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Dental Implants – Marietta, GA

Complete Your Smile Today!

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Have you tried replacing your teeth with a dental bridge or denture but were less than satisfied with the results? If so, we invite you to consider dental implants in Marietta, GA. This comprehensive solution rebuilds teeth from the root up, creating the next best thing to your natural smile. As a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Neely Thornton can perform every step of the dental implant process right here in our office. If you’re ready to enjoy replacement teeth that look and feel natural, contact Thornton Dental Wellness today to schedule a dental implant consultation!

Why Choose Thornton Dental Wellness for Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants Placed & Restored in One Convenient Location
  • Affordable Pricing & Flexible Dental Financing Options
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Technology Used

What Are Dental Implants?

dental implant post in the lower jaw

Dental implants are small, screw-shaped titanium posts that are surgically placed into the gums to recreate the lost roots of missing teeth. Once in place, they can be used to support any number of replacement teeth from a single dental crown to a full denture using a metal connector piece called an abutment. This three-part structure makes dental implants look, feel, and function more like your original teeth than any other solution. Additionally, they have the potential to last for a lifetime with the right care.

The Dental Implant Process

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Getting dental implants requires multiple procedures that can span the course of several months. However, this high-quality solution is 100% worth the wait. Also, while many other dental practices have to refer their patients to outside specialists for the surgical portions of the treatment, Dr. Neely can place and restore dental implants in-house. Although everyone’s treatment process is different, here are the basic steps you can expect:

How Are Dental Implants Placed?

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Dental implant placement is a relatively conservative surgical procedure. We begin by numbing the area to ensure safety and comfort. We may also use dental sedation to ensure your complete comfort and relaxation through this process. Then, we make a small incision in the gum tissue and insert the dental implant posts. Once in place, we attach a protective cap that will maintain gum shape while the implant site heals and the implant fuses to the gum and bone tissue. The entire surgical procedure may take an hour or longer. After your treatment, you will need to rest and relax for a day or two. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions following your implant placement procedure.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

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Thanks to advances in the materials used to craft dental implants and the innovative dentistry techniques and technologies, just about anyone can be a candidate for dental implants. The idea candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • Relatively good oral and overall health
  • Willingness to commit to the extensive and complex tooth replacement process
  • Adequate jawbone and gum tissue to support dental implants

What Happens After Dental Implant Placement?

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Once your dental implant posts are in place, the restoration process is not quite done. First, you’ll need to wait for several months as your smile undergoes an essential process called osseointegration. This is the process through which an implant fuses with the supportive bone and gum tissues, mimicking the lost tooth roots. Once the osseointegration process is complete, we’ll attach the abutment posts. Then, we design your dental crown, bridge, or denture. After we receive the final restoration, we affix them to the implant posts, recreating your flawless smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Surgically placing an implant post into your jawbone to serve as a new tooth root allows you to enjoy several benefits that are not possible with traditional options, including:

  • Replaces both the root and the crown.
  • Can last for several years with the right aftercare.
  • Over a 95% 10-year success rate.
  • Restore as much as 70% of your natural biting force.
  • Looks natural using all-ceramic crowns.
  • Doesn’t damage or alter any remaining natural teeth.
  • Preserves your jawbone’s density.
  • Supports your oral structures.
  • Improves your oral health.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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Your dentist in Marietta, Dr. Thornton, can use dental implants to treat all cases of tooth loss. Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch, she can help you regain a complete, functional smile.

Missing One Tooth

A titanium implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone to act as a new root. An abutment is connected to the post to attach a custom-made dental crown. It is crafted to match the appearance and size of your natural teeth to blend in when you smile.

Missing Multiple Teeth

As an alternative to a traditional bridge, one or two implant posts are used to anchor the prosthetics to your jawbone. Impressions of your mouth are used to design a dental bridge that meets your size, shape, and color needs. Since it is held in place using dental implants, there is no damage to your adjacent teeth.

Missing All Teeth

You can skip the slipping and irritation of a traditional denture using dental implants. A custom-made denture is secured to your jawbone using an average of four to six implant posts.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Some patients shy away from looking into getting dental implants because they hear that they come with a larger price tag. Even though that may be true, they’re a lifelong investment that countless patients who get them will agree that it’s well worth it. There are several factors that go into the cost of getting dental implants, which is why there’s no set price. Below, we’ve included some of the factors that can impact the overall cost of your treatment.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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If you’ve been missing teeth for a while, or your oral health isn’t in the best condition, you may require some preparatory procedures before you can undergo dental implant surgery. For example, if you have gum disease, we’ll want to treat the issue before your surgery, because it can increase your risk of dental implant failure. If you have sustained jawbone deterioration, you may require a bone graft beforehand.

Dr. Thornton, our implant dentist, has completed advanced education courses and is a member of The American Academy of Implant Dentistry as well as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. This allows her to conduct the entire treatment in-office, minimizing your costs and ensuring that you won’t need to travel to a specialist.  

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

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In addition to preparatory procedures, the materials that you choose to have your dental implants and restorations crafted from can also affect the cost. Just like when you buy a new car, there are different makes and models that offer a variety of unique benefits that you’ll need to choose from. Dr. Thornton will help walk you through these details in-depth during your initial consultation. Our team takes pride in offering transparent care, so feel free to ask us about any questions or concerns you may have!

Final Dental Implant Restoration

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The most noticeable and physically functional part of your dental implant, the restoration, is the final part of your treatment that will incur a cost. Depending on your needs, you may require a dental crown, bridge, partial, or full denture. Of course, the larger prosthetic you require, the more costly it will be. These can also be made from different materials, such as porcelain or ceramic.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Dental insurance plans typically don’t cover the cost of dental implants because they still consider them a “cosmetic” treatment. However, there are some exceptions that make it worthwhile to double-check and ask your insurance provider directly. At Thornton Dental Wellness, we’re proud to be in-network with most major PPO plans and are happy to help review the details of your benefits to make sure to minimize your out-of-pocket costs.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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Our team goes above and beyond to make sure that our patients have access to affordable and convenient dental care. Even if you think dental implants may be out of your budget, we still invite you to come in and talk with us! We’re happy to make sure to maximize your dental insurance coverage, and we also offer affordable financing through third-party, trusted financers, CareCredit and LendingPoint. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today to see how we can make restoring your smile affordable and easy.

Dental Implant FAQs

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The function and appearance of your smile are not only important for your quality of life but your confidence as well. Now, you have several options to replace your missing teeth; however, none produce the same benefits as dental implants. Choosing the right treatment can be a difficult decision. You are sure to have plenty of questions. To help you make the best choice for your smile, Dr. Thornton explains your treatment process and takes the time to answer your questions. She will help you make an educated decision for your oral health and your lifestyle. With the answers you need to your top questions about dental implants, you can rest assured you will make a wise investment in your smile.

Is getting dental implants painful?

No, it shouldn’t be. 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 for the dental implant procedure?

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 a dental 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 a 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 dental 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 dental implants last?

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