Dental team in Athens provides dental implants to ensure long-lasting results
Dental implants are the longest lasting tooth restorations in dentistry. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime. Dr. Brent Nail and our team at Athens Oconee Dentistry may recommend dental implants when patients are missing one tooth or several teeth. Patients who seek treatment often ask about the procedure. We are happy to explain.
Understanding the dental implant procedure
Dr. Nail coordinates treatment with dental specialists such as oral surgeons and periodontists to ensure optimal care. During the procedure, local anesthetic is used to numb the mouth. A highly specialized oral surgeon will gently place a titanium post into the jawbone. This serves as a tooth root.
During a process called Osseo integration, the bone will fuse to the implant. The duration of the healing process can vary. After the jawbone has healed, Dr. Nail will place a restoration such as a crown, denture, or bridge onto the implant to complete treatment.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene habits
Although dental implants are not subject to tooth decay like our natural teeth, there is still potential for gum inflammation. Therefore, it is critical to keep the surrounding tissues as healthy as possible. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing before bedtime will help keep your mouth clean and healthy.
Scheduling and keeping dental check-ups
We will need to ensure the surrounding gums and bone are healthy, which can involve periodic x-rays. We will also want to check the restoration to ensure it is secure and functioning properly. For these reasons, it is critical to make and keep dental checkups.
Are you suffering from tooth loss? If so, you may want to consider dental implants. Dr. Nail will be happy to explore your candidacy for treatment. Call the Athens Oconee Dentistry team at (706) 549-2440 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nail.