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By 1st Choice Dental Care
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantTooth loss can happen to anyone. Gum disease continues to be one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but accidents and trauma can also cause unexpected tooth loss. Missing teeth can ruin your smile, but they can also cause oral health problems down the road. The good news is that there are a number of options available to restore your smile and oral health. The dentists at 1st Choice Dental in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA, recommend dental implants for healthy adult patients who can commit to good oral hygiene practices and ongoing follow up dental care.

Get a Brand New Smile with Dental Implants in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA

Implants consist of the implant and a cosmetic crown. In order to qualify for implants, adults must be in good overall health, and have enough bone density in the gums to support the implant, which will fuse with the surrounding bone tissue after it is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth. The implant is a small titanium screw that acts as the root to which the crown is attached through an abutment.

Implants are the only restoration available that replaces the entire structure of a missing tooth from root to crown. In addition to making the crown more secure, implants help to prevent bone loss in the gums, which begins as soon as a tooth falls out. With good oral hygiene and follow up care, implants have a very high success rate and are designed to be a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth to an entire set of dentures for full tooth loss.

Find a Dentist in Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA

To learn more about dental implants and whether they are the right dental restoration option for you, contact 1st Choice Dental today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists by calling (678) 293-8773 in Kennesaw or Woodstock.


If you're considering dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, you'll need to undergo a minor to moderate surgical procedure (depending on the number of implants) to install them. Depending on your current health status and medical history, you may need antibiotics before or after the procedure to help ensure a successful outcome.

Although implants have a high success rate (over 95%), they can still fail — and bacterial infection is a major culprit. Installing implants requires surgically accessing the bone through the gum tissues; you may also need other invasive procedures like tooth extraction or bone or gum tissue grafting. These disruptions to the soft tissues can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream.

In certain individuals, this can increase infection risk not only around the implant but also in other parts of the body. You may be at higher risk, for example, if you have serious health problems like cardiovascular disease or diabetes, a weakened immune system, you use tobacco or you're over or under normal weight. The American Dental and American Heart Associations both recommend antibiotics before dental implant surgery as a preventive measure against infection if you have a prosthetic heart valve, a history of infective endocarditis, a heart transplant or some congenital heart conditions.

For other patients with low to moderate risk for infection, there's vigorous debate on administering antibiotics before implant surgery. There are some side effects to antibiotic use, ranging from diarrhea to allergic reactions, and an increased concern in general to the developing resistance of many infectious agents due to the prevalent use of antibiotics. Many dentists and physicians are becoming more discriminate in the patients for which they prescribe antibiotics before surgical procedures.

It really comes down, then, to your particular case: not only the specific procedures you need but also your general health. After weighing these factors against the possible benefits for protecting your health and improving your odds of a successful outcome, we'll recommend whether antibiotic treatment for implants is right for you.

If you would like more information on the role of antibiotics in dental procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By 1st Choice Dental Care
March 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you started avoiding mirrors since you lost a tooth? A noticeable gap in your smile can make you feel very self-conscious about the dental implantsway you look. Even gaps that aren't noticeable can affect your bite and your ability to chew. Luckily, dental implants can restore your missing tooth and help you feel better about your appearance. The dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw & Woodstock GA, discuss this innovative tooth restoration option.

What sets dental implants apart?

Other restoration options focus only on the visible part of teeth. Both bridges and dentures offer effective ways to replace teeth, but they don't address your missing tooth roots. Dental implants rebuild missing teeth, starting with the roots. Implants are tiny titanium posts that are added to your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. Just like your natural tooth roots, these replacement roots provide stability and allow you to easily eat tough or hard foods.

After you receive your implant, the titanium posts begins to bond to your jawbone. Once the bonding process is complete, a process that normally takes about three to six months, the post is firmly rooted to your jawbone. Adding a dental crown to the implant restores your appearance and makes eating a much more pleasant experience. Your dental crown is created using an impression of your mouth made in our Kennesaw & Woodstock office. Thanks to the impression, your newly created crown will look just like your natural teeth.

Why should I choose a dental implant?

Dental implants don't just improve your appearance but offer a few important advantages for your oral health. When you lose a tooth, the adjacent teeth may eventually begin to change position. If they overlap, both your bite and your appearance of your smile may be affected. Because overlapping teeth are much more difficult to clean, your risk of tooth decay may rise. Your new crown will prevent any change in the position of your other teeth and help you avoid these issues.

Dental implants may be small, but they have a big impact on your jawbone. The bottom of your implants presses on your jawbone, keeping it strong. Without that pressure, the bone may begin to shrink, which can lead to sagging muscles in the lower part of your face and the loosening or loss of teeth.

Restore and protect your smile with dental implants! Would like to find out if implants are a good choice for you? Call the dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw & Woodstock, GA, at (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment.

By 1st Choice Dental Care
August 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants can do so much for you and your smile. Dental implants replace missing teeth, complete your smile and restore normalDental Implants tooth functioning. Additionally, dental implants look completely natural so they blend in with the surrounding teeth. The dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock, Marietta, and Kennesaw, GA can help you decide if dental implants are right for you.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent option for replacing missing teeth and their roots. Dental implants consist of an implant, an abutment, and a crown. The metal implant, placed below the gum line, is anchored to the jaw bone and acts as the tooth root. Anchoring the implant to the jaw bone ensures it will remain in place permanently. The crown, usually made from a porcelain or ceramic material, is installed above the gums and replaces the missing tooth. The abutment connects the implant and crown. Your Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw dentist can install dental implants for you.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many benefits to selecting dental implants as your choice for replacement of missing teeth. The benefits of dental implants include:

  • Installation is permanent and they will not come loose or fall out.
  • There is no need to use messy adhesives daily to hold the implants in place.
  • They look completely natural and blend in with the surrounding teeth.
  • Normal biting and chewing functions are restored.
  • Regain a complete smile with no gaps from missing teeth.
  • Experience a boost in confidence with a full smile.

If you are missing some of your natural teeth, dental implants can do so much for you. Both your smile and normal tooth functioning can be restored. Your dentists at 1st Choice Dental Care can install dental implants for you. To schedule an appointment at one of the three locations in Kennesaw, Woodstock or Marietta, GA, call (678) 293-8773.

By 1st Choice Dental Care
February 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are specialty dental devices that help people who are struggling with missing teeth. They are growing in popularity and dental implantshave a very high success rate of 98.4 percent according to American Association of Endodontists. Patients of 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw, GA are often curious about a few details regarding these dental devices. Explore these frequently asked questions about tooth implants and their corresponding answers.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
These are a few of the most pertinent advantages of choosing dental implants over other solutions, like dentures:

  • With a firmly rooted tooth, there's no risk of it falling out when you’re talking or eating.
  • The tooth looks and feels just like your original teeth—very natural.
  • Your bone tissue stays strong and vigorous.
  • You’ll forget it’s there.
  • Overall increased self-esteem, confidence and comfort.

What Is the Process Like?
You can expect the process of getting a dental implant to take about three appointments. The first visit to your Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw dentist will be to review your X-rays. If you have ample bone tissue for the procedure, the implant will be inserted at the next appointment. The next visit is when you’ll receive your permanent crown. You should make time for a checkup a few weeks after the procedure is finished.

Can Dental Implants Replace a Row of Missing Teeth?
A device called an implant-supported denture can be created that will replace an entire row of missing teeth. About four implants are placed into the jawbone—when they heal, a denture appliance can be connected to them. It gives you a secure tooth replacement option that still has many of the benefits of individual implants.

How Long Will They Last?
There's no telling how long your dental implant will last once it is integrated into your smile. It could last for a lifetime if you do the following:

  • Observe pristine oral hygiene habits, including flossing.
  • Avoid clenching or grinding.
  • See you dentist for professional cleanings regularly.

Are You Eligible for This Treatment?
The only way to tell if you are eligible for dental implants is to talk to a dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care. Call (678) 293-8773 and choose from one of three locations for your visit: Kennesaw, Marietta or Woodstock, GA.

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