Are Dental Implants right for you?

mature women smiling3Candidacy for Dental Implants

In general, most people who are healthy enough to undergo a dental procedure such as a filling placement or root canal therapy are good candidates for dental implants. You must have healthy teeth and gums, so any cavities or signs of periodontal disease must be addressed first. Tell us if you have any chronic health conditions or are taking medications. These factors will not necessarily prevent you from receiving implants, but we may need to take certain precautions during the procedure to ensure its success. You also need to have a sufficient amount of dense bone tissue to support an implant. However, if you have suffered bone loss, which is common after tooth loss, a bone grafting procedure can help rebuild the tissues.

Placing dental implants is a three-step procedure:

  • Tooth extraction: At some point in your life a tooth is lost due to a fracture or abscess or decay.  After the tooth is extracted, a bone graft is placed in the void space where the tooth used to be. After the graft bonds with your surrounding bone, you would proceed to the next phase.
  • Implant Placement: This part of the process usually only requires local anesthesia, but we can administer something a bit stronger if you feel anxious. Once you are comfortable, our implant specialist will create an opening in the gum tissues at the site of the missing tooth and then insert the small titanium rod into the jawbone. Then we will close the gum tissues with a few sutures. The gums will heal in about a week, but you must wait several months for osseointegration of the implant to take place. You may be fitted with a temporary tooth restoration to wear while you are waiting.
  • Placing Restorations: When your implants are ready for permanent restorations, our prosthodontist will take impressions of your mouth to create replacement teeth that blends well with your natural teeth. You will then return to have your restorations permanently affixed to your implant abutments.

We take a team approach and perform all of the procedure in our Sandy Springs office.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD – Implant Specialist

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS – Prosthodontist

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328


Dental Implants 101

Dental Implants have changed the face of dental-implants2dentistry.  What used to be a difficult procedure is now the standard of care.  Implant dentistry requires a coordinated expertise throughout the process – in planning, surgery and tooth restoration.  In our office this all takes place under one roof.  Our in-house prosthodontist is the ‘quarterback’ of the process.  With an understanding of the expected goal the prosthodontist formulates the plan with our in-house implantologist.

The dental implant is actually a replacement for the roots of a missing tooth.  The dental implants are secured in the jawbone through a process known as osseo-integration.  The actual implant is made of titanium and bio-compatible, which means it will not rejected by the body.

Placing dental implants stabilizes your existing jawbone.  Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density, ensuring your facial skeleton is also maintained. This means they also support indirectly, the soft tissue structures — gum tissues, cheeks and lips. Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile, talk and look completely natural, transitioning the patient to a well maintained physical appearance.

So the final question is ‘are you a candidate for dental implants’?  Make an appointment in our Sandy Springs office to see if we can be of service to us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC – Prosthodontist

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD – Implant Specialist

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328



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Information included is not dental or medical advice.  For your specific information

be sure to consult your dentist.

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