Dental Implants

Atlanta GA Dental Implants PeriodontistWhile there is no one faultless solution for replacing missing teeth that will work for everyone’s mouth or budget, dental implants are as close to perfect as people can ever find. Dental implants have been proclaimed as the greatest dental advancement in the last century. Dental implants are unlike any other tooth replacement option because they provide a permanent solution for a complete smile.

When there are missing teeth within a mouth, the entire mouth is left vulnerable to literally breaking down. The teeth inside the mouth work to support one another; when one or more of the teeth are missing, the support of the mouth is compromised. Teeth are held securely in place by their roots within the jaw bone. If a tooth is missing due to loss, decay, or extraction, there will be a hole in the mouth and jaw bone. When neighboring teeth do not have the correct amount of support, they will begin to lose their own stability. This process is known as bone deterioration, and it will cause the teeth that are next to a missing tooth to become loose in their sockets; if the missing tooth is not replaced, a ripple-effect will occur and those teeth will eventually fall out – leading to the continual loss of teeth. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that can not only offer a permanent replacement tooth, but that can also reestablish the structure and stability of the jaw bone.

Dental implants are more than what is seen when you smile. Dental implants are surgically implanted tooth anchors that are placed into the jaw bone. All teeth have strong roots holding them securely in place, and dental implants mimic this same structure. Tooth anchors are created out of titanium and act as the tooth root for a replacement tooth. The tooth anchors are surgically secured into the jaw bone, and then the process of Osseo integration occurs where the jaw bone “accepts” the anchor and stimulates the bone to grow around the anchor and hold it in place. Once the mouth has healed from the surgery and Osseo integration process, a permanent dental crown is placed on the tooth anchor. Once a crown is placed, the mouth not only looks complete and natural, but it also functions naturally. Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.

The obvious benefits of dental implants are that they are a permanent and naturally functioning tooth replacement option. Unlike dentures, dental crowns, and bridges, they will not slip, click, or move when you eat, talk, or smile. They also strengthen the jaw bone and reduce bone loss, helping to retain the structure of your face for a more youthful appearance. Most people are good candidates for dental implants. Through a thorough examination, the oral health and bone structure will be examined in order to determine whether or not patients are good candidates for this highly effective dental restoration option. Most patients with stable bone structure and a good medical history are able to successfully undergo the dental implant procedure.

It is important for patients to understand that choosing dental implants will not give them a “quick” solution to missing teeth. Dental implants do take a good amount of time, and those who need to replace multiple teeth can expect the entire process to take about a year. Dental implants are also more expensive up front due to the surgical implantation and multiple steps in the process. However, these two factors should not discourage you from choosing dental implants as your tooth replacement option. While it is true that dental implants are more expensive up front and that they will take longer than other options, it is important to remember that dental implants offer a permanent solution. Dentures, crowns, and dental bridges typically need to be replaced every seven years. The continual cost of replacement, and the continual need for dental work, will add up over time. Making the investment in dental implants can actually save many people time and money in the long run.

At Pure Dental Health, we want to help our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health throughout their entire lives. We proudly offer dental implants to patients who have experienced missing teeth so that they can regain their confidence and complete oral health. Our dental practice is dedicated to the highest standard in dentistry and in patient comfort. We also offer financing and payment options to help our patients fit dental implants into their budgets.

If you are ready to explore the possibility of permanently correcting your smile through dental implants, please contact our dental practice today. Pure Dental Health is your source for excellence in implant dentistry in the greater Atlanta area. Call today to schedule your appointment to learn more about how dental implants can transform your smile and improve your quality of life.

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3 Signs Your Dental Implants Are Failing

Dental implants have a success rate of 98%. However, just as with any major medical procedure, there is a risk for complication or failure. Staying under careful monitoring with your dentist is very important, but being aware of the signs of a dental implant failure can save yourself (and your smile) from further complications.

Here are 3 common signs that your dental implant could be failing:

  • Feeling discomfort or pain. If you are experiencing pain shortly after your implant procedure, it could be residual healing that is completely normal. However, if it has been a long period of time before new pain develops, you need to visit your implants dentist.
  • Swelling or inflammation in the gums. If your implants have healed and they suddenly start to look red or puffy, this could indicate an infection.
  • Loose implant. An implant that you can wiggle is cause for concern, as this indicates that it is no longer secure within the jaw.

In general, a well-placed and healthy implant should feel exactly like your own teeth. If you notice anything different, it shouldn’t be ignored. Any presence of infection should be treated immediately to prevent damage to your jawbone. Infections can be treated with antibiotics or if it has reached your jawbone, then a bone graft may be needed to repair significant damage or bone loss. If your implant is loose, your dentist needs to see you sooner rather than later. It may be that you need to have the implant removed completely.

Remember that you can prevent a large majority of dental implant failures by staying diligent with your oral hygiene. The risk of infection dramatically decreases when you are brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist on schedule. Choosing a highly qualified and experienced dentist, such Dr. Justin Scott, can also significantly boost your odds for a successful dental implants experience. He will understand the proper dental implants size and system to use in order to avoid undue stress on your implants and jaw. If you have recently had implants placed and are experiencing problems of any kind, go ahead and make the call to get it checked out. When it comes to the health of your smile, it is better safe than sorry.

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Dental Implants

For many years the only option for replacing missing teeth was through a partial or complete denture. While this method was effective, it was not always an ideal solution – especially for those who simply needed to replace one tooth (or very few teeth). Dental implants are the latest advancement in tooth replacement. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that serves as the foundation for a permanent replacement crown that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. At Pure Dental Health we are proud to offer our Atlanta patients this extraordinary option for replacing their missing teeth. With a success rate of 95-98%, patients have never been more satisfied with a tooth replacement method.

With dental implants, replacement teeth are held into place by an anchor that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. This anchor takes the place of the missing teeth roots and will firmly and permanently hold the replacement tooth in place. While it is true that the procedure for dental implants requires more time for healing and complete restoration, the outcome is one that is ideal and permanent.

At Pure Dental Health, we are committed to offering our patients the absolute best care. Our patients come first in everything we do. We offer dental implants at competitive prices and we accept most forms of dental insurance. If you are looking for a solution to your missing tooth or teeth, please contact Pure Dental Health in Buckhead today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to getting to know you and restoring your smile.

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Can Dental Implants Help Improve Your BMI?

Another new year is just around the corner. Before you know it, you will be toasting with friends and singing Auld Lang Syne once again. Is losing weight on your list of resolutions once again this year? If you resolved to lose weight last year and did not quite achieve your goal, or achieved it only to quickly regain the weight, you are not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans resolve to lose weight and improve their Body Mass Index (BMI) only to find that the end of the year has come and they are still struggling with extra pounds. In fact, overweight and obesity has become a health crisis in the United States. This is especially concerning because being overweight or obese increases your risks for a number of serious diseases and medical conditions including heart disease, Diabetes, breast cancer and more.

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill available to help you lose weight. This is despite an abundance of research on this very subject. So, what is the best way to achieve your weight loss goals? The simple answer is to eat healthier and to exercise more. To reach these goals, it may be helpful to enlist the services of an exercise coach (trainer) and a certified nutritionist. However, if you are currently wearing dentures, the solution may not be quite as simple. That is because wearing dentures can make it hard to eat and properly digest certain foods. Unfortunately, the foods that are rich in fiber and other important nutrients yet lower in calories are often hard to eat for individuals with dentures. This includes foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Many times, denture wearers are forced to replace these foods with softer, more processed foods that are easier to chew and digest. These foods are often higher in calories and lack the fiber and nutrients that are needed to maintain good overall health.

The good news is that dental implants provide a great alternative to dentures that allows you to eat the foods that you want to eat. Dental implants can be used to provide additional support for dentures or to support crowns and bridges. You can use dental implants to replace one, several or all of your teeth. With dental implants, you do not have to eliminate any foods from your diet. You can eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that will help you achieve your weight loss goals and maintain a healthy body weight.

If dentures are holding you back from meeting your weight loss goals, talk to a qualified dental implant dentist today to see if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system. We wish you the best of health in the new year!

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Enjoying Your Thanksgiving Feast With Dental Implants

For most Americans, Thanksgiving represents a special time to gather with friends and family and to express thanks for our many blessings.  A huge Thanksgiving feast of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole is also part of the Thanksgiving tradition for many families.  This is the time when we set our tables with our best linens and china, turn off our cell phones and other electronics, and enjoy a long, relaxing meal around the table.  However, if you are dealing with ill-fitting, loose or uncomfortable dentures, Thanksgiving dinner may not be all that enjoyable to you.

Dentures that slip or fall out easily can make it very difficult to enjoy a meal, especially when the meal involves a group.  Even if it is with your family members, the last thing you want is for your dentures to fall into your dinner plate!  In addition, loose or uncomfortable dentures can make it difficult to chew and properly digest certain foods.

If you notice that your dentures have recently become loose, ill-fitting or uncomfortable, it could be due to changes with the bone in your jaw.  When pressure is not exerted on the jawbone on a regular basis, it can cause bone loss.  This in turn can make dentures that at one time fit well, not fit well anymore.  It is a vicious cycle.

You can break the cycle of ill-fitting dentures with dental implants.  Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement  solution that provide for replacement teeth that look, function and feel like natural teeth.  There a a variety of tooth replacement options that can be used with dental implants including dental-implant-supported crowns, bridges and dentures.

If you are tired of worrying about your dentures slipping or falling out or if your dentures have become uncomfortable, talk to your dentist today about dental implants.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for this life-changing dental procedure.

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Have You Ever Dreamed That Your Teeth Are Falling Out?

You wake up in a sweat and your heart is racing.  You run to the mirror and check to make sure you have all of your teeth.  Does this sound familiar?  If you have ever dreamed that your teeth are falling out, you are not alone.  Missing teeth or teeth that are falling out  is one of the most common types of recurring dreams.  Psychologists suggest a number of theories behind this dream.  Some say that it means you are worried about money.  Others suggest a feeling of vulnerability or a lack of control over your circumstances.  Whatever the cause, this dream can be terrifying!

Unfortunately, for many American adults, failing and missing teeth are a reality.  Tooth failure and tooth loss can be caused by a variety of factors including lack of proper dental hygiene/dental care, periodontal disease, trauma, untreated tooth decay and more.  In the past, options for replacing missing teeth were limited to dentures (partial and full) and dental bridges.  These tooth replacement options are still popular procedures for replacing missing teeth.  However, neither of these solutions provide a permanent, fixed solution to tooth loss.  Now with the advent of dental implants, individuals with tooth loss have a fixed solution that can last a lifetime, with proper care.  This is good news for the many American adults who are missing one, several or all of their teeth.

Dental implants look like natural teeth and because they are fused to the jawbone, they feel and function like natural teeth.  These factors represent significant advantages over traditional dentures and dental bridges.  Most individuals are candidates for dental implants, and the success rate is very high.  However, if you are a smoker or have other conditions such as Diabetes, your chances for a successful outcome may be reduced.  Additionally, if you do not have a sufficient quantity of bone in your jaw, you may require bone grafting before dental implants can be successfully placed.

If you are living with the reality of tooth loss, talk to a dentist in your local area today.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system.

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Preventive Dental Care

Do you have fire extinguishers and smoke alarms in your home?  Do you have a home security system?  Do you have car insurance, homeowners insurance or a life insurance policy?  There is a good chance that you have answered “yes” to all or most of these questions.  These are all examples of preventive measure we take to ensure that we have a long and healthy life and that our finances stay in check.  So what preventive measures do you take to protect your long-term oral health?  After all, your teeth play a big role in your health and your overall quality of life.

Unfortunately, many of us fail to take preventive measures that can help to increase the chances of our teeth lasting for a lifetime. Failing to take preventive measures to protect your teeth today can lead to painful and expensive dental health problems and even tooth loss in the future.  Just think about how many advertisements you have seen on television or heard on the radio about dentures and dental implants.  The reality is that tooth loss is still a big problem for many adults in the United States.

So what are the preventive measures we can take today to safeguard our dental health in the future?  You can start with visiting your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and examinations.  Six-month checkups and cleanings are recommended for most people.  However, if you have dental health issues such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that you come in more often than every six months.

Practicing good daily oral hygiene at home is also vitally important to your long-term dental health.  This means brushing your teeth thoroughly at least two times per day and flossing thoroughly at least one time per day.  Your dentist or oral hygienist can show you the proper techniques for brushing and flossing your teeth.  If you have the tendency to brush your teeth with too much force, you may want to invest in an electric toothbrush.  This will help to prevent gum damage and gum recession from overly aggressive tooth brushing.  If you have periodontal disease, your dentist may also recommend that you rinse your mouth daily with an antimicrobial mouthwash.

Sealants and fluoride treatments are other preventive measures that can be taken to prevent cavities and make the teeth more resistant to decay.  These preventive dental treatments are commonly used for children.  In some cases, they may be recommended for adults.

If you have not been to a dentist in more than six months, schedule an appointment today.  Together, you and dentist can come up with a strategy to help you achieve and maintain good dental health, for life.

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Putting Your Best Smile Forward

What is the first thing that you notice about a person when you meet them for the first time? For most of us, the answer is their smile. The truth is, your smile makes a big first impression and often a lasting impression on those who you meet. A healthy, bright smile can make a great first impression and let others know that you take good care of yourself.  It can also enhance your confidence.  This can have important implications for many facets of your life including your career, your dating life, your social life and more. So how can we make sure that we put our best smile forward everyday?

The first part of making sure that your smile is the best that it can be is to take care of your oral health. Brushing your teeth thoroughly at least two times per day and flossing your teeth thoroughly at least one time per day can go a long way in ensuring that your smile looks healthy and bright. So can regular trips to the dentist for dental cleanings and examinations.

However, even with the best oral hygiene and dental care, there may be some aspects of your smile that you are not happy with. A space between your two front teeth, dingy, yellowed teeth, crooked teeth, missing teeth and teeth that are too long or too short can all make you feel self-conscious about your smile. This can cause you to feel less confident in general. Luckily, with today’s advances in dental technology and cosmetic dentistry, you don’t have to feel embarrassed about your smile. Teeth whitening, clear braces, porcelain veneers, dental bonding and dental implants are all cosmetic dental procedures that can be used to bring balance to your smile and improve its appearance.

If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile, the first step is to schedule a consultation with an experienced and qualified cosmetic dentist. After a thorough evaluation and discussion about your desires, your dentist can recommend the most appropriate cosmetic dental procedure or group of cosmetic dental procedures to help you achieve your goals. This will help you to put your best smile forward wherever you go!

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Need Additional Stability for Your Dentures?

If you wear dentures and are looking for additional stability to ensure that they do not slip or fall out, you may be interested in dental implants.  Dental implants are a revolutionary dental treatment that can be used to provide support for crowns, bridges or dentures.  The process involves inserting titanium screws into the jawbone and allowing the bone in the jaw to heal.  Once the bone has healed and the implants are anchored securely in the jaw, crowns, bridges or dentures can be attached to the implants to take the place of missing teeth.

When first invented, dental implants were used exclusively to provide support for dental crowns.  Today, their use has greatly expanded and they are used to support dental bridges and dentures.  Dental-implant-supported dentures provide more stability than conventional dentures and are less expensive than a full set of dental-implant-supported crowns.  For this reason, they are a good solution for many individuals with missing teeth.

If you are interested in dental implants to provide added stability to your dentures, the first step is to visit a dental implant specialist in your local area.  After a thorough evaluation and medical history, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.  To be a candidate for dental implants, you must have enough healthy bone and tissue in your jaw to support the implants.  In cases where the quantity or quality of bone in the jaw is insufficient to support dental implants, other procedures may be needed to prepare the jawbone for successful placement of implants.  This may include any variety of bone grafting procedures.

If you have dentures that slip or fall out or if you are simply looking for a way to add stability to your dentures, talk to your dentist about dental implants today.  With dental-implant-supported dentures you can once again chew, smile, laugh and speak with confidence.

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Gum Recession

Receding gums are a common dental health problem affecting a large number of Americans.  Gum recession refers to the process by which the gum tissue that surrounds to teeth pulls back or wears away, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root.  When this occurs, pockets or gaps form between the teeth and the gum line, leaving a place for bacteria to accumulate and cause problems.  If left untreated, this harmful bacteria can damage and destroy the supporting tissue and bone structure of the teeth and eventually lead to tooth loss.

There are a number of factors that can lead to gum recession including periodontal disease, genetic factors, hormonal changes, overly aggressive tooth brushing, using tobacco products and grinding and/or clenching your teeth.  If your receding gums are being caused by periodontal disease, you need to visit your dentist for treatment.  There are a variety of treatments that can be used to treat periodontal disease including a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), antimicrobial medications and even surgery.  If your gum recession is being caused by hormonal fluctuations such as pregnancy, puberty or menopause, your dentist may recommend more frequent dental cleanings than every six months.  If your receding gums are being caused by overly aggressive tooth brushing, your dentist may recommend that you invest in an electrically powered toothbrush such as a Sonicare.  This type of toothbrush will prevent you from placing too much pressure on the gums when you brush and will help to prevent you from dragging the toothbrush against your gums.

One thing is for certain:  gum recession should not be ignored.  If you notice that your gums are receding or are experiencing tooth sensitivity, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.   After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can recommend the most appropriate treatment or treatments to help safeguard your long-term dental health.

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