Your Albany, GA. Dental Implants Dentists


dental implants Albany GaMissing teeth can affect the way a person eats, speaks, and looks. They can also compromise a person’s overall oral health, resulting in increased pressure on surrounding teeth and allowing the supporting bone structure to deteriorate. Additionally, many people find that traditional crowns and bridges not only are uncomfortable and limiting, but also do not provide the permanent function they desire from replacement teeth. Dr. Clark performs dental implant surgery right here at Longleaf Dental. With dental implant surgery, patients can achieve functional tooth restorations that last.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.


Implants and dentures

The loss of all your teeth can be a crippling situation. Traditionally, removable dentures have been placed. However, most people with dentures are unhappy with them. Removable dentures move around when you eat, they can interfere with your speech, and they can come out at the wrong times. They can pinch or rub your gums and cause very uncomfortable sore spots. But the worst problem they cause is collapse of the face. Once all your teeth are gone, your body senses that loss and redistributes the minerals from your jawbones to other parts of your body. This gradual shrinking of your jawbone, over enough of a span of years, will make you a dental cripple.

Dental implants can restore your mouth to normal function. There are two basic options for dental implants in this situation: You can have a number of implants placed and fixed crown and bridge work on the implants or, you can have a complete denture placed over the implants. Anywhere from two implants on up, depending on your budget, can be placed. Drs. Singleton and Clark will work with you, whatever your budget is, to give you treatment that will help you function and protect your health for the long term.

Within this last option, you could have an implant overdenture. This option is preferable because it is the same cost but is more secure and comfortable. There are also various hybrid and fixed-retrievable options you can choose Implant-retained overdenture.


Bridge Implant

A bridge requires that the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth are ground down and crowns placed on them.

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After Dental Implant Surgery

Following dental implant surgery, patients should refrain from spitting, rinsing, and touching their mouth for at least a day to avoid aggravating the treated area. Patients may notice blood in their saliva for approximately 24 hours after surgery, but biting on gauze pads should relieve any bleeding. Swelling and pain can be treated with ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers. A diet of soft foods and liquids is advised on the day of surgery, but patients may resume eating solid foods as soon as they feel comfortable doing so.

It is important to take any prescribed antibiotics to avoid infection in the surgical site. Additionally, patients should use the prescribed oral rinse twice daily, as well as warm saltwater rinses (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) four to five times each day. Patients should have no trouble brushing their teeth gently with the new abutments in place. As with any surgery, physical activity should be limited immediately following the procedure. Partial or full dentures may be worn after 10 days of healing.

Learn More about Dental Implant Surgery

Dr. Singleton and Dr. Clark takes pride in helping patients achieve functional, comfortable replacement teeth. They will be happy to meet with you for a consultation on what wonderful results you can achieve with implant dentistry. Contact us today at Longleaf Dental to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at 229-432-6751. We look forward to helping you with all of your dental needs.