Implant Dentistry

Alpharetta Implant Dentist

What is Implant Dentistry?

For more than fifty years, dentists have been replacing missing teeth through the practice of implant dentistry. Implant dentistry is a special area of dentistry which utilizes dental implants as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. Today’s dental implants are made mainly of titanium and are used to support restoration work made to resemble your own natural teeth. Types of restoration work supported by dental implants can include both bridges and crowns. If you have one or more missing teeth and are not a candidate for removable dentures for a variety of reasons, dental implants may be the right option for you, provided you have enough existing bone to support the implant.

How do Dental Implants work?

The vast majority of dental implants used today are root-form endosseous implants. Root-form endosseous implants are built in the shape of your original tooth root. These dental implants are placed within your existing bone, just as your natural tooth root would be. A successful dental implant will integrate fully with the bone and function just as your natural teeth do, with the exception that they will feel slightly different when you chew based on the lack of a dental ligament attaching the implant to the bone. With proper aftercare, dental implants can last a lifetime. They also help support restorative dental work while placing less stress on your existing teeth than a traditional bridge.

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The American Dental Association has no special designation for Implant Dentistry and as such. A dentist may perform implant dentistry procedures on either an inpatient or outpatient basis. Based on the complexity and evasiveness of the dental implant procedure performed, your dentist may use various types of anesthesia administered by trained anesthesiologists, if necessary. There is no formal specialized training required in the United States for the practice implant dentistry. Most dental implant manufacturers do offer specialized hands on training in the use of their products. In addition, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry was formed in 1951 and offers extensive hands on training and accreditation programs for dentists who wish to specialize in this field.

AAID accredited practitioners of Implant Dentistry can be accredited at the Associate Fellow or Fellow level. Both levels of accreditation signify that the practitioner has successfully completed 300 hours of postdoctoral training specific to implant dentistry and passed a two part accreditation examination. In addition to these requirements, a dentist accredited by the AAID at the Fellow level must have completed an additional 100 hours of continuing education and have been in implant dentistry practice for at least five years.