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Getting Dental Implants? Timing is Important

Dentist and Patient Consulting About Dental Implants Roswell GA

Dental implants represent the gold standard in replacing missing teeth. They involve surgically placing titanium posts into your jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. The implants can then anchor a restoration on top, such as a crown, bridge or denture. This is a permanent solution and allows for unrivaled stability for prosthetic teeth. While dental implants carry an exemplary success rate, timing is important as to when you place them. Missing teeth should always be replaced as soon as possible to avoid consequences like shifting teeth, bone loss and loss of dental function. However, there are cases in which it is necessary to wait for your dental implant surgery.

Dental Implants and Kids

Dental implants are safe for adults of all ages, but kids are a different story. While kids and teens are just as susceptible to tooth loss as adults, they can’t jump to implant dentistry as quickly. It is crucial that jaw growth be complete before getting implants. This typically does not occur until age 14 or 15 for girls and age 17 for boys. A dentist must confirm with x-rays that your child’s jaw has finished growing before missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. In the meantime, there are ways to ensure that surrounding teeth don’t migrate towards the open space before an implant is ready to be placed.

Dental Implants and Orthodontics

Another timing concern regarding dental implants involves orthodontic treatment. While it is common for a patient to need both braces and dental implants, the order of treatment does matter. In nearly all cases, it is best to undergo orthodontics before getting implants. This is because once an implant is placed, it will not move or shift like your biological teeth. Getting your smile into proper alignment before a permanently fixed tooth is anchored into your jawbone is the optimal course of action.

Dental Implants and Bone Loss

When teeth go missing, there is a chain of events that naturally occurs within your mouth. One of the most critical, yet unseen, changes is within your jawbone. Without a tooth root to stimulate the underlying bone, it will resorb or atrophy over time. This process begins fairly quickly after a missing tooth. If you are of appropriate age and you lose a tooth, you’ll probably have the green light on getting dental implants as soon as possible.

If you’ve lost a tooth and neglected to replace it for several months or years, you may have already suffered bone loss. In this case, you’ll have to wait for dental implants and undergo a bone grafting procedure first. This ensures your implant has enough bone structure to securely support it once it is placed.

Have more questions about dental implants and the best time to get them? Call Dr. Mitzi Morris. Dr. Morris specializes in the repair and restoration of dental implants and can help you determine the best treatment plan to complete your smile.

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

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