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Marietta Dentist Answers Common Questions about Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a type of tooth replacement. Unlike others such as dentures or a fixed bridge, a dental implant replaces both the crown and root of a missing tooth. Each implant is comprised of three parts: the titanium post that is embedded in the jawbone, an abutment and a dental crown, bridge or denture.

Are there different kinds of dental implants?

Yes. Dr. Thornton offers both standard dental implants as well as All-On-4. These combine the security of implants with the aesthetics of lifelike dentures. With All-On-4, Dr. Thornton angles four somewhat small implants in your jaw; the angle takes advantage of the greatest bone density. Then, custom designed dentures are attached to the implants.

Is Having Implants Painful?

No, not at all. Dr. Thornton will administer a local anesthetic to the site, so at most you might feel a little pressure during your procedure.

Will I need sedation, too?

Not necessarily, although you may certainly opt to have sedation dentistry if you prefer. Dr. Thornton offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation.

Do I need to see an implant specialist?

Dr. Thornton is a Fellow of the Congress of Oral Implantologists. As such, she has received additional training in order to expertly place dental implants. In addition, she stays abreast of the latest developments in implantology so she can offer her patients the latest treatments and techniques in the field.

Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?

You are qualified candidate for dental implants if you are in overall good health and are willing to maintain your oral health after receiving implants. In addition, smoking can inhibit the healing process after you’ve had implants placed so cigarettes, cigars and pipes are discouraged.

How Do I Care for My Implants?

Once your smile has been fully restored with dental implants, you’ll take care of your new teeth with brushing and flossing. Plaque can accumulate around tooth restorations as easily as natural teeth. Therefore, good oral hygiene is essential. Neglecting your implants may lead to failure, infection or the need to extract your implants.

How Long Do Implants Last?

With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, your dental implants can last a lifetime.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

On average, dental implants cost around $2,000. This is more than a bridge or denture. However, other tooth replacements often require adjustments and will likely need replacement eventually. With proper care, dental implants will not need to be adjusted or replaced.

Contact Us Today

If you have more questions about dental implants in Marietta, please call Thornton Dental Wellness. We love helping patients from Smyrna, Kennesaw, Mableton, Power Springs, Sandy Springs, and surrounding areas.