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Better oral function. Better facial appearance. Stronger gums, bone and teeth. When you complete your gapped smile with dental implants from Marietta, GA dentist, Dr. Casey Hart, you'll enjoy these benefits and more. Dental implants not only replace missing teeth, they improve bone structure and support remaining natural teeth.
The anatomy of a dental implant
The single-tooth implant has three parts:
- A titanium implant device screwed into the jaw bone during an in-office procedure
- A metal alloy abutment, attached to the implant several weeks after the implant has bonded with the jawbone
- A customized porcelain crown, bonded to the abutment and faithfully mimicking the missing tooth in size, shape and function
Because of Dr. Hart's advanced training and expertise in modern tooth replacement, all aspects of the procedure take place right in the dentist's office in Marietta. That includes the initial examination and digital imaging to determine your oral health status and to measure the density and size of your jaw bone, necessities for successful implant insertion and retention.
After Dr. Hart places the implant into your jaw and closes the gums with a few sutures, you'll go home to allow the site to heal for several weeks. During that time, you'll exert as little pressure as possible on the implant device, and your jaw bone actually will bond to the implant.
This critical bonding process is known as osseointegration, a medical term which literally means "bone connection," say experts at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Osseointegration drives the amazing durability, strength, versatility and longevity of single-tooth implants and multi-implant tooth replacements such as dentures and bridgework.
Finally, because of osseointegration, your jaw bone and gum tissue will thrive. Unlike conventional tooth replacement options which rest on top of the gums, dental implants return extraction sites to the full bone structure Nature intended. That means:
- Clear speech
- Normalized biting and chewing
- Natural look and feel
- A tooth replacement which lasts for decades, not just a few years
Dental implant care
Brush your dental implant twice a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft brush. Floss daily, too, removing the plaque which can build-up at the gum line around the implant. See Dr. Hart every six months for an oral examination and hygienic cleaning as you usually do.
Plus, stop all tobacco. Both smokeless tobacco and cigarettes degrade implant sites, infecting them with a condition called peri-implantitis. It resembles advanced gum disease and eats away at both soft and hard tissue, often resulting in implant failure.
A no-gap smile
You'll be proud to show it off. Call Dr. Hart's office team today and arrange your dental implant consultation. Phone (770) 926-8371.