Today’s dental patients enjoy a range of tooth replacement options to suit their dental health needs, cosmetic goals and budget. Atlanta dentist Dr. Maria Benefield works with patients who have lost teeth to restore a functional and comfortable smile with dental implants for a permanent, natural looking and functioning solution.
Dental implants have become the “gold standard” for tooth replacement because of the important long term benefits they provide for dental health:
- 97% success rate (highest rate compared to other dental procedures)
- Prevents bone loss and gum recession
- Promotes a healthier diet with fresh foods
- Unlike bridgework requires no preparation to neighboring teeth
- Improves speech
- Improves comfort in denture wearing patients
Dental Implants: What To Expect
During an initial consultation, Dr. Benefield will perform a thorough dental exam and discuss your medical history to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental implants. A key requirement is sufficient healthy bone structure in the jaw to support the implant.
The dental implant process is multi step, beginning with impressions and the surgical placement of a tiny titanium post into the jaw bone. Dr. Benefield will coordinate this step with a local oral surgeon and follow up with you to ensure proper healing and a good result.
The healing time is generally 3-6 months, after which Dr. Benefield will restore your new implant with a custom dental crown. The final result will be a new, prosthetic tooth that will look and function much like your natural teeth and support lasting dental health.
Dental Implant Secured Dentures
For patients needing dentures to replace the upper or lower arch of teeth, Dr. Benefield often recommends the use of dental implants for a secure, comfortable result. Implant secured dentures, also known as “all-on-four” offer key benefits for patients when compared to traditional, removable appliances:
- A permanent, secure fit- no slippage or fear of dentures falling out
- Normal speech
- No dietary restrictions
- No daily maintenance or use of adhesives
Although dental implants may be more costly up front, the long term benefits often outweigh the financial concern and patients will enjoy their care-free, natural looking smile for years to come.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Benefield to discuss your options and learn more about dental implants. Contact our Sandy Springs office at (404) 445-1104 or use our online request form and we will contact you shortly.