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Kathy Huber, DDS
Erin Pickwick, DMD
Location:

2023 Highway 20, Suite 203
Grayson, GA 30017-1242
678-226-4466


Dental Implants
A dental implant is a device made of metal that is designed to replace missing teeth. It is usually made out of titanium and is placed surgically into the jawbone where the tooth is missing.

You have several options other than crowns, conventional bridges, or dentures when replacing teeth. Dental implants look and feel very natural. Implants are surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments. With time, they fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or dentures.

Through a process called osseointegration, implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural. Some patients have reported that the secure fit is more comfortable than alternatives. Dental implant candidates must have healthy gums and bone to support the implant.

Reasons for Dental Implants
•  Keep the look and feel of a real tooth where one is missing
•  Maintain healthy bone levels
•  Help support overdentures

What Does a Dental Implant Involve?
•  Implant Site Preparation
To prepare the site, the gum tissue is opened to expose the bone area. If there is insufficient bone structure, bone grafting may be recommended. With healthy bone, a special drill is used to prepare the bone to receive the implant.

•  Placing the Implant
The implant is placed into the healthy bone and the tissue is sutured. It is normal to expect three to six months to heal entirely. Osseointegration occurs over this time period allowing the implant to become part of the lower jaw. (Osseointegration takes time but the sutures are typically removed seven to fourteen days after surgery.)

•  Attaching the Post
A special post is attached to the implant when the gum tissue is ready. This post is the support for the new porcelain crown. The abutments attached to the implant post assure that the new porcelain tooth has translucency properties similar to a natural tooth.

•  Placing the Crown
The new crown is made from impressions taken and shaded to match your existing teeth. The crown is cemented over the post. The final prosthetic crown appears as your natural tooth.

At Heritage Family Dental - Kathy Huber DDS, PC and Erin Pickwick DMD, we will help you determine whether dental implants will be a good tooth replacement option for you. For more information, or to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implant options, call us today at 678-226-4466.



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2023 Highway 20, Suite 203, Grayson, GA 30017