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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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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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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Clinical Trials Highlight The Success Rate of Dental Implants

Past research has shown dental implants to be a highly effective and successful treatment for missing teeth.  That is why they are currently considered by many experts to be the “gold standard” in tooth replacement.  However, results of recent large, international clinical trials have provided patients and dentists with an even higher level of confidence in this innovative tooth replacement solution.

Results from two of the largest international clinical studies on dental implants have just been published and demonstrate impressive results for dental implants.  Together the two studies evaluated more than one thousand Straumann Bone Level implants in Europe, the United States and Australia.  Both studies reported extremely high implant survival rates of more than 98% and found practically no bone loss around the area of the implants.  These survival rates are higher than the rates that have been documented in previous literature.

This newest data just adds to the wealth of evidence of the effectiveness of dental implants in replacing missing teeth.  This innovative tooth replacement option can be used to replace one, several or all teeth.  In most cases, dental implants require two separate procedures: one to place the implants into the jawbone and another to attach restorations to the implants.  The result is replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  With proper care, dental implants can last for a lifetime.  This is a definite advantage over temporary dental bridges or partial dentures.

Many individuals who have worn dentures in the past have made the investment in dental implants.  Although dental implants are more expensive than other traditional tooth replacement solutions, the benefits to the patients far outweigh the added cost in many cases.

Most individuals with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants as there are very few medical reasons that would rule a person out for this procedure.  If you are currently wearing dentures and are interested in making the switch to dental implants, talk to a dental implant dentist in your local area today.

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Tooth Loss in the Georgia

Despite advances in dental technology and improved access to education regarding oral hygiene, tooth loss remains a problem for many people in the United States.  So how does the state of Georgia compare to other states when it comes to tooth loss?  According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention,  Georgia is ranked #9 when it comes to tooth loss as defined as the percentage of adults aged sixty-five or older who have had all of their teeth extracted.  This may sound like a good ranking, but it is not.  This means that the percentage of people over the age of 65 who have lost their teeth (28.2%) is higher than all but eight other states in the country.  So, which state ranked the worst?  That would be West Virginia (42.8%) followed by Kentucky (38.1%) and Tennessee (32.2%).  You may be wondering which state has the lowest percentage of adults over the age of sixty-five who has had all of their teeth extracted.  The answer is Connecticut.  Connecticut is ranked lowest among all the states in the United States when it comes to tooth loss.  Their percentage of adults over the age of sixty-five who have had all of their teeth extracted is just 12.4%.

Experts cite a higher education level and better access to dental care as two of the biggest reasons for Connecticut’s low rate of tooth loss.  So what can we learn from the residents of Connecticut when it comes to avoiding tooth loss?  We can learn that brushing your teeth at least two times daily and flossing at least one time daily can really go a long way in protecting your dental health and preserving your teeth for many years to come.  We can also learn that visiting the dentist regularly for routine dental cleanings and exams is essential to safeguarding your long-term dental health. By visiting your dentist regularly, you can increase the chances of finding and treating any dental health issues such as dental carries and gum disease in their earliest stages, before they threaten the health of your teeth.

Even with the best of oral hygiene and dental care, tooth loss can still occur.  The good news is that there are now a wide variety of effective options for replacing missing teeth.  Many advanced dental practices, including Pure Dental Health in Atlanta, are now offering dental implants.  Dental implants provide a long-term solution to missing teeth that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  If you are interested in dental implants to replace one, several or all of your teeth, please call Pure Dental Health to schedule an appointment.

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The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

If you have lost a tooth in the back of your mouth and the space does not show when you smile, you may not think it is very important to replace the lost tooth.  After all, no is going to notice right?  Why go through the expense and the hassle of tooth replacement?  What is the harm in just leaving it alone?  The answer is that failure to replace missing teeth can negatively affect your long-term dental health and the health of your remaining teeth.

First of all, when a tooth lost, it obviously leaves a space in the mouth.  This can cause the other teeth to shift to fill the space, therefore getting your teeth out of alignment. If you have spent the time and money to achieve straighter teeth with braces, failure to replace a tooth can leave you at risk for orthodontic relapse.  Even if you have not had braces, shifting teeth can negatively affect both the form and function of your smile.

Secondly, the space in your mouth that is left from the missing tooth can create a trap for food, bacteria and other debris.  This can leave you more at risk for developing periodontal disease: the number one cause of tooth loss in people over the age of thirty-five.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss.  When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes loss of aveolar bone.  In fact, there is an approximate 25% decrease in the width of aveolar bone in the first year after a tooth is lost.  This is why it is important to replace a missing tooth immediately and not to put it off.  Once bone is lost, it can make dentures harder to wear and make it harder to place dental implants or other types of restorations.

Now that you know how important it is to replace missing teeth, even if they are in the back of your mouth, you must decide which tooth replacement option is right for you.  Don’t risk your long-term dental health by putting off needed treatment.  Pure Dental Health in Atlanta offers a variety of effective tooth replacement options including Dentca dentures, bridges, partial dentures and dental implants.  If you are currently missing a tooth or multiple teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott today to see which tooth replacement option best suits your specific circumstances as well as your budget and your lifestyle.

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Dental Implants: The Ideal Solution For Missing Teeth

In the past, the options for replacing missing teeth were limited to removable options such as complete or partial dentures or a fixed dental bridge.  Although these options have been used successfully to replace missing teeth, each comes with its own set of challenges.  For many patients, traditional dentures are not an ideal solution. This is because traditional dentures are not fixed and therefore require the use of denture adhesive creams. These creams can be messy and difficult to work with.  Even with the best of denture adhesive creams, many patients worry constantly about the risk of their dentures slipping or falling out while they are eating or speaking.  Dentures also require many patients to change their diets to eliminate foods that are harder to chew. Unfortunately, these foods often include nuts, fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber and contain important vitamins and nutrients.  Perhaps a more serious issue with dentures is the fact that wearing dentures over time can lead to bone loss.  When bone is lost, it can cause the dentures to become uncomfortable to wear and can negatively affect their fit.  Bone loss is also detrimental to your long-term oral health.

A fixed dental bridge is another solution that can be used to replace one or several missing teeth.  However, a fixed dental bridge requires altering of the abutment teeth located on either side of the bridge.  In many cases, the abutment teeth have to be altered so that crowns can be placed over them to provide support for the fixed bridge. This alteration can negatively affect the structural integrity of the abutment teeth and can negatively affect their long-term health.

For these reasons and more, dental implants have now become the ideal solution for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants take the place of missing tooth roots and provide a fixed solution to missing teeth that allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime and can dramatically improve your oral health as well as your quality of life. Most people with missing teeth are candidates for this innovative tooth replacement solution.

Pure Dental Health in Atlanta is pleased to be able to offer dental implants to the residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas.  If you would like to get more information about dental implants or to find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing treatment, please call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott today.

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Dental Implants: An Investment in Your Health

If you are like many people with missing teeth, you have probably thought about investing in dental implants but decided that they are too expensive.  As a result, you have settled for removable dentures or some other type of temporary tooth replacement option.  Maybe you were too busy putting kids through college or paying for sports, piano lessons and other activities for the kids.  Maybe you were too busy taking care of a sick loved on or investing in a business.  Now that you have taken care of everyone else in your life, isn’t it time to take care of yourself?  Dental implants represent a significant investment, however, the return on investment is huge.  Dental implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth and provide for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  With dental implants, there is no more dealing with messy and smelly denture adhesive creams: no more worrying that your dentures will slip or fall out. And then, there is the added benefit of improved dental and overall health.

Dentures, when worn over a long period of time can cause bone loss, often making them uncomfortable to wear and negatively affecting their fit and stability.  Dentures and other removable tooth replacement options can also negatively affect your chewing function making it hard to properly chew and digest foods  such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.  These foods are rich in fiber and also are rich in important nutrients and antioxidants needed to maintain optimal health.  Often times, these foods are replaced with foods that are easier to chew but are more processed and have higher amounts of fats and calories.  Over time, eating an unbalanced diet can negatively affect your overall health and leave you more at risk for developing serious health issues including overweight, obesity and diabetes.

Many dental practices, including Pure Dental Health, offer attractive in-house and flexible payment plans to help patients with the costs associated with dental implants and other major dental procedures.  If you are ready to make an investment in your quality of life, your dental health and your overall health, call Pure Dental Health today to get more information about this life-changing tooth replacement solution.

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The Cost of Dental Implants Vs. Other Replacement Options

If you have considered dental implants in the past to replace missing teeth but ended up going with another replacement option due to cost, you are not alone.  Many adults choose temporary or removable tooth replacement options such as dentures, partials and bridges over dental implants because of the difference in cost.  If you take the financial aspect out of it, most patients would prefer dental implants over the other options.  And why not?  Dental implants offer a long-term solution to missing teeth that allow for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  That is why they are considered by most dental professionals to the be gold standard in tooth replacement.

There is no denying that dental implants cost more than dentures, partials and bridges.  However, when you consider the return you receive on your investment in terms of improved quality of life, the cost may not seem quite as high.  Dental implants are prosthetic screws usually made of titanium that are placed in the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once they have been allowed to heal, the screws fuse to the bone and are anchored securely into place.  Prosthetic teeth can then be attached to the implants to take the place of missing teeth.

Dental implant supported replacement teeth look so much like natural teeth, you may be the only one who knows you have them. They are so comfortable, you may even forget that you have them.  Unlike dentures, dental implants are not removable and do not require the use of messy denture adhesive creams.  With dental implants, you can enjoy meals and other social interactions without worrying that your dentures will click, pop, slip or fall out completely.  For some, this alone is worth the extra cost!

With dental implants, you can once again eat the foods you love.  With dentures, many patients are forced to change their eating habits to eliminate foods that are harder to chew.  Unfortunately, the foods that are eliminated are often foods that are high in fiber and important nutrients.  Usually, these foods are replaced with softer foods that are higher in carbohydrates and calories.  Over time, this nutritional imbalance can lead to overweight and obesity as well as serious health problems including Diabetes and Heart Disease.

Many patient-centered dental practices recognize that the cost of dental implants can be prohibitive for many patients who would really benefit from this revolutionary tooth replacement system.  As a result, some dental practices are offering attractive financing options to help with the cost of dental implants and other procedures that are not fully covered under dental insurance plans.  Pure Dental Health in midtown Atlanta offers state-of-the-art dental implants as well as in-house and flexible payment plans to help cover the cost. If you have missing teeth or are tired of putting up with a temporary, removable tooth replacement solution, call Pure Dental Health today to schedule a consultation with our dental implants dentist, Dr. Justin Scott.

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Dental Implants: Are They Worth the Extra Cost?

Dental implants are one of the most exciting innovations to ever come out of the field of dentistry and provide a sturdy and lasting replacement option for patients with missing teeth.  The procedure involves inserting prosthetic (titanium) screws into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  The jawbone is then given time to heal and to fuse with the screws in a process referred to as osseointegration.  Once the screws are anchored tightly into the jawbone they provide a secure foundation for replacement teeth that are made to look and feel like natural teeth.

Of all the available tooth replacement options, dental implants most closely resemble natural teeth in appearance as well as function.  For this reason, they are considered by many to be the gold standard in tooth replacement.  However, they are more expensive than bridges, partials and full dentures.  This causes many people with missing teeth to wonder if they really are worth the extra cost.  The answer is a resounding yes!

Why are dental implants so much better than other tooth replacement options?  The reasons are many.  Dental implants provide such a natural appearance that they are virtually impossible to detect by others.  They are so comfortable to wear, you may even forget that you have them!  Unlike dentures, you do not have to worry about dental implants slipping or falling out while you are talking or eating.  This can have a significant effect on your self-esteem as well as your quality of life.  The hassle of denture adhesive creams is also eliminated.  With dental implants, you do not have to change your diet to restrict or eliminate healthy, fiber-rich foods that are harder to chew.  This can positively affect your overall health.  Unlike tooth-supported bridges they do not require the reduction of the adjacent teeth.  This is much better for your long-term oral health.

If you are missing teeth and are tired of hiding your smile or dealing with dentures, call our Buckhead dental practice today to find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure.  There are very few medical rule-outs for dental implants and most patients are candidates for this highly successful tooth replacement system.  You may also want to speak with one of our patient coordinators about the available financing options.

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