment.

If you’re thinking about dental implants then you’ve probably put a lot of time and effort into finding out more about this treatment. After all, the procedure is lengthy and requires a lot of commitment on the part of the patient, so you want to make sure you’re Dental Implantsready for this extensive tooth replacement process; however, not everything you read online is accurate and you may have heard things about dental implants that just aren’t true. Adairsville Family Dentistry is here to debunk these popular implant myths.

Myth #1: Dental implants require a lot of special care.

Truth: Just because this implant isn’t a natural tooth doesn’t mean you need to treat it any differently. In fact, a dental implant is built to last and mimics the look and function of a natural tooth. So chew gum, savor delicious meals and continue brushing your teeth as you have been.

Myth #2: Dental implants have been known to cause migraines.

Truth: This is a newer myth that has been circulating and it blames the titanium in the implant for causing headaches. However, there has been no clinical proof to support that these two things are connected. If you are experiencing headaches after getting a dental implant then talk to your Adairsville dentist. Sometimes frequent headaches can be due to nerve damage or even a bad bite, which causes TMJ-related symptoms like jaw pain and headaches.

Myth #3: Dental implants are only for those who don’t have health problems.

Truth: While ideally we want our patients to have good oral and general health, this doesn’t mean that people who have diabetes or heart disease can’t get dental implants. Our main goal during your treatment is to make sure that everything heals quickly with as little side effects and discomfort as possible.

Sometimes uncontrolled health conditions can impede healing, making your treatment process last longer than we would like. Therefore, if you have been diagnosed with a chronic health problem we want you to have it under control (e.g., taking medication) before you opt for implants.

Myth #4: Getting dental implants is painful.

Truth: While the word surgery doesn’t evoke the most pleasant images, we take every precaution to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during your procedure. We also perform implant surgery under local anesthesia, which will numb your mouth to ensure that you feel little to no discomfort. For those who are particularly anxious, we can also prescribe oral sedation to help make the procedure even more comfortable.

If you are interested in finding out if dental implants can improve your toothless smile, then it’s time to contact your Adairsville dentist, Dr. Todd Edwards, DDS with Adairsville Family Dentistry.