Advanced Dental Implants for a Fully Restored Smile

Dental implants are the most durable and realistic way to restore missing teeth. The small metal posts are placed during a simple surgery and are designed to replace lost tooth roots. After healing is complete, they can support a permanent, custom-designed restoration. Using the most advanced technology, Dr. Cheryl L. Cushman can place dental implants at our Lithia Springs, GA, practice during a procedure that is optimally precise. In this way, she can minimize your risk of complications and maximize your long-term satisfaction. As a periodontist, Dr. Cushman also performs preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting and sinus lifts

Periodontists are one of two surgical specialists in dentistry. With this experience and training, Dr. Cushman can perform a safe, accurate procedure with negligible risks.

How Can Dental Implants Repair Your Smile?

Unlike traditional restorations, dental implants will actually take the place of your natural tooth roots. Made of biocompatible titanium, the posts will integrate with your bone tissue, becoming permanently fixed in your mouth. Once you have healed, Dr. Cushman will attach your custom-crafted restoration. In some cases, she can even affix a restoration on the same day as your surgery. A single post can secure a dental crown. You could also receive multiple implants to support a bridge or denture.

Preparatory Procedures

Before your implant surgery, Dr. Cushman will create images of your jaw using our Kodak Cone Beam 3D System by Carestream. These digital images will be extremely sharp, allowing Dr. Cushman to plan and implement a precise surgical guide.

First, she will look for indications of bone recession. Bone degeneration is a common effect of tooth loss, and it can impact your ability to receive dental implants. Fortunately, however, Dr. Cushman can also perform bone grafts, sinus lifts, and ridge augmentation if necessary. Using a sample of your own bone or donated tissue, she will build up the structure of your jaw and create a strong support for your implants.

Implant Placement and Restoration

After you have healed from any preparatory procedures, Dr. Cushman will place the implant or implants. Although she will completely numb your gums and jaw, we also offer sedation options. Once you are comfortable, she will place implants in the jaw through small incisions in your gums.

Periodontists are one of two surgical specialists in dentistry. With this experience and training, Dr. Cushman can perform a safe, accurate procedure with negligible risks.

Illustration of implant-supported crown and jaw

When your implants have fully fused with the surrounding jawbone, Dr. Cushman will attach your custom-made restoration. We work with a trusted dental lab that produces high-quality, lifelike restorations. Along with the lab team, Dr. Cushman will make sure that your crown, bridge, or denture is virtually identical to your natural teeth.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are considering dental implants, it is important that you have strong and dense enough bone tissue for the posts. Fortunately, with her advanced training in bone graft procedures, Dr. Cushman can usually restore candidacy, even in cases of severe bone recession. In addition, she will consider your overall oral and physical health. Untreated gum disease can compromise your ability to receive implants. An autoimmune disease, blood disorder, or compromised immune system can also affect your candidacy.

Why Choose Implants?

If you qualify for implants, there are several important reasons to consider this advanced restorative option:

  • Implants are firmly fixed in place, so your restoration will never slip or move in your mouth. You will feel confident when smiling and speaking, and you can enjoy all your favorite foods.
  • Implant-supported restorations look highly realistic, since they rest snugly against the gum line.
  • With proper care, dental implants can last the rest of your life. It is also easy to maintain them, and you will simply need to maintain regular dental care.
  • Implant posts will stimulate bone regeneration. In this way, they can prevent bone loss, preserve the natural structure of your jaw, and reduce your risk for further tooth loss.

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Implants are widely considered the gold standard in restorative dentistry. To learn more about your candidacy for treatment, the cost of treatment, and other aspects of dental implants, contact our office today.

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