Missing teeth affect the health, comfort, and function of your smile. These gaps in your teeth can make daily tasks more difficult and undermine your self-confidence.
Dr. Brett Hester works with a specialist to place and restore dental implants so that patients can achieve a strong, beautiful, and healthy smile.
Excited to learn more about this amazing tooth replacement option?
Most importantly, unlike traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures, dental implants prevent jawbone atrophy from occurring. In doing so, the jawbone tissue remains intact and provides support to the surrounding teeth. This is critical to protect your oral health and prevent teeth from shifting or loosening.
Are there any factors that will affect my ability to receive dental implants?
Is dental implant treatment painful?
Sedation Is Available
While a local anesthetic is used to numb the treatment area, we also offer sedation dentistry if you are anxious about the procedure. Nitrous oxide is a safe method of sedation that is inhaled. With sedation, you will feel relaxed throughout your procedure.
After surgery, any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and cold packs applied to your cheeks. This will also help reduce swelling.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implant treatment takes place in several steps. First, Dr. Hester will determine if you a candidate for dental implants. Most patients missing one or more teeth who want a sturdy, permanent restoration are candidates for dental implant treatment. However, some patients will need a bone graft or a sinus lift prior to the surgical placement of the implants. Loss of jawbone mass is common, especially if teeth have been missing for awhile, and a bone graft provides patients with enough jawbone density to support the implants. A sinus lift adds bone to the upper jaw when the sinuses lay too close to the implant site.
Implant-supported restorations can improve your appearance and self-esteem while helping you to speak clearly and enjoy all the foods you love.
Before dental implant surgery, you will have detailed x-rays taken to determine the optimal location. The specialist that works with Dr. Hester will perform the surgery by creating small pilot holes in your jaw tissue and inserting the implants. If you are having only one tooth replaced, only one implant is required. Over the next several months, the implants will fuse with your jaw bone in a process called osseointegration. When this is complete, you will have a second surgery to uncover the tops of the implants and have an abutment (connector) attached to them. Last, Dr. Hester will attach your permanent dental restoration to the implant or implants.
Nurturing the Doctor-Patient Relationship
A Valdosta native, Dr. Hester strives to provide comprehensive dental services for your entire family in a single convenient location. He is proud to be affiliated with the:
~ Academy of General Dentistry
~ American Dental Association
~ American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (229) 247-3400 today.
“Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults alike by offering the highest-quality dental care in a friendly, relaxed, and caring atmosphere.” - Dr. Hester