Dental Implants — Dunwoody, GA
Implant Dentistry Can Rebuild Your Complete Smile
If you are missing teeth because of an accident, injury, disease, or extraction, dental implants in Dunwoody offer a replacement option that closely mimics nature's design. Dental implants are a solid, permanent, and esthetically pleasing alternative to traditional bridges, crowns, and dentures. If you’re ready to rebuild your missing teeth and get the healthy, confident smile you deserve, dental implants might be right for you. Dr. Jeff Rodgers or Dr. Meredith Hughes can discuss implant dentistry options with you and suggest a treatment plan during your one-on-one consultation, so don’t hesitate to give us a call today!
Why Choose Dr. Jeff Rodgers For Dental Implants?
- Entire Dental Implant Treatment Completed Under One Roof
- Dr. Rodgers Is a Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Flexible Dental Financing Options Available Through CareCredit
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that’s placed into an empty socket where a natural tooth is missing. The jawbone naturally bonds to the implant, forming a secure foundation onto which a new crown, bridge, or denture can be attached. This essentially replaces the roots of the missing tooth, which is something that other tooth replacement options can’t do. Dentures and dental bridges only replace the visible portion of missing teeth, leaving them far less functional and comfortable than the real thing. On the other hand, dental implants rebuild the entire structure of a missing tooth, making them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth in every way.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because dental implants replace an entire tooth, they offer a number of advantages compared to traditional restorations:
- Their stability means that patients never have to worry about their new teeth slipping or shifting while they eat or speak.
- Dental implants don’t have unnatural-looking metal or acrylic attachments needed to keep them in place. They sit within the gum line just like real teeth, so they look just like real teeth as well!
- It’s common for the jawbone to shrink after tooth loss, which can erode the foundation of the remaining teeth and also make a person appear much older than they really are. Implants, however, can stop this and even encourage the growth of new, healthy bone exactly where it’s needed.
- Thanks to their longevity, implants are a smart investment for any patient, helping them save thousands on periodic maintenance compared to traditional bridges and dentures.
- Perfectly healthy teeth must be reshaped in order to place a traditional bridge, and removable dentures can cause gum sores over time. Dental implants bypass both of these issues entirely thanks to their foundation in the jawbone.
- With minimal maintenance, a dental implant can be trusted to last for about 30 years or more.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Whether you are missing a single tooth, all of them, or a number in between, Dr. Rodgers or Dr. Hughes can use dental implants to give you a renewed smile. After performing an exam to make sure your mouth and jawbone are healthy enough to support the new roots, they can design a custom treatment plan for you depending on how many teeth you’re missing.
Missing 1 Tooth
An all-porcelain dental crown affixed to a dental implant can be fitted between two healthy teeth without disturbing them at all. This is much less invasive compared to a bridge, in which the nearby teeth have to be cut down to hold the prosthetic.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Implant crowns like those mentioned above can also be attached to multiple prosthetic teeth that sit on the gums to create a bridge. Implant bridges provide an extremely natural looking restoration that has a much stronger fit and lasts longer than traditional ones.
Missing All Teeth
Dental implants are extremely versatile and can even be used to anchor a full denture. Using multiple posts, they can support a prosthetic that has a number of advantages over traditional ones. They maintain their fit for longer, support your jawbone internally just like natural teeth, and they even allow for a much stronger bite force. This means a patient will be able to enjoy a wider variety of foods without worrying about their dentures popping, clicking, or slipping.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Once a patient becomes interested in getting dental implants to replace their missing teeth, one of their first questions is inevitably, “How much do they cost?” Dr. Jeff Rodgers and Dr. Meredith Hughes want their patients to have all the information they need before deciding on a treatment. Every dental implant treatment is unique, because in order for them to be as effective as possible, implants have to be personalized based on a patient’s unique situation. They take into account factors like how many teeth someone is missing, where they are located in the mouth, and the condition of their jawbone. Because of this, the overall price of the procedure is always different. If you want to know exactly what you’ll be expected to pay for implants, we’re happy to tell you, but Dr. Rodgers or Dr. Hughes needs to give you an exam first, so contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Types of Dental Implants
The most important factor when it comes to the cost of dental implants is what kind/how many are needed to fully restore a patient’s smile. Someone getting a single implant topped with a crown will likely pay much less compared to a person who needs multiple implants to support a full denture, for example. Every patient’s situation is different when it comes to tooth loss, so there really is no “fixed” price for implants. The number of implant roots, the type of restoration a patient wants, and where the new teeth will be located will all influence the final price (implants located towards the front of the mouth tend to cost more because there is less bone to support the new roots, making the placement procedure more complicated).
Stages of Dental Implant Treatment
The dental implant process is typically completed in two main phases: placement, in which the artificial roots are surgically positioned within the jawbone, and restoration, where the new teeth are attached to the roots. Each procedure incurs a unique cost that can vary from patient to patient depending on the number of implants and the health of their jawbone. Also, some patients may need to undergo preparatory procedures before starting the implant process, such as periodontal therapy, tooth extractions, or a bone graft to strengthen the jaw, which will add to the overall cost.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
On average, dental implants tend to be more expensive than other traditional replacements, but if you talk to patients who already have them, they will tell you they are certainly worth it. In addition to offering superior aesthetics and function compared to removable bridges and dentures, implants are also designed to last for decades. In fact, most implant patients end up saving money overall because their new teeth only require minimal maintenance in order to keep working like new, while regular prosthetics typically have to be replaced every five to seven years, compounding their initial lower cost.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
In most cases, dental insurance cannot be used to cover the placement or restoration of dental implants, but most plans will provide benefits for procedures associated with them (like periodontal therapy, the initial consultation, X-rays, sedation, etc.). To make it easier for our patients to afford their new teeth, our practice is happy to offer flexible financing through CareCredit. With one of their plans, a patient can break up the cost of their implants into smaller, more budget-friendly chunks, often with little to no interest!
In short, the only way to get a true estimate of what you’ll be expected to pay for implants is to come see Dr. Rodgers or Dr. Hughes for an in-person consultation. They’ll examine your mouth, take some X-rays, and then they will be able to outline what your implant process will be like, including the cost. From there, you’ll have all the information you need before proceeding. Dr. Rodgers and Dr. Hughes have already used implants to rebuild countless smiles in Dunwoody and beyond, so they invite you to come see them so they can start doing the same for you.
Dental Implant FAQs
There’s a lot of information to take in when learning about dental implants, so we’re sure you have a few questions about them. And we’re more than happy to answer! Below, you’ll find our responses to some of the most common implant-related questions we receive every day. If you’d like to ask about something that we haven’t covered here, feel free to give us a call any time!
How Long Does It Take To Get Dental Implants?
The timeline for dental implants can vary quite a bit from patient to patient depending on their particular situation. For example, replacing just one tooth with an implant for a patient who has a healthy jawbone may just take 3-6 months, while a case involving multiple implants and a full denture might take closer to a year. Dr. Rodgers or Dr. Hughes can give you a much more definitive timeline once you come to see him for an in-person consultation.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
Fortunately, no! Thanks to modern techniques and local anesthetic, most implant patients describe feeling a little pressure during the placement procedure, but no pain. A little tenderness and swelling in the treatment area are common afterward, but these symptoms are usually minor and can be adequately managed with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen.
Can I Get Dental Implants If I Smoke?
Yes, but you’ll be asked to stop smoking a few weeks before and after the procedure to ensure your mouth is healthy enough for the placement surgery and that healing goes quickly. Smoking dramatically increases the risk that a dental implant will fail, both in the short-term and long-term, so it’s best if a patient quits tobacco altogether. We know this is easier said than done, and we can offer resources to make this process as stress-free as possible!
Are Their Age Restrictions for Getting Dental Implants?
While we generally will not recommend dental implants for patients who are still growing (i.e. children and teens), there is actually no upper age limit for dental implants. As long as someone’s gums, jawbone, and overall health are in decent shape, then they are a viable candidate to get dental implants.
Will I Need a Bone Graft Before Getting Dental Implants?
Many patients need to undergo a procedure called a bone graft before they can safely get dental implants. This involves building up and strengthening the jawbone so it will be able to adequately support the new tooth roots. When you meet Dr. Rodgers or Dr. Hughes for a consultation, we will give you a comprehensive exam and take some X-rays. With this information, they'll be able to tell whether or not you need a bone graft.