Each year, up to three million Americans get dental implants to replace their missing permanent teeth. At Village Dental in Richmond Hill, Georgia, experienced general and cosmetic dentist Nils Anderson, DDS, has years of experience placing and restoring dental implants. If you’ve lost permanent teeth due to trauma or extraction, request a consultation by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.
Dental implants are small metal posts that Dr. Anderson puts into the empty sockets where your permanent teeth used to be. The implants integrate with your bone over time, providing a sturdy foundation for a dental restoration, like a crown or implant-supported dentures.
Consider dental implants if you’ve lost one, a few, or all of your permanent teeth and want to restore your smile with something other than dentures or a bridge.
Dental implants offer many benefits, including:
Since dental implants fuse with your jaw, they don’t move out of position like dentures. What’s more, they enhance your biting and chewing abilities.
At Village Dental, getting dental implants takes at least three visits.
Dr. Anderson performs an oral exam and takes a series of digital X-rays to assess the health of your gums and jaw. If there’s no sign of gum disease and you have enough bone to support the implants, you qualify for treatment.
Dr. Anderson numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and inserts one or a series of posts into your empty tooth sockets — it depends on how many missing teeth you are replacing with a dental implant. After the placement procedure, he moves you to a recovery room and prescribes pain medication and antibiotics.
Several months later, when the implant(s) finishes fusing with your jaw, you return to Village Dental. Dr. Anderson takes digital impressions of your mouth and sends them to a nearby dental lab. Techs at the lab use your impressions to design a custom restoration, like a crown or implant-retained dentures.
When the lab finishes your implant restoration, you visit Village Dental for the last time. Dr. Anderson attaches your crown or implant-retained dentures to the implant, polishes your teeth, and provides care instructions.
If you want to keep your dental implants in optimal condition, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene.
Dr. Anderson recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, visiting Village Dental every six months for preventive care, and protecting your implants with a mouthguard if you play contact sports. By following these steps, your dental implants may last a lifetime.
To learn more about dental implants, request a consultation at Village Dental by calling the office or booking online today.