Improve Your Oral Health and Functionality with Dental Implants
Dr. Michael McCartney provides patients with comprehensive care for dental implants procedures at our Adel, GA, office. He can perform a variety of specialized procedures, such as implant-supported bridges, All-on-4® dental implants, and conversion from traditional to implant-supported dentures. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone, as well as an abutment piece to which your restorations attach. The implants fuse to the jawbone, which creates the permanent and stable foundation to secure bridges and dentures. They are highly recommended for the oral health and functionality benefits they provide.
Your Dental Implant Options
Dr. McCartney offers a wide range of dental implant options based on your specific needs. He uses OsteoReady® dental implants for greater quality and precision. Implant-supported bridges, All-on-4® implants, and dental implant conversion from traditional dentures to implant-supported are all offered at our office. While the majority of dentists refer the surgical placement of the implants out to a different provider, Dr. McCartney has the training to provide all your treatment, including any preparatory procedures you may need, right in our office.
When multiple teeth in a row are missing, a bridge is required to fill that gap and prevent movement of the surrounding teeth. Traditional bridges are secured with crowns covering the adjacent healthy teeth. An implant-supported bridge, however, does not affect the structure of the remaining healthy teeth. Instead, the bridge is secured to the dental implants. This not only prevents tooth movement, but it prevents bone loss as well.
The implants fuse to the jawbone, which creates the permanent and stable foundation to secure bridges and dentures.
All-on-4® Implant Method
The All-on-4® treatment method can support a full upper or lower denture with just four implants. The strategic placement of the implants makes this method viable for patients lacking bone density.
If you currently wear traditional dentures, don’t rule out dental implants as an option. Dr. McCartney can place dental implants and modify your existing dentures to affix to the implants. This can save you the cost of a brand new-restoration and provide more stability for your dentures.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Regardless of the option you and Dr. McCartney choose, the placement process is the same. Once you are cleared for dental implant surgery and have undergone any necessary preparatory procedures, Dr. McCartney will develop your treatment plan. This will include creating precise surgical guides for the placement of the implants. When you come in for surgery, we will completely numb the treatment area for your comfort. We also offer options in sedation dentistry so that you can completely relax.
Once you are comfortable, Dr. McCartney will create the pilot holes in your jawbone to house the implants. Each implant is then inserted into the separate holes like a screw. After the implants are in place, your incisions are sutured. The osseointegration process, or the fusion of implants with your jawbone, can take three to six months. If necessary, Dr. McCartney can provide you with a temporary restoration during this time.
Once the implants have successfully fused with the jawbone, Dr. McCartney will uncover the implants and attach custom-made abutments to them. The abutments are the pieces your final restoration will attach to. We will take impressions to create your final crown, bridge or denture. If you are converting your traditional dentures, Dr. McCartney can make the necessary modifications. When you restoration is ready, he will secure it in place. Once this is complete, you can enjoy full dental function.
Superior Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer greater benefits than traditional restorations. Most importantly, they stop bone loss, which helps preserve your facial structure as well as any remaining teeth. Because they are permanently implanted in the bone, restorations are tremendously secure and stable. You can eat whatever you want and chew with comfort. Implant-supported restorations look and feel extremely natural. You will enjoy greater confidence with a dental restoration that you know will never slip or shift around when you eat, speak, or smile. For these reasons, the majority of patients feel that the cost of dental implants are well worth the investment.
If you are missing some or all of your teeth and are interested in this advanced restorative option, Dr. McCartney can provide a candidacy evaluation and explain your options in detail. Contact our office to schedule a consultation today.
“Adel Dental Associates is here to provide comprehensive, family-oriented care in a comfortable environment with a team that makes dental visits fun.” - Dr. McCartney