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.