How Can Dental Implants Save Your Smile?
Replace your missing teeth with our long-lasting solution.
Missing a tooth can cause problems for your oral health, while deeply impacting your quality of life.
At T. Lance Collier DMD, we offer custom-made implant solutions to provide outstanding and aesthetically beautiful outcomes.
A dental implant acts like your tooth’s root, and renews your ability to speak, chew, and smile with full confidence. The implant itself is made of titanium and is inserted into your jawbone.
After a healing period (osseointegration), the implant becomes fused with your bone and provides a secure anchor for the abutment (or connector). The abutment acts as a connecting device between your fused implant and your new dental restoration (crown or bridge).
The result is a permanent restoration that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth.
If you have one or multiple missing teeth, our restorative dentist in Columbus, GA can help.
If you are missing only one tooth, then single implants are your ideal restorative option.
When placing an implant, we use titanium posts. This is because titanium is a biocompatible metal that can work effectively for all patients. These implants are strategically positioned to fuse with your jawbone, prevent teeth shifting, and ensure you benefit from a fully restored smile.
Dentures are usually kept in place with adhesives or suction. However, nowadays, a partial or full denture can also be permanently fixed into position with dental implants.
Instead of using one implant per tooth (which is inefficient), we use what is known as All-on-4 dental implants. The real number of implants needed varies from patient to patient, so we prefer to call them: All-on-X dental implants.
All-on-X simple involves Dr. Collier placing an ideal number of implants to support your new denture without any movement or shifting.
Our team answers your questions about dental implants in Columbus, GA.
- How long does the treatment take? Your dental implant treatment can take three (lower jaw) to six (upper jaw) months. The longer time frame is required to give your implant and jawbone time to fuse fully. However, everyone heals differently, so Dr. Collier will monitor your progress closely.
- How long do implants last?
Implants last longer than most restorative solutions but need to be cared for properly. You will need to follow a proper hygiene routine, just like with your natural teeth. When implants are appropriately maintained, and good oral health exists, they can last a lifetime.
- How much do implants cost?