Dental Implants In Hinesville, Waycross and Douglas

Southern Georgia Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery

Hinesville, Waycross, and Douglas Oral Surgeon Roger Myers DMD has determined that dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can now smile and chew with confidence.  Dr. Myers  at Southern Georgia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is an experienced and qualified specialist at placing dental implants.  Dental implants represent an alternative treatment to conventional dental methods of tooth replacement such as removable dentures and fixed bridges.  Dental Implants have  emerged as a major technological advancement in the field of dentistry.  Ask Dr. Myers how dental implants can be beneficial for you.

What Are Dental Implants?

During an initial consultation to determine if you may be a candidate for dental implants, Dr. Myers will explain that usually within the first year after a tooth extraction, people will lose 25% of their supporting jaw bone in the region of a tooth extraction site. Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth and their placement will prevent jawbone loss.

Essentially, dental Implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. 

When Can Dental Implants Be Placed?

Implants are often placed several months after a tooth has been extracted. For most patients, the placement of dental implants will involve three stages: The Surgical Stage, and The Healing Phase, and The Restorative Phase.

                    1. The Surgical Phase

                       After careful and thorough treatment planning, often with the partnership of your general dentist, you will be ready for the surgical placement of a dental implant into your jawbone.  Prior to surgery you may receive prescriptions for antibiotics and a steroid dose pack.  This will be discussed at your consultation visit.  The procedure to place a single implant takes approximately 30 minutes.  Multiple implants will require a longer appointment.  Most patients experience minimal discomfort after the surgery.  Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

                   2.  The Healing Phase

For the next four to six months following surgery, the implants will be beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. In this second stage, Dr. Myers will uncover the implants and attach a healing cap during a brief follow-up visit.  This allows the gum tissue to mature and provides access to the implant. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life during the surgical and healing phases of the implants. Your general dentist may fabricate a temporary prosthesis during this stage.

                  3.  The Restorative Phase

Once you are approximately 6 months post-op from the initial surgery, your general dentist will now begin the restorative phase and will attach a replacement tooth (crown) onto the implant, or attach a denture to multiple implants, finalizing the restoration.

Normal Mouth
1. Normal
After Tooth Loss
2. Tooth Loss
Healed Bone, after bone grafting
3. Healed Bone
Dental Implant Placed
4. Implant Placed
Healing after dental implant placement
5. Healing
Dental Implant Restored
6. Implant Restored

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

What Types Of Dental Implant Restorative Options are Available?

A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.  

Why Dental Implants At Southern Georgia Oral Surgery?

Dental Implant Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the dental implant process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about dental implants.

Dental Implant Overview

Once you learn about dental implants, you will realize there is a way to improve your life! When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself. Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind. A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss. Dr. Myers devoted many years of post doctoral training in order to provide this level of life changing treatment to his patients. His surgical ability and compassionate care are evident in his countless successful treatment outcomes and satisfied patients.

Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?

There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing. Also repair or replacement of traditional replacement methods every 5-10 years is very common. Conversely, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants At Our Oral Surgery Office?

If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.

What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used For Dental Implant Placement?

The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without IV sedation.

Do Dental Implants Need Special Care?

Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.