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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
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5 Factors to Consider Before Choosing the Dental Implant Process

March 4th, 2021

No longer are patients with missing teeth relegated to only one option to replace them: the fabrication of an above-gum restoration. With dental implants in Hamilton, there is now a way to replace the entire tooth structure in a lasting and attractive manner. While there is no denying the fact that the dental implant process is the “crème de la crème” of tooth replacement, there are 5 key factors you should consider before moving forward. Find out what they are as you continue reading.

#1 – The Dental Implant Process Requires a Surgery

A dental implant is a titanium post that, unlike any other form of tooth replacement, is surgically-inserted beneath the gum line. If you’re uneasy about undergoing surgery, you can take comfort in knowing that the dental implant process has a 95% success rate. Even better, the entire insertion process is painless.

#2 – You Must Have Excellent Oral Health

Before the dental implant process takes place, a dentist will first perform a thorough examination to make sure your oral health is sufficient. If there is any bacteria growth or other issues, they will have to be addressed before an implant can be inserted.

#3 – It Takes Some Time to Recover

So you can plan accordingly, you should know that after the initial placement of a dental implant, it can typically take up to six months for the titanium post to fuse with the underlying bone through a process called osseointegration. This will also allow time for your jaw and gums to heal.

Once this leg of the journey is complete, your dentist can place abutments, which are also made from titanium. Then, after the final restoration has been fabricated, it can be permanently placed.

#4 – Dental Insurance Likely Won’t Cover the Cost

In most cases, dental insurance won’t cover the cost of dental implant placement. However, the available benefits may be applied toward any restorative care needed or the placement of the final restoration.

#5 – There Must be Enough Healthy Bone Present

Because a dental implant is reliant upon your existing jawbone to seat properly, as part of the initial visit with your dentist, he or she will assess the amount of viable jawbone that is present. If you have enough, then you can move forward with the treatment.

However, if you have an insufficient amount of jawbone, the dentist may recommend a bone grafting procedure to build up the treatment area. Once you have a strong foundation of bone material available, you can move forward with having your missing teeth replaced.

The easiest way to learn more about the dental implant process and to determine your eligibility is to visit an implant dentist in Hamilton. Therefore, you can know where you stand and feel more comfortable about the procedure. A revamped and functional smile await you!

About the Author

Dr. Alan Arrington earned his dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He has since undergone over 150 hours of continuing education, which includes advanced training in bone grafting, implant placement and implant restoration. Dr. Arrington restores smiles at Hamilton Family Dentistry, and he can be reached for more information through his website.

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  • How often should I visit your office?

    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?

    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?

    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?

    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?

    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?

    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?

    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.
  • How often should I visit your office?
    image description
    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits arte the standard in care as set forth by the American Dental Association and this is typically frequent enough to prevent most oral health concerns and diagnose others in the earliest stages.
  • What is periodontal disease?
    image description
    Gum (periodontal) disease is a common oral health concern that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup irritates gum tissue and breaks down soft tissue and supportive jawbone structure leading to a number of oral health concerns.  We offer a variety of periodontal therapy options to renew oral health for patients suffering from gum disease.
  • Can I call you during dental emergencies?
    image description
    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t heistate to contact us right away.  We provide same day appointments whenever possible and are happy to walk you through first aid and pain management over the phone.
  • Can I bring my kids to Hamilton Family Dentistry?
    image description
    Absolutely.  We’re happy to provide pediatric dental care for young patients and we offer a variety of treatments specifically geared toward patients with growing smiles.
  • I get nervous at the dentist. What can you do to help?
    image description
    In addition to treating each patient with the level of kindness and compassion they deserve, we also offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to help patients stay relaxed and pain free from the moment they arrive.
  • How will I know if I have a root canal infection?
    image description
    The doctor will need to examine your tooth to find out for sure, but contact us right away if you experience any of the following common warning signs of root canal infection:
    • Severe toothache
    • Sensitivity to changes in temperature
    • Discoloration of a single tooth
    • Infection in the gums around a tooth
  • Do you offer financing plans?
    image description
    We are happy to work with qualified patients to find low or no interest payment plans through two third party dentistry financiers, CareCredit and Lending Club.  Please ask us if you qualify for our financing options at your next appointment.