Dental Implants in Atlanta
Dental Implants Look and Feel Like Natural Teeth!
A dental implant is commonly made of titanium and replaces the root of a missing tooth. Replacement teeth are then placed on the implant to provide a natural, durable and aesthetic replacement for your missing tooth or teeth.
The entire procedure in the comfort of our office
All aspects of your dental implant treatment—from your very first consultation to the final placement of your implant tooth crown—will be done here in our office. We won’t send you somewhere else to get X-rays, have a CT Scan or get your surgery done. From our high-tech 3D X-rays to the latest in Guided Implant Surgery, we do everything you need right here at the Atlanta Dental Center. Even your implant crowns are prepared in our in-house, high-tech lab. This makes it easy for us to adjust your crown so that it fits perfectly and matches your smile exactly.
The first step is to get a complete examination by Dr. Lee or Dr. Schmidt to determine whether dental implants are the best way to replace your missing tooth or teeth. We will then prepare a treatment plan to cover all aspects of the procedures necessary to restore your mouth to full health and function.
Dr. Lee and Dr. Schmidt have completed advanced training courses in Implant Dentistry and have the experience and skill to perform every step of your dental implant treatment.
Dental Implant Evaluation
Get a smile evaluation with Dr. Lee or Dr. Schmidt
The first step toward getting your implants is a Dental Implant Evaluation and Consultation with one of our doctors.
- Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants
- Comprehensive oral exam
- Necessary X-rays
- Cone Beam 3D imaging as needed
- Discuss your treatment options
- Get any questions answered
For only $50. (A $449 value!)
To make an appointment, call (404) 800‑1442 or click here to request an appointment online.
New Teeth in One Day
Whether it’s one tooth or multiple teeth that are missing, with our modern technology we are able to extract teeth (as needed), place implants and a new tooth or teeth in the same day. We can replace teeth with one implant per tooth, or, for multiple teeth, with a combination of implants and dental bridges or dentures.
Our Dental Implant Procedure
3D pre-planning = minimally invasive
We use a cone beam CT scanner to take 3D digital X-rays of your teeth and jaw in order to precisely plan the implant surgery. The cone beam CT scanner sends out a cone of very low-dosage X-rays to capture a 360° view of the entire jaw. “In my 3D software, I can see the exact location of the nerves and teeth, and I can measure bone volume and depth,” says Dr. Vazquez.
Planning the case with precision
Next, we use the digital X-ray images to plan the implant procedure. Instead of the exploratory method of cutting open the jawbone, we use this virtual technology to pre-plan the surgery. “As a result, the surgery is smooth and accurate. This means little to no bleeding, swelling or post-treatment discomfort in most cases,” says Dr. Vazquez.
With the 3D pre-planning system, we can plan the exact location and angle of the implant placement, making the best use of available bone.
When appropriate, we create a special surgical guide that is placed over the gum to guide the implants into their pre-determined position. The surgical guide ensures that the implant is placed at the exact angle and depth that is required for the optimum positioning of the implant.
Piezo electric handpiece
We use the Piezo ultrasonic handpiece as an alternative to the conventional scalpel. This device offers more precise and gentle cutting when needed for difficult procedures, including complicated extractions and bone augmentations. This high-speed device also reduces the amount of time required to sit in the dental chair.
We will often use a centrifuge to create plasma rich in growth factors made from the patient’s own blood platelets, which can greatly increase the rate of healing.
Periodontist Dr. Robert Vazquez
Our periodontist Dr. Robert Vazquez was specifically selected for his level of proficiency and his skill as an implant dentist. He is our senior implantologist. Dr. Vazquez has been practicing periodontics for 14 years and has placed hundreds of dental implants.
Minimally invasive, precision implant surgery
With Dr. Vazquez, our dental implant patients can be assured of receiving implant surgery that is accurate, lasting and comfortable. Dr. Vazquez has a great deal of experience in all dental implant procedures, including the New Teeth in One Day technique. He is experienced in all aspects of full-mouth reconstruction using dental implants to support dentures or dental bridges.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Not only does a dental implant fill unsightly gaps in a smile, they are also important to deter bone loss which will occur when a tooth is lost. The titanium post fuses with the bone, preventing it from dissolving.
Fixed bridges and removable dentures are not the perfect solution to missing teeth and often bring with them a number of problems. They only provide 10 to 15 percent of the chewing power of natural teeth, making it more difficult to enjoy many foods.
When teeth are lost, the bone which held the roots of the teeth starts to dissolve. Removable dentures — which use this bone for support — may slip or cause sores on the gums because the dentures will not be stable.
Fixed bridges often require the preparation of adjacent healthy teeth. Decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years, compared to the average 25-year life span for dental implants.
Prevent bone loss
When a tooth is missing the bone in the jaw begins to deteriorate. This happens when the bone loses the required stimulation of the tooth root. The constant pressure of chewing actually helps to maintain jawbone density, and once a tooth is lost, the bone in the jaw is no longer getting that stimulation. Dental implants provide the jawbone with the proper stimulation for healthy bone preservation.
Natural-looking, feeling and functioning teeth
As soon as we place an implant, most patients are surprised that they can’t tell the difference between the implanted tooth and their natural teeth. Once it has integrated fully with the jawbone, you can eat all your favorite foods with the same chewing power as natural teeth. Another benefit is that dental implants are easy to maintain, and brushing and flossing is as simple as cleaning natural teeth.
While a bridge typically requires the grinding down, or “preparation,” of two adjacent teeth (often healthy teeth), dental implants are placed without damaging any other teeth. Most people choose to have a dental bridge versus implants because they want to avoid bone grafting or surgery. However, bridges are not nearly as reliable or conservative of your oral health and other teeth over long periods of time.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium, which is a non-corrosive metal that is harmless to your body. However, dental implants still require regular hygiene care and you need to receive regular teeth cleanings.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant. Some people who have lost bone in their jaw can still get implants, but the bone must first be rebuilt using special bone-grafting procedures.
If your bone structure is adequate and bone-grafting is not required, the permanent dental implant, post and tooth restoration can be placed in one visit.
People who are currently wearing partial or full dentures can replace these with dental implants, or use implants to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.
People who are not good candidates for dental implants include:
- Young patients whose jawbones have not fully developed
- Pregnant women
- People with existing medical conditions—If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.
- Patients who take certain medications such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system
Experienced and knowledgeable implant dentistry
With modern technology and Dr. Lee’s and Dr. Schmidt’s expertise, practically anyone can take advantage of dental implants and replace their missing teeth permanently.
Dental Implant Patient Testimonials
“I came to Dr. Vazquez as I had a cracked tooth and was in pain. He replaced the tooth with an implant. The treatment was very easy, just the initial shots to get numb was all I felt.
“Dr. Vazquez is very knowledgeable in his field and he knows the latest up-to-date techniques with implants. I place my trust in him with all my treatments. My experience was great and if I ever need another dental implant, Dr. Vazquez will be the first dentist I call.
“The benefit of getting my implant is that I was able to replace my molar so that I could retain my chewing ability with my back teeth, which will be important as I get older. I feel confident that the treatment was done in the best possible way.”
“When I came to Atlanta Dental Center I had multiple missing and broken teeth. On the day of the implant procedure, Dr. Lee and Dr. Vazquez explained what was going to occur and throughout the procedure they frequently checked to make sure I was comfortable. The procedure was painless and I walked out of the office with a bright new smile.
“Interrelating with Atlanta Dental staff is like visiting your favorite family members. Everyone recognizes you and addresses you with respect and a caring attitude.
“Dr. Lee and Dr. Vazquez made my dental experience really enjoyable. I never thought I would live to see the day that I would look forward to a dentist visit. From the time you enter the dental office the atmosphere is so calming and you feel truly welcomed by the receptionist. Your appointment time is nearly exact.
“As a result of my implants I have increased self-esteem and confidence. Now I really enjoy public speaking!”
“I needed to replace three teeth and was told that the best way to go would be with dental implants. At first I thought, ‘They’re going to drill into my jaw bone.’ But it was so precise that it ended up being a quick and very comfortable procedure. The doctors showed me this wonderful technology to place the implants in my jaw in exactly the right position so that the tooth was supported and held in place. I could see all of this on the computer screen. The technology made me feel comfortable with the process because I could see what was going to happen before I even started the procedure. There is such precision with which they line things up and that made me feel comfortable and safe.”
To make an appointment, call (404) 800‑1442 or click here to request an appointment online.