Dental implants offer a secure and natural replacement for missing teeth. Dr. James Lassiter is one of the leading dentists in Kingsland, Georgia for the replacement of missing teeth. We offer a range of dental implant options to replace one, several or all of your missing teeth.
Dr. Lassiter is pursuing advanced training in implant dentistry at the Misch Implant Institute. In some cases, we may provide complete surgical and restorative care in our office. For complex cases, Dr. Lassiter may work with a local specialist to coordinate the surgical portion of the treatment and complete the restoration in our office using either a dental crown, bridge or denture.
About Dental Implants
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a breakthrough in dentistry, which feel and look most like natural teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post surgically placed in the jawbone to help support an artificial tooth, fixed bridge or a removable or fixed denture. It is also a restoration that will not decay.
Why Is a dental implant my best solution?
A dental implant can be a single tooth restoration in which the adjacent teeth are left alone. It is a free standing restoration which mirrors the tooth that was replaced. Depending on the tooth being replaced and the jawbone, an immediate functioning temporary tooth can be placed. This helps to create an excellent esthetic result, with shorter treatment time and minimized pain.
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
Once an implant has been placed in the jaw, the bone around the implant needs to heal for twelve weeks to six months. After this period of healing, a temporary support post called a healing abutment is placed to sculpt the gum. After a short period of time, the tooth can be made to screw down to the implant. The exact sequence of the steps and the time it takes for each can be explained on a patient-by-patient basis.
How long does a dental implant last?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Dr. Lassiter will conduct a comprehensive patient exam and thorough treatment planning to ensure that the placement and restoration of your tooth implant is optimal for long term health, beauty and stability.
Dental Implants Before & After
This patient came to our dental office for the restoration of a missing tooth. Dr. Lassiter developed a treatment plan that included the placement of a dental implant and tooth crown, along with orthodontic treatment to create a straighter, fuller smile.
This patient came in with several missing teeth. Dr. Lassiter restored her smile using dental implants to support cosmetic dental crowns. The result is a natural-looking, healthy smile.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants varies based on your personal health, goals and budget. Major factors to be considered in the price of dental implants is bone health, condition of neighboring teeth and number of dental implants to be placed.
In our Kingsland, GA dental office, we offer flexible payment options including financing to help with the cost of dental implant treatment. We will review all of the details including the cost of your implant procedure and payment options prior to treatment. If you have dental insurance, our staff will work with your insurance provider to maximize your benefits.
Alternatives to Dental Implants
There are a variety of alternatives to dental implants. If you have one or a few missing teeth, a dental bridge may be an alternative restoration. If you are missing most or all of your teeth, Dr. Lassiter may suggest a partial or full denture. He will review all of the options with you and help you make the best decision for your goals and budget.
Dental Implants vs. Bridges vs. Dentures
All three of these restorations replace missing teeth, however a dental implant is the only one that replaces the actual root structure of a tooth. This means that the prosthetic tooth (or teeth) is permanently fixed in the mouth and does not require any support from neighboring teeth or use of adhesives.
Implant Secured Dentures
In denture wearing patients, Dr. Lassiter may recommend dental implants to improve the stability of ill-fitting dentures for better speech and chewing function. In many cases, your existing dentures can be secured using two or more strategically placed dental implants.