Whether you have missing teeth due to trauma, decay or gum disease, you’re likely struggling with several issues. Missing teeth can cause a hit to your self-esteem and make you feel too embarrassed to go out, talk, laugh or even smile. In addition, adjacent teeth can shift into the empty spaces, affecting your natural bite alignment, causing chewing difficulties, and increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. An estimated 25% of the underlying bone is lost during the first year after losing a tooth, and as this process progresses, even undesirable facial changes can occur! The great news is that no matter how many teeth you’re missing, dental implants in Macon, GA offer “gold standard” benefits due to their unmatched versatility, durability and natural-looking beauty. At North Macon Dental Associates, our dentists Dr. Lee Stockslager and Dr. John Kuo have extensive experience placing dental implants, and they utilize the latest technology to give you a new smile and better quality of life.
Dental implants are exceptionally versatile because they can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. If you’re missing all of your teeth, several implants can be strategically placed in your jaw. An entire upper, lower or full arch prosthesis can be attached to the implant abutments. Implant supported dentures can be designed to be fixed or removable. Full mouth dental implants using the All-on-6 or All-on-X protocol are cost-effective, minimally invasive, and efficient. This approach relies on six or more strategically placed dental implants to enable a full-arch prosthesis to be securely and permanently attached to them.
At North Macon Dental Associates, our goal is to make the dental implant process as streamlined and pain-free as possible! The first step is a consultation to discuss your dental and medical history and your smile goals. We use cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) to analyze your bone structure, nerve tissue and sinus cavities. The CBCT produces a single detailed 3D scan from hundreds of images, taken in less than a minute. If we determine you’re a good candidate for dental implants, we’ll create a customized treatment plan, discuss the steps involved, schedule your surgery, and provide an estimated cost. In some cases, you may need a tooth extracted or bone grafts, both of which we offer. With our roster of services, we can give you the convenience of fully restoring your smile under one roof!
We use computer-guided technology and implants from top companies to ensure dental implant placement is precise and long-lasting. In addition to numbing your implant sites with a local anesthetic, you can choose from several sedation options. Any discomfort after dental implant surgery is typically well managed with over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Using our on-site milling machines, in most cases we can create a temporary crown or prosthesis on the same day of your surgery! This allows normal oral function and protects your implant sites during the healing process, which typically takes three to four months. We may schedule one routine follow-up appointment prior to fitting you with your custom-made permanent restoration.
Although the initial cost for dental implants is higher than traditional alternatives, we do strive to offer a highly competitive dental implant cost in Macon, GA. Considering that dental implants are truly an investment in your self-esteem, oral health and systemic health, no other tooth replacement solution can deliver such remarkable long-term value. We’ve seen firsthand how dental implants have improved our patients’ health and outlook on life, and we think everyone deserves to experience these transformative benefits! As such, we file insurance claims on your behalf, help you maximize your benefits, and offer in-house and third-party financing to make monthly payments more manageable for you.
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