Monday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Rating: 5 Dr. David Lamothe Reviewed by Edward L ."My first visit to Smyrna Dental & Headache Center was shortly after it opened in 2008. My Dad, who was 90 years old at that time, had a dental issue. We just walked in, no appt."
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Smyrna area dentist answers frequently asked questions about dental implants
What is a dental implant?
Implants are posts made of titanium that Dr. Lamothe of Smyrna Dental Family Dental and Implant Center surgically places into the jawbone. They are restored on top with dental crowns, bridges, or dentures, depending on the reason for placement. They are only used in situations where patients have lost one or more teeth.
Will my replacement look fake?
Dr. Lamothe is focused on providing natural, beautiful results in all the restorations he provides. Cosmetic dentistry is a field of dentistry that ensures all procedures improve the aesthetics of the smile.
How do I know if I am a proper candidate for dental implants?
Dr. Lamothe will start with a consultation appointment and examination. This will include a dental x-ray to determine if the patient has enough bone structure, which is needed for the successful placement of the implants.
How much will dental implants cost?
The cost for dental implants will vary for each patient. Additionally, the cost of the implants will be adjusted if patients have dental insurance that covers the procedure.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Surgery is an outpatient procedure at our dental office. Patients are anesthetized and made comfortable before and during their treatment. Patients may feel some soreness in the area for a few days, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
What are the alternatives to dental implants?
Dental implant alternatives are dental bridges and dentures. Dental bridges are porcelain restorations made to fill the gap between teeth. They use the surrounding teeth for support and are a fixed restoration. Dentures may be full dentures or partial dentures depending on how many teeth are being replaced. They are removable and are sometimes considered as a temporary solution until patients decide on a permanent option.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are strong and long lasting, making them the most popular restoration for missing teeth. They are permanent, easy to care for, and have the durability of a natural tooth. Patients often enjoy their dental implants their entire life.