Top Rated Implant Dentist at Greystone Smile Design in the Hoover/Highway 280 area of Birmingham, AL
Birmingham Dental Implant Dentist
Dr. Buchanan has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a Dental Implant Dentist.
Dr. Trent Buchanan received his Comprehensive Implant Residency Program 4 (CIRP4) certificate in 2013 for continuing education in dental implants. He remains at the forefront of implant dentistry and is the preferred implant dentist in Birmingham and Hoover for many happy patients.
Dr. Buchanan was recently published in the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry and also holds the prestigious Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. Only 6% of General Dentists in the USA & Canada have earned their AGD Fellowship.
He is also one of only a few local dentists who provide Sedation Dentistry for a pain-free & relaxing dental implant procedure. Plus he offers a wide range of dental implant procedures including single tooth implants, implants for dentures, hybrid implants, All-On-4 or 6, snap in dentures, full arch implants and full mouth reconstruction.
Greystone Smile Design is conveniently located just 15 minutes Southeast of downtown Birmingham with free parking. For those seeking dental implants in Vestavia Hills, Homewood & Meadowbrook, Dr. Buchanan at Greystone Smile Design is worth the short drive from surrounding communities.
Dr. Buchanan is at the forefront of dental implant technology offering 3D Cone Beam scans for high-precision dental implant planning.
First Steps To Your Implants At Greystone Smile Design:
- Conduct your no cost consultation
Use code word (website) when scheduling appointment (we normally charge $50 for a consult).
- Schedule your examination
A deposit is due when scheduling examination to reserve appointment.
- Perform your comprehensive exam
3D CT scan (and any other x-rays as necessary) and complete review of mouth (teeth, gums, jaw bone, bite, etc).
- Review our findings and discuss your options
Fill out our easy registration forms online:
The necessary forms for your dental implant procedure at our dental practice can be filled out online. Save time and visit our secure Online Registration Portal at your convenience or complete the required forms at our office prior to your appointment.
Implant Supported Dentures
False teeth are false teeth, right? Not exactly. There are a few options available for replacing teeth, and dentures retained with dental implants are becoming the standard of care — and for good reason.
Regular dentures can rub against the gums, and they have nothing to hold them in place — especially in the lower jaw. Because there are no teeth or implants to stimulate it, the bone shrinks, and chewing can become close to impossible.
But implant-supported dentures draw strength from the bone. They aren’t meant to rest on the gums; but instead the bone anchors them in place. This gives them added strength and prevents them from slipping. In addition, dental implants also stimulate the bone, and as a result, the bone is far less likely to resorb or shrink or create any sore spots.
The length of the implant process will depend on many factors, but usually ranges from between five months to a year.
Mini implants are placed in the jaw and anchored firmly in the surrounding bone. Then attachments are placed in the underside of the denture that connect to the implants. The denture is then snapped onto the implants, keeping it stable and secure.
There are many benefits to implant-supported dentures, including:
- More confidence. You’ll never have to worry about your false teeth slipping out when you talk, laugh, and eat in public.
- Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable because they are secure and feel like natural teeth.
- Less gum tissue irritation.
- A more natural look than conventional dentures.
- An improved long-term appearance because implant-supported dentures prevent jaw shrinkage and bone loss.
- No need to use denture adhesives.
All-on-4 | Teeth-in-a-Day
A relatively new treatment called the All-on-4 Dental Implant Procedure uses four implants on the top and four on the bottom, to which a fixed full-arch restoration are connected.
For the patient who has deteriorating teeth and needs dentures, this is as close as you can get to your natural teeth. The fixed full-arch restorations are FIXED in place, meaning you can’t take them in and out.
For the patient who already has dentures, it’s like having your teeth back again. Also, the plastic is removed from the roof of your mouth. Now, you can eat your favorite foods, like steak or corn on the cob, and actually taste it!
Teeth in a day?
Here’s the beauty of this technique. The back 2 implants are angulated to maximize your existing bone and almost eliminate bone grafts and the months of healing time. You can actually have the implants placed (under sedation) and have your teeth attached to the implants all in the same day. If you are one whose teeth are hopeless, the majority of the time, we can remove the teeth, place the implants, and attach the fixed full-arch restoration all in the same day! You come in with the smile you dislike so much, and you leave with a total smile transformation!
The All-on-4 Implant Procedure is a revolutionary advancement in the treatment of missing teeth. It lets you regain your oral health and function – and gives you a new beautiful smile that you’ve always dreamed about!
Costs of Dental Implants
*dental implants prices are exclusive of any insurance plans, which may alter cost
(snap in denture)
(snap in denture)
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(snap in denture) -- Patient Removable Implant Bridge
(stays in place like teeth & does not come out)
The cause of your missing tooth or teeth could have been an accident or lost to a disease, but whatever the reason the fact of the matter is that you have to replace them. Dental implants are the best option and a lifelong investment in your smile. Here at Greystone Smile Design, we want you to get the treatment you deserve. We are happy to meet with you to discuss dental implants, including the procedure, the costs and dental implant insurance coverage during your consultation with us at our Hoover area office.
Many other offices take several months and even over a year for dental implants to be completed. At Greystone Smile Design, we use advanced techniques and modern technology to get your dentistry completed for you quickly. However, this operation does require time and focus. Materials, implants, crowns, and other factors make up the price that you pay.
Dental implants are becoming more popular today for a number of reasons. Implants are utilized to offer patients a foundation for new restorative teeth where natural teeth are missing or have been extracted. The implant offers the patient the opportunity to regain normal function of the tooth without being forced to resort to a bridge or a denture. If an implant can be placed, it is always the treatment of choice for missing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- The implant will osseointegrate (fuse) with the existing bone.
- The new implant will support your teeth firmly and safely.
- Your new implants are aesthetically pleasing.
- You will no longer have pain during talking or eating.
- The dental implant will prevent progressive bone loss.
- Implants have a proven scientific basis.
Dental Implant Procedure
The tooth structure has two main sections, the root and the crown. The root is the section of the tooth that is below the gumline. A dental implant acts as the restoration for this section of the tooth. The first step of the procedure is surgical placement of the implant. Under regular dental anesthetic, the gum tissue is opened and the dentist places the implant into the jawbone. When this is achieved, the tissue is then sutured closed.
This implant will be left untreated for a period of 3 to 6 months. During this time, the bone will grow around the implant in a process called osseointegration. A temporary crown may be utilized during this time period to allow for chewing and to preserve the cosmetic appearance.
The next step in the process is to attach an abutment to the tooth. This is achieved by exposing the top of the implant and placing the abutment. This is the part of the implant that will support the final crown.
Finally, an impression is taken of the implant and a final restoration is crafted. This restoration will be comfortable and cosmetically pleasing. Your completed implant will be fully functional, allowing you to resume normal activities!
Dental Implant Placement Planning Software
The technology of dental implants has greatly improved in recent years. The latest advancements are in the area of implant placement, and Greystone Smile Design is proud to offer this cutting-edge treatment. Below is a description of Greystone Smile Design’s implant placement protocol using a surgical guide from a three dimensional xray.
Planning Phase: A Cone Beam 3D CT Scan is taken along with an impression – super easy – takes about 20 minutes.
Using our implant placement planning software, an implant is virtually placed in the desired location. This means that we can virtually place the implant on a computer using the exact dimensions of the implant, placed in the exact location, at the exact angle, and at the exact depth. This is as exact as it can get. This information is then sent to our lab where they print a 3D surgical guide based off of our virtual rendering.
Surgical Phase: The 3D surgical guide is used to duplicate the exact virtual placement. It’s not just a guide to assist with the placement; it’s a guide to duplicate the virtual placement. The 3D surgical guide is made to correlate with our implant placement kit. The guide makes sure each drill sequence is angle controlled and depth controlled. The result is absolute perfect placement of the dental implant.
And – it’s super easy – takes about 30 minutes.