Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically implanted into your jawbone. It is a popular tooth replacement option after tooth loss or extraction.

Dental implants have resulted in successful dental restorations for over 30 years and can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even be used to support dentures.

Most people want to replace missing teeth simply to regain their smile and that’s a great reason. However, missing teeth can have a big impact on your life in a lot of ways. Missing teeth may affect how you chew and eat, leading to nutritional and digestive issues. Even a single missing molar can affect how you chew.

Without teeth to support the jaw structure, your facial features may start to look old and distorted, with sunken cheeks and skin wrinkling around the mouth. And, a lack of teeth can make it hard to talk. Implants are a great option to address these concerns and can be used in multiple ways. 

Implants can be used to replace a single tooth 

single dental implant is ideal when one tooth is missing, and you want to replace it for aesthetics, comfort, and function. It requires a dental implant abutment and dental crown that connects to the implant. Dental implants are a great option for replacing a single tooth without affecting the adjacent teeth and can be cared for by brushing and flossing the same as you do your natural teeth.

They can also replace multiple teeth

Implant bridges are similar to conventional bridges, except that the prosthesis is supported and retained by one or more implants instead of natural teeth. Implant supported bridges attach to implant abutments in the same way as a single tooth implant replacement and are a great option when replacing multiple teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.                      

They can even be used to support full dentures replacing all teeth

Unlike conventional dentures, which can potentially slip out of place, dentures are more stable and versatile.

Implants can help support dentures in both the upper and lower jaws. They are particularly beneficial for lower dentures. Almost every lower denture wearer would benefit from having implants to support and retain the denture making it more stable while speaking and eating.

Because implant dentures will replace some of your tooth roots, your bone is better preserved. With conventional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth roots begins to resorb (deteriorate). Dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.

In the long term, implants can be more esthetic and easier to maintain than conventional dentures. The loss of bone that accompanies conventional dentures leads to recession of the jawbone and a collapsed, unattractive smile.

Why Get Dental Implants?

Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, where they serve as the roots of missing teeth. Because the titanium in the implants fuses with your jawbone, the implants won't slip, make noise or cause bone damage the way fixed bridgework or dentures might. In fact, because they serve as an artificial root they will help preserve the bone you have from additional bone loss. Dental implants can't decay like your natural teeth that support regular bridgework can and are a great long term option. Dental implants can be treated just like your natural teeth require the same care, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups.  

Dental implants may be right for you if you:

  • Have one or more missing teeth
  • Have a jawbone that's reached full growth
  • Have adequate bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft
  • Have healthy oral tissues
  • Don't have health conditions that will affect bone healing
  • Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
  • Want to improve your speech
  • Are willing to commit several months to the process
  • Don't smoke tobacco

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?

Insurance coverage of dental implants often depends on your specific policy and insurance carrier. Although our office would be happy to help answer any questions you may have it is always a good idea to check with your insurance carrier with specific questions regarding your coverage. 

How Painful Are Dental Implants?

Since getting implants involves having surgery, you should expect a bit of pain. But, according to several studies, most people say that they had less pain and swelling during and after their dental implant surgery than after having a tooth removed.

After the surgery, you can usually manage your pain and swelling with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or Motrin. 

What Are The Stages Of Getting Dental Implants?

Getting dental implants is undoubtedly one of the best things you can do to replace missing teeth, but it takes time. Typically, a dental implant procedure is not completed in a single visit and takes several months. The result is a permanent, long-lasting restoration that becomes part of your smile.

Stage 1 - Consultation 

When you come in for an implant consultation at Lemons Dental, Dr. Lemons will discuss the dental implant process timeline that requires multiple visits to ensure the best results. 

Stage 2 - Extraction and if needed bone grafting 

Once the tooth is extracted, you may need a bone graft to provide a stable foundation for implant placement. Often, when teeth and gums are diseased, the quality of bone may be poor, or you may have lost bone density. Having sufficient bone to anchor the implant into is crucial for success. Typically bone grafting is carried out immediately after extraction. 

Stage 3 - Healing 

Before Dr. Lemons can place dental implants, the newly placed bone graft needs to integrate to the existing bone properly.

Stage 4 - Implant placement and osseointegration 

Once the dental implant is in position, the bone tissue will need to fuse with the titanium implant to create a solid structure. The process of bone fusion is known as osseointegration. Just like a bone graft, this will need some time to heal. 

During this time, patients should be free to go about their everyday lives and not feel any discomfort, but care should be taken when eating or chewing on the site or area.  

Stage 5 - Restoring your implant with an abutment and crown, abutments and bridge, or implant supported denture

After your dental implants have fully stabilized, Dr. Lemons will take an impression or digital scan to fabricate your permanent restoration. Typically, it takes a few weeks to fabricate your new abutment and crown, abutments and bridge, or implant supported dentures. You will then return for your delivery appointment and get your permanent restoration!


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Phone: (770) 965-2100
1235 Friendship Rd Ste 200
Braselton, GA, 30517