7 Things You Want to Know When Choosing a Dental Implant Dentist

Atlanta GA Restorative DentistOnce you’ve decided to explore dental implants to restore missing teeth, you’ve arrived at your next decision — finding the practitioner to do your work.

What kind of practitioner should you look for?
Some people think they might need to see a specialist, such as a prosthodontist or periodontist. The former specializes in restoring oral function by making and fitting artificial devices to replace missing teeth. The latter specializes in treating diseases and problems with bone, connective tissue and gums that surround and support the teeth. Both provide dental implants.

But these days, practitioners in general dentistry routinely perform dental implants along with their more traditional work, and you can expect that most dentists will offer them. Find out how extensive a dentist’s training has been, how long he or she has been placing implants and how many he or she does annually.

How long will the process take?
In many cases, when bone is sound, it’s possible to complete an implant in one day, but often, the procedure is done in stages, with gums being allowed to heal and bone allowed to grow along the way. That could take a year.

The dentist will do an initial scan to determine a plan and a schedule for your work. He or she should also inform you if there are any complications involving sinuses or nerves and discuss advantages and disadvantages of treatment options.

Ask the dentist to explain the technology that will be used to evaluate your bone, place the implant precisely and promote healing after surgery.

How invasive is the process going to be?
Many patients are apprehensive about surgery. But even though implants involve drilling into bone, bleeding and pain are minimal.

At Pure Dental Health, we can offer IV sedation if you need that for anxiety. Some other patients are fine with the noise-canceling headphones and routine numbing of the area. Of course, we make patients comfortable afterward if they experience any swelling or pain.

Are dental implants advisable for diabetics?
Diabetes is no longer considered a risk factor for implants. If you’re a diabetic, you want to discuss any precautions the dentist will want to take. But studies show that diabetics can successfully be implanted, and, of course, when they replace missing teeth, they can eat a better diet to help them control their diabetes.

Is there an age limit recommended for getting implants?
Your dentist will examine your bone structure, determine your overall oral health and review your medical history. But there’s no age limit to restoring optimum function of your teeth. Or your appearance.

What will dental implants cost?
Cost is a big concern for most patients, especially if treatment will extend over months. Think of dental implants as an investment in your health and well-being. Replacing multiple teeth can easily exceed five figures, but more than 90 percent of implants can last for 10 years. Many people keep their implants the rest of their lives.

Because of many factors, the price depends on your situation. So an evaluation is required. If financing is necessary for your situation, make sure that the practice offers that. At Pure Dental, we have financing options.

Will your insurance cover dental implants?
Call your prospective practice to ask what plans they accept. Keep in mind that they may have recently added your insurance provider to their network, even if you don’t see your carrier listed on their website.

At Pure Dental Health, we currently accept all PPO insurance plans including, but not limited to, Blue Cross Blue Shield P.O., Cigna Radius, Delta Dental Premier, Guardian, Humana, United Concordia, MetLife, Aetna PPO, Cigna Core and United Healthcare.

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If you’re ready to discuss the possibility of having dental implants, please contact us at Pure Dental Health today. Schedule an appointment to learn more about how we can help you restore your smile and even your outlook on life.

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Indications You May Need Dental Implants

Should you get dental implants? If you’ve considered them, you should know that there are some indications that may make your decision easier.

You got a cavity, or felt your bite change.

If you’ve been missing a tooth or teeth for a while, there’s an increased likelihood that you may develop dental caries in a tooth that’s near the gap. The void also increases the possibility that your other teeth can shift, knocking your bite out of alignment and interfering with you ability to chew normally.

In fact, if you have a tooth missing, you may be chewing only on the other side — even unconsciously. And that imbalance in the way you eat can mean you will develop problems with your jaw. One result can be painful TMJ.

You’ve noticed a change in the way you look.

Invariably, tooth loss leads to bone loss. Bone is being rebuilt continually through the natural operation of your teeth. When there is a tooth missing, the decreased stimulation to the underlying bone causes it to decrease in both width and height. Gum tissue deteriorates, and your ability to chew and speak can be impaired.

But you lose more than function. Your teeth are also the support system for your mouth and face. When teeth are missing, you’ll see gradual structural changes to your face. Lips sag. Cheeks sink in. The lower part of your face will appear smaller, making you look older.

You cracked a tooth.

If you have a tooth missing, you may have already cracked a tooth in the vicinity. Once you’ve lost a tooth, there can be a cascading deterioration in your oral health.

At Pure Dental Health, our goal is always to help you preserve your smile and promote optimum oral health, which contributes to your overall health and well-being.

You’re uncomfortable in public with your Essix retainer.

Have you been using an Essix retainer to compensate for missing teeth? It’s very effective, since no one can tell you’re wearing it. But as you know, you can’t chew with it, so you have to take it out to eat. That may not be a problem for you if you usually eat alone. But if you have a job that requires you to socialize, you know there’s no good way to accommodate your retainer.

Are you looking for a job? If you have been, you know that a firm handshake and a confident smile can be as important as a solid resume in advancing your cause in an interview. If you’re missing teeth, you’re probably sabotaging yourself in the workplace.

You’ve been told you should get dentures.

If you’re missing teeth today, it’s useful to look back a couple of decades to review the kind of oral hygiene you practiced growing up. Poor self-care eventually catches up with you. Sometimes, there’s not much that can be done to save your teeth if you’ve neglected their proper care. Have you been told to consider full dentures? If so, you’ll definitely want to compare them with dental implants.

Dentures are removable. They need to be held in place with adhesives you have to keep buying. But dental implants are permanent prosthetics that become a part of your jawbone. They look, fit and function just like natural teeth. You won’t be self-conscious about having a great-looking, healthy mouthful of teeth.

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If you’re ready to discuss getting dental implants, please contact us at Pure Dental Health today. Schedule an appointment for a free CD scan that we’ll use to evaluate your teeth and determine your options. Learn more about how we can help you restore your smile and make you want to share it with everybody.

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Consider the Value of Dental Implants

When deciding upon replacing a missing tooth, one of the first things most people consider is how much the different options cost. An equally important question one should consider however is how long the option will actually last. Asking both of these questions gives a better indication of the value. After all, what is getting something for half off if it doesn’t actually work or last?

In addition to a dental implant, a dental bridge is an option for replacing missing teeth. When comparing the cost of a dental bridge to a dental implant, a dental implant is typically a larger investment. While a dental bridge can range from $3-4K dollars, an implant can be a $4-6K investment. Bridges are faster to make while implants take more time to complete. When only considering the financial factor, one might conclude that a dental bridge is a better value.

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Time factor

How long will each last? It always depends on how well someone takes care of it. One way we can level the playing field is by taking a sample of people that have had a dental bridge and a sample of people that have had a dental implant, wait 10 years and see how many treatments are still in place. Studies very similar to this one show that the survival rate (how many that are still functioning and in place) for dental bridges are 50% while the survival rate of dental implants are 90-98%.

So at 10 years, assuming you have a dental bridge go bad, you could wind up having to replace both the supporting teeth with dental implants and a brand new bridge. So now instead of just paying for one implant you have paid for two implants and two bridges. This puts us at $14-18K for half the cases. For many considering this, it makes the bridge more of a temporary option. All of these scenarios are based on averages and a lot of assumptions obviously. However, many have learned that, over time, a dental bridge is more of a risk than an implant. With anything in the dental field there are many variables that might make the dental bridge make more sense but just looking at the cost could bring you to a short sighted conclusion.

Dental Implants as Investment

Many times people come to our office to gather pricing for restoring their mouth with a dental implant. With multiple implants the figure can easily exceed 5 figures. That’s as much as a car! But here is a question, which is a better value? When you buy a car you don’t always buy a used car just because it is cheaper. You have to consider the cost of maintenance and how long it will last. The average car costs around $33,560 according to the Kelley Blue Book while the average length of time drivers keep their vehicle according to research by R.L.Polk is less than 6 years. Even at the low end, a 90% survival rate at 10 years for a dental implant really makes it a great value.

Yet how many times per day do we use our teeth? Well typically 3, and we will be doing that everyday, 3 times a day, for the rest of our lives. Something to consider.

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All-on-4 Implants: Right 4 You?

If you’re missing a tooth or two, dental implants have traditionally been the answer. But if you’re missing several or many teeth — and/or if a number of your teeth are on their “last legs,” so to speak — you might be a prime candidate for an All-on-4 implant.

So what is an All-on-4? Well, here’s the idea: rather than individual implants for each missing tooth, the All-on-4 procedure replaces all of your teeth on the top or bottom — or both top and bottom, if needed — of your mouth. All-on-4 does this with just four implants (or “anchors”), rather than one for each tooth. In other words, if you had to replace all 14 (or 16) of your top teeth, you wouldn’t need 14 (or 16) individual implants. All-on-4 would replace them all with just four implants, giving you a whole new prosthetic arch, a brand new set of teeth, and a perfectly natural look.

The procedure, invented in 1998 by a Portuguese dentist, has taken off in recent years as Baby Boomers age and develop greater needs in dental care. Hundreds of thousands have received the treatment and, according to one study, 98 percent of them would recommend it to others.

Some advantages of an All-on-4 include:

  • Can replace all of your teeth in one day
  • Treatment involves just one surgery
  • Secure placement won’t shift or loosen
  • No bone graft usually necessary
  • Lower cost than multiple individual implants
  • Rapid improvement in quality of life!

How does it work? Four anchors are implanted into the upper or lower jawbone. Think of it sort of like putting a plastic anchor into drywall, and then attaching something with screws — a towel rack, for example — to that anchor. It holds firm. But with All-on-4, the anchor doesn’t go into the “drywall,” but the “stud” — the actual bone at the top or bottom of your mouth. So it essentially becomes part of the structure of your mouth, and holds really firm.

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It’s such a radical procedure that many patients even call it “life-changing” because of dramatic improvements in function, aesthetics, speech, and even self-esteem. Reviews on this treatment have generally been excellent. “A real life-saver,” one patient said after her own All-on-4 treatment. “My [new] teeth feel like my own — so secure, that I know I never have to worry about them ever again. Getting implants is the best decision I have ever made!” Another patient said, “I was very self-conscious about my situation and thought there was no solution to my problem. I cannot believe the difference All-on-4 has made in my life.”

Pure Dental Health serves patients with the All-on-Four procedure here at the Buckhead office. Since the All-on-Four is a more expensive treatment, so we offer a variety of financing and payment options to help meet your budgetary situation. Schedule a visit today for a free consultation to discover if this is the right treatment for you.

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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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