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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
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How Do Dental Implants in Hamilton Function Inside the Body?

March 4th, 2021

It would take years of research, as well as trial and error before dentists could begin using dental implants on a regular basis. Today, dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement available. If you’re missing teeth, you’re probably wondering why so many dentists promote their use. You also may have many questions about their reliability and function. Today, your dentist will be explaining exactly that.

From placement to osseointegration to biocompatibility, dental implants in Hamilton offer patients everything they need to maintain a healthy smile and mouth for life.

The Osseointegration Process

If you were to place pressure on your natural teeth, you may notice that there’s a small amount of movement that occurs. This is possible thanks to the periodontal ligament, a fibrous connective tissue that connects the alveolar bone and the cementum, which covers the root. All these parts help keep the tooth inside the gums.

However, when a tooth is lost and replaced with a dental implant, that periodontal ligament is lost. This results in a much sturdier fit because of how the implant has integrated with the body. When an implant is placed, it undergoes a process known as osseointegration. During this process, the implant bonds with the body’s natural bone, offering a stronger hold than what a ligament can provide.

Of course, this is not the only way the implants function with the body’s organic material.

How Implants Stay Healthy After Placement

All implants are made from either titanium or zirconia, which are both considered to be biocompatible. Biocompatible simply means that the material is not harmful to organic tissue or bone, and therefore can be placed in the body without worry of rejection. In the past, the main cause of dental implant failure was the body rejecting the implant after placement. Thanks to modern research, we now know that both these materials can be utilized for many types of implant surgery, not only dental implants.

With this in mind, patients still need to maintain a strict oral care routine so the gums are healthy. Healthy gums and having sufficient bone volume are both extremely important factors for successful implant placement.

A Truly Exceptional Solution for Replacing Natural Teeth

Because of this integration, dental implants not only look natural, but feel natural as well. This makes daily tasks like chewing your favorite foods feel indistinguishable from existing teeth. As a bonus, the implant-retained crown that connects to the implant is made from nonorganic material, meaning it cannot develop decay like natural teeth. This crown is typically made from porcelain.

If you want a tooth replacement with the potential to last a lifetime, schedule a consultation with your dentist in Hamilton today!

About the Author

Dr. Alan Arrington earned his dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Afterwards, he completed 150 hours of additional training in the most essential techniques for successful dental implant treatment, including bone grafting, implant placement, and implant restoration. He’s also currently a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. To learn more about his practice, contact him through his website.

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FAQ

  • 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.