By D Casey Hart DDS
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

No one wants to live with missing teeth. The gaps are unsightly, and the changes to oral function and gum and bone density begin dental implantsimmediately and last a lifetime--that is, unless you choose dental implants from our Marietta, GA dentist, Dr. Casey Hart. He places innovative dental implants for the best possible smile makeovers. You, too, could qualify for these state-of-the-art prosthetics.

Just what is a dental implant?

It's a completely artificial tooth, but unlike conventional bridges and dentures, single-tooth implants and implant-supported dentures and bridgework reside right in the jawbone. Your Marietta dentist surgically inserts dental implants during an in-office procedure.

To determine a patient's fitness for this restorative treatment, the dentist performs a complete oral examination, checks medical and medication histories and takes digital X-rays and other kinds of advanced imaging. If the jaw is strong enough, the implant procedure is a go.

Dr. Hart opens the gums and creates a small hole in the jaw bone, inserting the titanium implant screw. Then, he sutures the area closed.

Over the ensuing weeks, the dental implant and the jaw bone join together through a natural process called osseointegration. Studied, tested and placed for about fifty years, fully integrated dental implants provide superior stability, reliability and aesthetics, say experts at the Academy of Osseointegration. When the implant site is completely healed, Dr. Hart re-opens the area and bonds on a metal alloy post and customized porcelain crown.

Caring for a dental implant

Just as with natural teeth, consistent home brushing and flossing are key to implant longevity and health. So are semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings with Dr. Hart and his team because while implants cannot decay, implant sites are subject to peri-implantitis, an infection similar to gum disease. In fact, aside from trauma from a car accident or sports, peri-implantitis is the only serious threat to implant retention. Most dental implants can last a lifetime when well cared for.

Learn more

If you are missing one, two or even all of your teeth, don't despair. Instead, close those smile gaps with dental implants. In Marietta, GA, contact Dr. Casey Hart today to arrange an implant consultation. Call (770) 926-8371.

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