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Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth

Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel
Welcome to Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta, where your oral health is our utmost priority. Under the skilled guidance of Drs. Aiken and Shessel, along with their dedicated team, we are committed to delivering comprehensive care, especially in the realm of dental implant services.
Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a state-of-the-art prosthetic aimed at not only replacing the visible segment of your tooth but its root as well, offering a total solution for those missing one or multiple teeth. Dental implants represent a powerful and refined option for tooth restoration, crafted to replicate your natural teeth’s appearance, sensation, and function. They promise a durable and effective fix for tooth loss, with each implant customized by the experts at Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta to cater to our patients’ unique dental requirements. This enhances both the beauty of their smiles and their overall oral health. If you’re contemplating how to address the gaps caused by missing teeth, dental implants from our clinic might just be the breakthrough you’re looking for.

What Are Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

The Anatomy of a Dental Implant

There are 3 parts to a dental implant:

  1. The implant itself is a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone and acts as a replacement for your missing tooth root.
  2. Once the implant has fully healed, a connector piece called an abutment is attached to the top of the implant by your restorative dentist. The dental implant abutment is what serves as a stable connector between the implant and the crown.
  3. The crown connects to the top of the abutment and is custom created to fit in your mouth just like a natural tooth.

Whether teeth have been lost due to periodontal disease, cavities, injury, or any other reason, dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement solution.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel
Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

The Dental Implants Procedure

A General Overview

Dental implant placement is typically preceded by a surgery to remove a tooth and add bone graft material. Once a tooth has been removed and the bone has been prepared, the placement of a dental implant usually involves a single surgical procedure, during which the implant is placed into the jawbone.

Most patients are pleasantly surprised to realize that dental implant surgery typically is associated with very little downtime or discomfort. It does typically take a few months for an implant to heal once it has been placed surgically.

The implant healing time is needed to allow for the bone to grow to the surface of the implant to provide long-term stability and to make it stable enough to support the tooth.

Sometimes, a bone graft or a gum graft procedure is necessary to ensure that an implant can be placed safely and predictably. These related procedures can occur either before, during, or after your implant is placed, depending on each patient’s needs.

Once your implant has healed and the implant has been deemed stable by our implant dentists, the dental implant crown is then fabricated in order to replace the missing tooth.

The Dental Implants Pre-Operative Overview & Procedure in Atlanta, GA

The Dental Implants Pre-Operative Overview & Procedure in Atlanta, GA

 

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Benefits of Dental Implants

Most Similar to Healthy, Natural Teeth

A dental implant fits into your mouth like any other natural tooth. In fact, many patients forget that they even have an implant. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are anchored solidly in to your jaw bone, allowing you to function as though your tooth was never missing. Like a natural tooth, you can floss around a dental implant.  Most importantly, dental implants do not require cutting down the adjacent teeth, which is necessary to make a dental bridge.

Dental Implants Benefits by Dr. Shessel

Dental Implants Benefits by Dr. Shessel

Easier Speaking, Eating, and Maintenance

With dental implants, you can enjoy chewing and biting into your favorite foods without worrying that they might slip or fall out like dentures. This also makes it easier to speak clearly and maintain the health of your surrounding teeth and bone — you can brush, floss, and care for them just like the rest of the teeth in your mouth!

Bridge Versus an Implant

Retain Natural Facial Aesthetics

Dental implant patients can smile confidently knowing that their teeth look and function just like their own natural, healthy teeth. They can also avoid the aging or sagging facial appearance that is common when missing teeth are not replaced.

Protects Healthy Teeth and Bone

With dental implants, there is no need to grind down healthy adjacent teeth to cement a bridge or rely on the strength of natural teeth to carry the burden of a dental bridge. They also keep adjacent teeth from shifting, a common occurrence when a tooth is missing for an extended period of time. Additionally, dental implants help prevent the jawbone deterioration that commonly occurs when teeth are lost.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants may be a great choice for you.

During your initial consultation, the dental implant surgeons at Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta will perform a thorough oral exam and review of your medical and dental history to make sure you’re a candidate for implants.

Additional X-rays may be taken, including 3D CT scanning, to further diagnose and plan treatment for your individual case.

If you are considering dental implants, you may need to take extra precaution if you meet one of the following descriptions:

  1. You smoke on a regular basis.
  2. You have a history of preexisting medical conditions.
  3. You have a history of periodontal disease or bone loss.
  4. You are under the age of 20.

The implants specialists at Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta has extensive experience and training in dental implant placement, and we are happy to share our expertise with you. If you think you may be a candidate for a dental implant and want to learn more about the procedure, we encourage you to visit our office for an initial implants consultation.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Computer-Guided Surgery

A dental implant surgical guide is a tool used during implant surgery to enhance the accuracy and precision of implant placement within the jawbone. It is a custom-made device designed based on digital treatment planning and diagnostic imaging, such as cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans and intraoral scans.

The guide is fabricated using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies. It consists of a custom made acrylic or resin material that fits securely over the patient’s teeth or jaws, providing stability and accuracy during the surgical procedure.

Here’s how a static dental implant surgical guide works:

  1. Digital Planning: Before the surgery, the oral surgeon performs digital treatment planning using specialized software. This involves analyzing the patient’s specific anatomy, determining the ideal implant positions and angles, and virtually placing the implants within the jawbone.
  2. Guide Fabrication: Based on the digital treatment plan, a custom surgical guide is designed and fabricated. The guide incorporates channels or sleeves that correspond to the planned implant positions and trajectories.
  3. Surgical Procedure: During the surgery, the static surgical guide is placed over the teeth accurately guiding the implant drills and ensuring precise placement of the implants according to the pre-determined plan. The guide prevents deviations from the planned implant positions and angles, improving the accuracy and predictability of the surgery.
  4. Implant Placement: Once the surgery sites are prepared, dental implants can be placed at the specified and predetermined positions and angles.

Dental implant surgical guides offer several advantages, including:

  • Improved Accuracy: The guide ensures precise implant placement according to the digital treatment plan, reducing the risk of errors and deviations during surgery.
  • Minimized Trauma: By guiding the drills and implants, the surgical guide helps minimize trauma to surrounding tissues and structures, oftentimes allowing our providers to place implants via enhanced minimally invasive techniques.
  • Enhanced Predictability: Static guides improve the predictability of implant surgery outcomes, leading to better functional and aesthetic results for the patient.

Overall, dental implant surgical guides are valuable tools that contribute to the success and efficiency in many of the dental implant procedures that we offer.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

We Want You to Be Comfortable During Your Appointments

Drs. Aiken and Shessel have been extensively trained to administer hospital-level anesthesia to make your appointments as comfortable as possible.

Our office offers multiple anesthetic options, including:
  1. Local Anesthesia. A numbing injection that is applied directly to the surgical site.
  2. Nitrous Oxide. This anesthesia option, also known as “laughing gas”, is used to calm and relax patients who elect to be awake during their procedure.
  3. General Anesthesia. Anesthesia is administered through an intravenous (IV) line, suppressing your consciousness and allowing you to “sleep” during the procedure.
Call Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta to schedule your dental implants consultation in Atlanta or Dunwoody, GA.
Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Where to Get Dental Implants in Atlanta & Dunwoody

Affiliated Procedures

Osteotome Sinus Lift with Implant Placement
Connective Tissue Graft
Crown Lengthening (Tooth Wear)