In the wake of the unprecedented COVID19 pandemic and the safety of our staff and patients, Dr. Lentz closed our office temporarily at the end of last week, 20th March, 2020.
Our voicemail has been updated to instruct patients with dental emergencies to follow the prompts to reach Dr. Lentz. This web notice is to inform patients that state and federal mandates recommend we close our office until we can equip ourselves with proper protective equipment. That equipment is not yet available because it is being directed to front line emergency workers in hospitals handling the outbreak. At this time, we are working closely with specialists to treat emergency dental conditions that are resulting in pain, swelling and fever.
State wide - No restorative treatment will be rendered at this time. Just emergency treatment (i.e. root canals and extractions) by our specialists.
Think of Dr. Lentz as a quarterback directing emergency traffic to the proper specialists. Please feel free to call and leave a message for emergency: 678-802-1209. Dr. Lentz will call back as soon as possible to trouble shoot your specific concern. We are monitoring daily, awaiting proper protective equipment orders to arrive, and will update our Lanier Valley Dentistry Family with any changes.
NobelPearl™: Metal-Free Implants
What Are NobelPearl™ Implants?
A NobelPearl™ implant is a 100% metal-free implant solution that provides a new alternative to titanium. The implant contains two ceramic pieces that screw into each other and provide a more natural aesthetic. If you are concerned about the use of metal, then we highly recommend NobelPearl™ implants.
During the procedure, Colin Lentz, DDS will make a small incision into the gum tissue to expose the underlying bone. Next, the implant will be deeply embedded into the jawbone. When the procedure is complete, we will suture the incision.
NobelPearl™ implants, much like titanium ones, can fuse with living bone. This process is known as osseointegration and can take as long as six months. Once osseointegration is complete, we can place the ceramic abutment, or support structure, which links the implant screw to the restoration. A carbon fiber screw, known as the Inter-X internal connection, will provide additional support for the screw and abutment. This connector is specifically designed for ceramic implants.
After the abutment is in place, we will take an impression. Our laboratory technicians will use this impression to fabricate your final restoration, also made from ceramic. By the end of the process, you will have a durable and aesthetically-pleasing tooth replacement. Your restoration should be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
The Benefits of NobelPearl™ Implants
Your NobelPearl™ implant restoration will look and feel like your real teeth. You will also be able to treat it like your real teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. While it is true that ceramic does not stain, it is still suitable to the same stresses as your natural teeth. Proper care and maintenance will help ensure that your restoration lasts for many years!
Non-metal implants like NobelPearl™ are biocompatible, making them ideal for soft-tissue attachment and low inflammatory response. They have also demonstrated a low plaque affinity and a high resistance rate to corrosion. NobelPearl™ implants are also ideal for patients with sensitivities or allergies to the metals commonly used in implant treatment.
Schedule Your Appointment
To learn more about the wonderful benefits of NobelPearl™ implants, call (678) 802-8654 and schedule your appointment!