Dental Implants Specialist

Marietta Dental & Implant Center

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Marietta, GA

If your smile has gaps, dental implants may be the answer to your prayers. Let Damian Sommerville, DDS, explain the benefits of tooth-replacing implants during a consultation at Marietta Dental and Implant Center in Marietta, Georgia. Implants are artificial tooth roots that can support natural-looking prosthetics. By filling gaps in your smile, you can enhance your appearance and restore the health of your teeth and gums. To find out more, make an appointment with Dr. Sommerville by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool today.

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed in your jawbone to support natural-looking prosthetic teeth. These artificial tooth roots are placed deep in your jawbone creating a durable base for crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implant-retained prosthetic teeth will look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

Oral surgery for dental implants is an involved process, though it’s not painful or overly complicated. The transformative results dental implants deliver is well worth the time and effort it takes to get them.

How does the process of getting dental implants work?

The process of placing dental implants requires at least two in-office visits with Marietta Dental and Implant Center. Once you decide on implants, you’ll schedule an oral surgery appointment with Dr. Sommerville.

Before oral surgery, Dr. Sommerville gives you a local anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable for you. Then, he uses a special dental drill to insert the implant directly into your jawbone. You won’t feel a thing, and this will be very straightforward.

After the procedure, your jaw needs time to heal and allow the implant to fuse to your jawbone so it can support replacement teeth. Typically, the recovery takes several months. Once your jawbone has fully healed, you’ll come back in to have your permanent prosthetic tooth attached to your implant.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer a host of critical benefits for people with missing teeth, including:

  • Better chewing and digestion
  • The most durable, sturdy tooth replacement option
  • Prevention of teeth shifting into empty spaces
  • Limiting the risk of bone loss
  • Restoration of lost facial volume
  • Maintaining of mouth and jaw structure

In some cases, a weak or insufficient jawbone makes the option of having dental implants placed not feasible. If you and Dr. Sommerville decide that implants aren’t for you, he can help you consider other options for filling gaps in your smile and restoring your quality of life.

How long do dental implants last?

As long as you practice good oral hygiene, they can last a lifetime. This is one of the most spectacular details about implants. Around 90% of dental implants last at least 30 years. Ensuring that they last greatly depends on you. Make sure to continue brushing, flossing, and maintaining your regularly scheduled cleanings at Marietta Dental and Implant Center.  

To find out more about how dental implants can benefit you, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.