What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. A dental implant can help support a dental crown, dental bridge, or a denture.
Dental implants are made of three parts: the dental implant, the abutment, and the prosthetic.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible. At Lassiter Family Dentistry, we understand that missing teeth can be embarrassing, so we work closely with each of our patients to find the right tooth replacement option for their dental needs. During your consultation, Kingsland dentist, Dr. James Lassiter will examine the teeth, gums, and jaw bone to determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants.
The Dental Implant Process
In some cases, Dr. Lassiter will place dental implants in our Kingsland dental office. For complex cases, Dr. Lassiter may work in coordination with a local specialist for the surgical portion of the dental implant process.
To begin the dental implant process, your dentist will take the necessary x-rays of the teeth and perform a full comprehensive exam to map out the number and location of dental implants. The dental implant is then surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Typically, dental implants take anywhere from three to six months to fuse into the jawbone. Once the dental implants fully healed into the jaw bone, your dentist will take digital images or impressions to design your custom made abutment and prosthetic.
Your dentist will attach the abutment. The abutment acts as a connector between the dental implant and your prosthetic. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, and the location of you’re missing teeth, your Kingsland dentist will attach either a denture, dental bridge, or dental crown. The goal is to create a natural-looking, beautiful smile.
Caring For Your Dental Implants
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are not removable. Dental implants replace the natural tooth root. Since dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone, it is crucial that you keep the surrounding tissue healthy. To promote a healthy smile, patients should brush and floss regularly to minimize plaque build-up up.
It’s also important to visit our Kingsland, GA dental office on a regular basis. Dr. Lassiter and our dental care team can work with you to improve the health of your smile and catch any complex dental issues. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last many years.
Replace Missing Teeth in Kingsland, GA
If you would like to determine if dental implants are right for you, visit Lassiter Family Dentistry in Kingsland, GA. To schedule an appointment, call (912) 576-4011 or schedule an appointment online.