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Hamilton Family Dentistry
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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
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222 Chambless Ln Hamilton, GA 31811
(706) 641-0432

What are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

January 26th, 2022

If you have missing teeth, there are many options to help restore the function and appearance of your smile. Dental implants can be part of your restoration process by providing a stable foundation for your prosthetic replacement teeth. Every patient’s journey to a better smile looks different, so our team at Hamilton Family Dentistry can help guide you through the consultation process. Implants can be helpful for many patients with tooth loss. 

Getting to Know Dental Implants and How They Work

Dental implants can provide the support needed for your replacement teeth. Essentially, dental implants are titanium screws placed at the root of your tooth and are used to keep your replacement teeth secured to your jawbone. A strong connection is essential to restore the function of your smile long-term. Implants are an alternative for using the surrounding teeth for support, which can cause them to become weak. 

The Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Provide the Strongest Support Possible for Your Replacement Teeth–Modern technology has allowed us to use the strength of titanium to make replacement teeth secure and durable. 
  • Support Your Replacement Teeth Invisibly–Implants are hidden beneath your replacement teeth, so they are not noticeable at all. They are also comfortably placed, so you will not feel them either. 
  • Improve the Appearance of Your Smile–Filling in the missing teeth will dramatically improve your smile. Your smile will look natural and beautiful by using a convincing prosthetic tooth and a hidden implant. 
  • Support Bone Health and Growth–Implants play an important role in replacing the lost roots, preventing your jawbone from atrophy. Your bone mass can decrease over time without an implant acting in place of the missing root. During healing, your jawbone will accept the implant placed on a natural root with a process called osseointegration.  
  • Enjoy a Long-Lasting Solution–Dental implants can generally last a lifetime. The prosthetic tooth is not impervious to damage and wear, so it could need replacement after 10-15 years, but your dental implant can stay put during that repair. 

If you still have more questions about dental implants, such as “What is the average cost of dental implants?” or “How do I know if dental implants are a good fit for me?”, our dental staff would be happy to answer all of your questions during your consultation. Schedule your visit to Hamilton Family Dentistry today!

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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 are 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 hesitate 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?
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    We recommend patients visit our office two times each year for dental checkups.  These preventative visits are 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?
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    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?
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    We are happy to help patients during dental emergencies.  Don’t hesitate 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.

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