Single Missing Tooth - Augusta, GA
A Lasting Solution for a Failing or Missing Tooth
The Closest Thing to Natural Teeth
If having missing teeth is making you feel anxious or embarrassed and you’re searching for a solution, modern dentistry has many options for you. These days you have the ability to choose a dental implant in Augusta, GA, the lasting and all-natural tooth replacement that can make your teeth look, feel, and function normally again! These are superior in many ways to removable dentures and don’t require the alteration of other teeth like dental bridges. No matter where in your mouth you have a missing tooth, we can replace it with a dental implant and top it with a life-like and natural-looking dental crown, sometimes with just one virtually painless surgical procedure! Dental implants are the dependable tooth replacement solution for most, if not all, of our patients because they can restore your ability to enjoy meals, speak comfortably, and feel self-confident. Our mission is helping you gain a higher quality of life through permanent dental implants. We design our treatment protocol around your smile goals and the esthetic properties of your new tooth, as well as what functional enhancements your smile needs to stay healthy. And with our expertise and advanced surgical practices, we can get you back to a functional, beautiful, and confident smile smoothly and with as predictably as possible.
Dental Implant Candidacy
If you have just one missing tooth, you either most likely are already a candidate for a dental implant in Augusta, GA or may need some basic preliminary treatments to qualify. Dental implants are anchored in the jaw to remain in place, so if your jawbone is decayed or otherwise compromised, we may need to perform a bone grafting procedure before placing your implants. If you have existing medical conditions, we may need to do extra planning or modifications to ensure a safe, successful surgery. Before we begin any dental implant treatment we always review your dental and medical history, which enables us to modify the treatment as needed.
Dental Implant Treatment Process
1. One-on-One Consultation
While placement of a dental implant in Augusta, GA varies by the patient, we have standardized protocols in place so that you receive the most tailored and efficient process for your specific situation. During your initial consultation, we’ll get to know you, your smile goals, and any apprehension or reluctance you may be feeling about dental implant treatment. We’ll also do high-quality imaging of your mouth using our cone beam CT technology so that we can map out your surgery with the highest level of precision. With that completed, we can develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your personal smile goals and fits within your budget.
2. Preparatory Treatment
We make your smile goals a priority and offer treatment that matches your esthetic direction, but we want to make sure your mouth is healthy before we begin. If you have gum disease or bone loss, we offer treatment that makes your mouth fully functional again. These existing conditions need never affect the lifespan of your new dental implant. We offer effective periodontal treatments right here in our Augusta, GA office, so you’ll never need a referral to an outside practice. When your mouth is in a surgery-ready state, you’ll return here to receive your dental implant.
3. Dental Implant Surgery
The surgical appointment begins with sedation to make you relaxed and comfortable. Unlike some dental practices, we offer different types of sedation, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. Patients of ours with dental anxiety often prefer IV sedation—which essentially allows you to sleep through the procedure—or may choose a combination of one or more options to attain the optimum level of comfort and pain control. Whatever the case, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that your procedure will involve minimal discomfort. While you’re under sedation in our treatment room, we’ll insert your dental implant into your jaw, typically in an hour or less. We use BioHorizons®, Nobel Biocare, and Straumann®, which are among the top U.S.-based dental implant manufacturers to ensure optimal function and esthetics. Depending on the type of sedation we use, you may not remember any aspect of your procedure and may be pleasantly surprised with how easy and pain-free your experience was! You can return home shortly after the completion of your surgery.
4. Recovery and Restoration
You will probably have some discomfort in the days following your surgery, but this can generally be managed with a prescription pain reliever, which we can order for you. While your dental implant site heals, it will fuse with your jawbone, replacing the missing natural tooth root. This bonding process may take a few months, but it is critical to the long-term stability and health of your implant. When the surgical site has completely healed, you’ll revisit our office so that we can attach your permanent dental crown. This custom-fitted new tooth will look absolutely natural and be identical in shade to your existing teeth. With performance that equals your natural teeth, your new dental implant will make your smile whole and healthy once again!
Offering Affordable Treatment
You naturally might be curious about what a functional new smile made possible by dental implants will cost when you have other options such as partial dentures or dental bridges. Since dental implants are the only permanent option, they’re the ideal long-term solution for a single missing tooth. You don’t have to adjust your other teeth or subject them to additional treatments, as a dental implant only affects the space created by your missing tooth. Though it may have a higher price tag on the front end, a dental implant will outlast every other tooth replacement option and deliver superior functional and esthetic benefits. To make this life-changing dental solution attainable for all our patients, we work with third-party financing companies that offer affordable monthly payments and competitive interest rates. We want you to know that we’ll do whatever’s necessary to provide you with an attractive, durable new tooth that also works within your budget.
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