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Dental Implants – Savannah, GA

Not Your Average Tooth Replacement

With dental implants, Dr. Fana doesn’t just replace missing teeth, he can basically give a patient their real teeth back. Implants resemble natural dental structure in almost every way, being more lifelike, stable, and durable compared to any other treatment option. Dr. Fana has years of experience using implants to rebuild people’s smiles, so if you’re ready to have a full and healthy set of teeth again, he’s ready to give it to you. To learn more about this treatment and what it could do for you, give us a call today.

Why Choose Compass Dental for Dental Implants?

  • Dentist with years of dedicated training in implant dentistry
  • Partnered with the best local periodontists & oral surgeons
  • Beautiful Dental office filled with state-of-the-art technology

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dentist showing patient dental implant diagram

The way dental implants work is very straightforward, but it is still a huge leap forward in dentistry. Instead of just replacing the crown of a tooth, a small titanium post is placed into the jawbone to support a new restoration just like a root. This approach offers several unique benefits:

  • Stability: Because implants are anchored within strong jawbone, patients never have to worry about their new teeth slipping no matter what they are eating.
  • Appearance: Implants don’t require any metal or acrylic attachments to keep them in place. They sit within the gum line just like real teeth and are topped with porcelain restorations, meaning they completely blend with the rest of the smile.
  • Bone Preservation: Dental implants are the only treatment that has been shown to stop and even reverse the bone loss that is common after tooth loss.
  • Reliable: With minimal maintenance, a dental implant can be trusted to last for decades on end.

Indications for Dental Implants

Animation of implant supported replacement tooth

In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, a patient needs a healthy mouth, stable overall health, and a thick enough jawbone to support the new roots. Our team can help someone if they are lacking any of these requirements. Once they have all been met, we can use the following restorations to help a patient reclaim their smile:

Missing Single Tooth

Instead of having to shave down the healthy teeth surrounding a missing one to secure a bridge, a single implant root and crown can be placed into the smile without disturbing the nearby dental structure, better preserving someone’s remaining teeth.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

Implant crowns can be placed throughout the mouth, or a small number of roots can provide support for a partial denture or bridge. Compared to regular dental prosthetics, implant-retained ones have a much stronger hold and can be trusted to last longer as well.

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Missing All Teeth

A custom-made full denture can be secured to the jawbone using as few as 2 implants; however four to six well-placed implants can provide you with the confidence and function you once had with your natural teeth. This is a much more cost-effective approach than replacing each tooth with an individual implant, and patients will also enjoy a stronger and more secure bite compared to a traditional removable prosthetic.

How Dental Implants Work

Animation of dental implant placement process

The dental implant procedure involves two main phases: placement and restoration. For the placement of the new roots into the jawbone, Dr. Fana will refer a patient to one of his partnered periodontists or oral surgeons. This ensures that someone will receive the highest quality care possible from a specialist who has performed the procedure countless times. Once a patient’s mouth has healed, they’ll return to Dr. Fana to have their new teeth attached to their implants. This collaborative approach guarantees a smooth process and fantastic results each and every time.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Man and woman during dental consultation

Because there are so many different ways dental implants can be used to help patients dealing with varying degrees of tooth loss, the overall cost of the procedure can fluctuate from patient to patient as well. Everything from the number of implants needed to the type of restoration used can influence the price. While dental implants are often more expensive than other traditional options, they are a solution that is designed to last for decades, and many patients are able to trust the same implants for the rest of their life. By comparison, traditional bridges and dentures typically need to be completely redone every five to seven years.

Dental Implant FAQs

You’re excited to rebuild a complete smile, but we also know you have several questions about dental implants in Savannah. Dr. Fana takes the time to explain the process and addresses your concerns, so you will feel confident about your decision to replace your missing teeth. To help ease your worries until it’s time for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we receive.

Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?

The long-term success of dental implants relies on your jawbone’s ability to support the posts and also remaining infection-free. As a result, you are not a candidate for dental implants if you have gum disease, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become one.

You will need to undergo periodontal therapy to treat the infection before you can have your placement surgery. You may also need additional procedures to repair any damage caused by the infection, like bone grafting.

How long will the process take?

It will take several months to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, but it is time well spent. Each phase of your treatment is necessary to ensure the long-term success of your new smile. You’ll begin with your initial consultation, and you may need specific procedures to create the right foundation for your dental implants. Afterward, you’re ready for your placement surgery.

Once your dental implants are in place, you’ll spend the next several months healing. Your jawbone will fuse to the posts through a process called osseointegration. Finally, you’ll undergo the restoration phase. Your abutments are placed on your implant posts to fit you with your custom-made prosthetic.

How many dentists will I need to see?

It’s common to need to see various specialists for each phase of the dental implant process, but not when choosing Compass Dental. Dr. Fana has undergone advanced training at the L.D. Pankey Institute. As a result, he can place the posts and restorations in-office. From start to finish, you will enjoy the care of one great dental team during your transformation process, including any tooth extractions you may need. 

Can dental implants fail?

Dental implants are the most reliable option to replace missing teeth because they have over a 95% success rate. Although it is rare, dental implants can fail. Most often it’s the result of an infection called peri-implantitis. It is caused by bacteria found in plaque buildup. You can reduce your risk of implant failure by maintaining your oral hygiene at home. Don’t forget to visit your dentist in Savannah at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.

If you notice any concerning signs in between regular appointments, such as your implant feeling loose or pain, do not wait to see your dentist. Quick detection and treatment can help reduce the risk of complete implant failure.

Still have questions?

Dr. Fana will take the time to ease your worries, so you are comfortable and relaxed during your journey to a complete smile. Take the first step by scheduling your consultation for dental implants.