There are several ways you can replace a tooth, but there’s only one method that allows your new smile to practically become part of your body. Dental implants in LaGrange, GA are unique in that they join with your jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots, giving your prosthetic much better stability as a result. And with Dr. Jacobs’s expert touch, your implant surgery will have the highest possible chance of success. Schedule your dental implant consultation with LaGrange Oral Surgery & Implant Center today!
Since implants directly interface with the jawbone, minimally invasive surgery is required in order to receive them. After the proper forms of sedation have been administered, Dr. Jacobs will create a small hole in carefully chosen spots in the bone. The posts are then inserted, sometimes without the need for sutures. At this point, you’ll wait a few months for osseointegration (the process of the bone and implant fusing together) to take place; once that’s done, you may require one more simple procedure to have an abutment placed. This attachment is what will ultimately hold your dental restoration. Many patients only need over-the-counter pain medicine after the implant procedure.
No matter how many teeth are missing or where the gaps are, dental implants are an option you can consider. Before beginning the procedure, we’ll need to confirm that your mouth is healthy and that there’s still enough bone in your jaw to support the post. (Some additional treatments might be needed depending on what we find.) Once we’ve decided that implants are right for you, we can start planning the process based on your needs.
For minor cases of tooth loss, only one implant will be needed to fill the gap. The post will support a single ceramic crown that will help you chew and speak normally again. The crown will be specially designed so that it looks just like your natural teeth and thus won’t stand out when you smile.
If you’ve lost multiple teeth (but not enough to get full dentures), you might be able to replace them all at once with just two dental implants. A special restoration called a dental bridge (made of two crowns and one or more false teeth) can take the place of three to six teeth in a row.
Dentures remain one of the most reliable solutions for patients who have lost all the teeth in their upper or lower jaw, but even they can be improved with the use of implants. Four to six posts will hold the dentures in place at all times and allow you to eat anything you want without limits.
With All-on-4, not only can we minimize the number of implants needed to support your dentures, but we can also let you enjoy the benefits of new teeth in one day with temporary dentures. Thanks to Dr. Jacobs’s experience and training, you can enjoy the rare benefit of receiving the All-on-4 procedure from a friendly, small town oral surgery office.
Mini implants are normally about half the size of traditional ones. We normally use them whenever a patient doesn’t have enough bone density to support a full-size implant. This way, you can still have the procedure performed even if you wouldn’t normally be considered a candidate; older patients can especially benefit.
Even if your jaw has been damaged or has deteriorated, we can build it up again before implant placement. We’ll take a small amount of tissue from elsewhere in your body (or from a donor) and use it to stimulate the growth of new bone until there’s enough for the surgery to move forward.
You might need to get a sinus lift if you’ve lost teeth in your upper jaw. Not only does it give your jaw additional height, but it will also move your sinuses away from the mouth so that there’s room to place the dental implants without causing any unnecessary damage.
Filling in the empty space in your smile with dental implants requires cooperation between your oral surgeon and your dentist. Many dentists simply don’t have the training to perform implant surgery; you’ll need the knowledge and skills of an oral surgeon to make sure the procedure is performed without a hitch. Once your mouth has fully healed, you’ll return to your normal dentist; they’ll be responsible for designing and placing a crown, a bridge, or dentures on top of your implants.
You can expect the price of dental implants to vary from person to person depending on the number of teeth missing; obviously, one implant to support a crown will not cost the same as four implants to retain dentures. Also, you may need to account for any necessary additional procedures such as bone grafting. We’ll make sure you have an accurate idea of how much you’ll need to pay before we move forward with the process.
Many patients love the idea of getting dental implants, but before they commit to treatment, they need a few questions answered first. Our team is always willing to take the time to share any information you need so you can feel completely confident about your care decision. You’re welcome to give us a call, but first, be sure to read over our responses to some of our most popular implant questions below.
Thanks to Dr. Jacobs’ extensive experience and use of the latest techniques and technology, most patients barely feel anything during the dental implant placement surgery. Some patients describe experiencing “pressure” in their mouth, but nothing that resembles pain. If you’re nervous about the procedure, our practice offers multiple types of sedation that can help you easily relax throughout the process.
The answer to this question will be different for every patient. For someone just getting a single implant that has a healthy jawbone, the process can usually be completed in a few short months. But, if a patient needs several implants as well as a bone graft beforehand, the timeline may be closer to a year. Dr. Jacobs can outline what your treatment will be like at your initial consultation after he gives you an exam.
Typically, Dr. Jacobs’ recommends a bone graft for patients who have been missing teeth for a long time and experienced bone loss, but he really can’t make this determination until he’s able to examine and X-ray your mouth. If you would like to avoid a bone graft, options such as All-on-4 and mini-dental implants are designed to maximize a patient’s existing bone to make the treatment process much simpler.
You will likely need to rest for a day or two after dental implant surgery, and beyond that, Dr. Jacobs may recommend that you take it easy for a few more days and avoid strenuous physical activity so your mouth can heal properly. Most patients are able to resume their normal routine after about 3-4 days.
Most of the time, dental insurance will not provide coverage for the placement surgery, but it may help pay for the restoration that goes on top of the implant. This is changing, however, so it is wise to go over your policy and talk to your provider to see what benefits you are entitled to. Our practice is able to work with several popular dental insurance plans and also offers flexible financing to ensure that our care is easily affordable for every patient.