Dental Implants Are an Ideal Replacement

Dental implants appear life-like as they come up through the gums, and look and function just like real teeth. They return the ability to chew a variety of foods and give a full and healthy smile. Implants can replace one or many missing teeth. Those with no teeth can benefit, as they can replace dentures that slip and tilt and instead provide stability when chewing or speaking. There is no need to go to another dental office, as we have complete capabilities for this process from post placement to crown fabrication.

Dental Implants at Savannah Dental Solutions

Dental implants are the closest possible replacement for your own natural teeth. Unlike dentures, which rest on your gums or crowns, supported by natural tooth structure, dental implants replace the tooth roots. For each dental implant, a tiny sliver of biocompatible titanium is inserted via minor surgery, and over time it osseointegrates with your jawbone. This makes implants secure, stable, and long-lasting.

Dental Implants can:

  • Replace a single tooth – one implant and a crown is used
  • Replace several teeth – an implant-support bridge is used
  • Replace all teeth – an implant-supported full bridge or denture is used
  • Easier eating – eat your favorite foods
  • No slipping – implants are permanently attached
  • Individually placed – no strain on other teeth
  • Look better – implants look and function like real teeth
  • Easier life – no removal or adhesives to deal with
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem – get your smile back
  • Laugh, speak, and enjoy life as if they were your real teeth

In addition to traditional implants, our Savannah dental office offers patients All-on-4™ immediate load implants. They are placed in your mouth and are immediately ready to absorb any pressure from chewing. Previously, there was a waiting time of six months for the adjacent bone to heal. As we can complete the entire implant procedure in our Savannah, GA, office in a single visit, there is no need to be referred to an oral surgeon. These will securely hold your dentures in place with only four implants and never need to be removed. They provide support as strong as your natural teeth.

Though dentures are still common, dental implants have quickly become the treatment of choice. Dentures sit on the gums and are prone to pinching and slipping. Dental implants replace the tooth roots with slivers of biocompatible titanium, creating a secure, strong, and stable base for replacement teeth.

Dental implants also restore almost all of your original bite strength. They also prevent jawbone loss, avoiding the sunken look that many denture wearers have.

Fortunately, you do not need individual implants. Just a few dental implants can support a full arch of replacement teeth. This is an effective and budget-friendly alternative that is far better than dentures.

Ideally, dental restorations would last forever. The truth, though, is most restorations simply do not. The average crown or bridge has a lifespan of approximately 5 to 7 years, although excellent care can often push this to a decade or so. Dentures must be relined once a year and replaced every 10 to 15 years. Dental implants are the only dental restoration currently available that can reasonably be expected to last a lifetime with proper care.

If you are healthy enough to have a routine dental extraction or oral surgery, you could be considered a good candidate for dental implants in Savannah. The best way for us to guide you through the various options would be to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Chad Schnabel.

He will inspect your gums, jaw, the condition of your teeth, and talk to you about your dental history. We’d also like to know about your concerns and expectations related to dental implants.

You will continue normal dental hygiene at home and regular visits to our office for cleaning and check-ups. Brushing and flossing your implants will feel like brushing and flossing your regular teeth.

We will monitor and check your teeth, gums, and implants and review an ongoing care plan for your unique situation.

The biggest change you will notice is a new freedom to eat and smile like you used to. You’ll forget you have implants and wonder why you hadn’t considered this option earlier!

Removable dentures can be inconvenient and embarrassing in certain situations. Dental implants can free you from the maintenance and daily routine of cleaning, adhesives, and eating challenges.

If you are ready to discuss alternatives to dentures, let us know. Our goal is to restore your confident smile and let you get back to living your life.

Like many other things in life, the answer is, “It depends.” Every insurance company is different, with different covered items and different exclusions. Increasingly, though, dental insurance is starting to cover dental implants. Those that don’t generally cover the lowest-cost option, such as dentures, and some patients have had success with getting the company to cover that amount towards dental implants. However, you also need to be aware of your annual limit on benefits. Although higher dollar limits are available, many dental insurance policies cover only $1000 or $1500 worth of work per year.

We will work with your insurer to get every dollar your plan allows. Talk to our office staff before you begin treatment for a detailed look at what your insurance company will pay.

Dental implants and dental insurance coverage are evaluated on a case-by-case basis at our Savannah, GA, office. Dr. Schnabel can discuss your current insurance and guide you through your options.

Schedule the First Step Toward Your Healthiest Smile

We are excited to meet you and discuss your dental needs.  Call our office today at (912) 354-1366 or use the contact form here and we’ll get in touch with you to schedule an appointment.