Greensboro Dental Implants Are An Ideal Solution for Missing Teeth
When one or more teeth have been lost, it can lead to devastating consequences for the patient’s oral function, overall health, and quality of life. Thankfully, dental implants are available as the ideal reconstructive solution, recreating dental structure that looks and feels virtually indistinguishable from the genuine article. At Lake Oconee Dentistry, Dr. Patti Bradley, Dr. David Bradley, and Dr. Shelly Pound can take you through every phase of the dental implant process right here in our Greensboro, GA office, ensuring a smooth and successful process with a team you already know and trust – no outside specialists required. We encourage patients from Buckhead, GA and surrounding areas to contact us today and schedule their first consultation. You don’t have to settle for an incomplete smile!
Why are dental implants the right choice for my smile?
While traditional tooth replacement options are designed to only replace the crown (the white portion that makes up your smile) of the tooth, there’s another, equally important component that typically ends up ignored – the root. The root is embedded in the patient’s jaw, and its presence stimulates the bone. Even if the patient’s visible smile is restored, the permanent loss of a tooth root can result in jawbone deterioration, reduced oral health, and even a “hunched” facial appearance over time.
Dental implants are highly successful because they’re the only treatment option that fully replicates the entire structure of a natural tooth – root and all! Because of this, patients can enjoy the valuable health benefits, stunning aesthetic improvements, solid oral function, and long-lasting durability they deserve.
What are the steps of the dental implant process?
Before any treatment can begin, our doctors will invite you in for an implant consultation that reviews your oral health history and allows us to determine the best course of action for your unique smile. Then, the first step of the procedure is the surgical placement of one or more implants into the jawbone; this will be accomplished with our 3D cone beam scanner, which helps reveal the ideal location for your new implant(s) and ensures an exceptional level of accuracy during the procedure. Dr. Patti Bradley is highly skilled in the placement of dental implants – in fact, she currently holds Mastership status with the International Dental Implant Association!
Once the implants are in place, the body’s natural inclinations take over. Through a process known as osseointegration, your jawbone will gradually fuse with the implants. This creates a solid foundation for the final step of the implant process – the creation and placement of long-lasting, personalized restorations.
What are my options for restoring my new dental implants?
There are multiple options for dental implant restoration, and our Greensboro team’s recommendation will depend on the extent of the patient’s tooth loss (how many implants need to be restored), as well as the available budget and time commitment. They include:
- Tooth-colored dental crowns: These custom restorations can cover individual implants, filling noticeable gaps in a patient’s smile without requiring any significant alteration of nearby healthy teeth. Our doctors use all-ceramic materials to ensure a beautiful and natural appearance that’s a precise match.
- Implant-retained bridges/dentures: Patients who are used to wearing traditional dentures may prefer this prosthetic option, which can cover several implants at once. Because the appliance is fixed to the implants, it provides permanence, stability, and no frustrating slippage.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
At first, you may be a bit apprehensive to replace your missing teeth with dental implants. After all, they can cost more than bridges or dentures. However, every patient’s cost is different, and your insurance may decide to cover certain portions of the procedure, such as the restoration or any necessary preliminary treatments. We can go over a more detailed cost estimate with you at your dental implant consultation and determine a way for you to rebuild your smile without breaking the bank.
Dental Implant FAQs – Greensboro, GA
At Lake Oconee Dentistry, we often recommend dental implants after tooth loss because we know they’re the closest thing to natural teeth. Our experienced implant dentist, Dr. Patti Bradley, handles the entire procedure from start to finish and is always happy to explain the process so you know what to expect. Below, you’ll find answers to the FAQs we hear most often, but feel free to contact us anytime with other questions as they arise.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants are absolutely safe. They’re made from the same bio-compatible, surgical-grade titanium that’s used in knee and hip replacements. They’ve also been used for several decades to successfully restore the smiles of countless patients. In fact, it’s estimated that an astounding 5 million implants are placed every year, so you can rest assured that they’re safely used for a wide variety of people.
Can I Be Confident That My Implants Will Be Successful?
Yes! Just one of the reasons we like to recommend dental implants is their high success rate, which is over 95% in non-smokers. However, since it’s only 85% in smokers, we recommend quitting tobacco before having the procedure done.
Does It Hurt To Get Dental Implants?
Not nearly as much as you might expect. In terms of discomfort, many people compare implant surgery to having a tooth extracted. And since Dr. Bradley always start by making sure you’re completely numb beforehand, you’ll only feel pressure, not pain. In addition, we also offer sedation options to make the procedure comfortable for everyone, even anxious or fearful patients.
What Is a Bone Graft and Will I Need One?
Healthy jawbone is necessary to support both natural teeth and implants. However, as soon as a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. If it’s been a long time since you lost your teeth, you may not have enough jawbone to support implants.
To evaluate the bone density in your jaws, we’ll take a detailed, 3-dimensional image with our 3D cone beam scanner before making a recommendation. If we find that your jawbone is too thin or too weak, we may recommend a bone graft. This procedure adds bone tissue to your jaw to strengthen and fortify it, enabling it to support implants in the future.
How Do I Maintain My Dental Implants?
Fortunately, maintaining your dental implants isn’t complicated and is actually a lot like taking care of natural teeth. Use the following tips to help ensure the long-term success of your new smile:
- Schedule regular checkups – It’s important to monitor your implants regularly so we can catch and treat any potential problems before they lead to failure.
- Practice good oral hygiene - Your implants can’t get cavities but they can develop a type of gum disease. Healthy gum tissue is important to provide strength and stability, so be sure to keep the gums clean by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once.
- Wear a nightguard, if necessary – The chronic forces from nighttime clenching and grinding can damage your implant over time. Wearing a custom-made nightguard will protect both your natural teeth and dental implants.