The grandson of a dentist, Dr. John Hamel began his career in dentistry in 1975, earning a degree in dental laboratory technology while attending college in upstate New York. After accepting a position in a dental lab in New Hampshire, he pursued a career as a dental ceramist, specializing in porcelain restorations until 1979, at which time he entered dental school.
Dr. Hamel attended Syracuse University, receiving a BA degree in biology in 1981. He was then accepted into the Emory School of Dentistry and received his doctorate of dental surgery degree in 1985.
Dr. Hamel has also attended the Baylor University of Contemporary Aesthetic Diagnosis and Treatment in Dallas, and he has completed the Masters Aesthetic Course at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Dr. Hamel has also trained at the Institute for Oral Art and Design.
He can provide patients with dental care not only to maintain the health of their teeth, but also to create a dramatic transformation in their overall appearance. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Hamel views dentistry as a blend of art and technology, not only as an avenue to provide good oral health, but as an opportunity to create beautiful, natural smiles. He strengthens his knowledge every year by attending continuing education courses in order to stay up to date on the latest advances and techniques in dentistry.
Missing teeth are a problem faced by over 100 million Americans right now, but thankfully, dentistry has developed a replacement that is virtually identical to nature: dental implants. This is the one treatment option that actually restores an entire tooth both above and below the gum line, and now you can get them right here in Acworth thanks to Dr. John Hamel. Whether you are missing a single tooth or a few, he can use them to help you reclaim your smile for a lifetime. To get started, contact us today for an appointment.
Dental Implant Placement :
Unlike many other dentists in the area, Dr. Hamel is able to perform the entire implant procedure from beginning to end. Typically, the entire process consists of two main phases: placement and restoration.
Placement entails positioning a tiny post within the jawbone to mimic the root structure of a missing tooth. This post can be made of either titanium or a high-quality ceramic depending on a patient’s needs. This is a minor surgical procedure, but thanks to modern-day dental techniques and Dr. Hamel’s experience, our patients report feeling very little discomfort either during or after placement.
Once this is completed, a patient will be given a few months to heal, during which time the biocompatible implants will literally fuse to the surrounding bone, making them the perfect foundation for a patient’s new teeth.
Missing One Tooth?
For a patient who is missing a single tooth, an implant-retained crown can be used to restore the dental structure conservatively above the gum line. The crown will be crafted from high-quality, biocompatible porcelain materials and attached to a connector known as an “abutment” that holds it in securely in place over the implant, providing reliable support. The crown fit in right in alongside natural teeth and won’t require any significant reduction of the patient’s natural smile, which is ideal.
Missing Several Teeth?
For a patient who is missing multiple teeth in a row, an implant-retained bridge may be the right choice for reconstruction. One dental implant will be placed on either side of the gap within the patient’s mouth. These implants serve as “anchors” that are then attached to the bridge itself, creating a lifelike, sturdy result that functions as well as natural teeth. This option is much better for whole-body wellbeing than traditional bridges, which require natural teeth to be filed down to accommodate their placement.
Missing All Teeth?
Even patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth can be viable candidates for dental implants. Implant-retained dentures are available, which can come in full or partial models. This type of prosthetic is most cost-effective on average, as it will be able to attach to a small number of strategic implants instead of requiring one new implant per missing tooth. Depending on the patient’s oral health and personal preferences, their new denture can be permanently fixed in place or kept removable.
What Do Dental Implants Cost?
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, their benefits, and their cost, Dr. Hamel strongly encourages you to schedule a consultation here at Biologic Dentistry. Once he has assessed your specific condition and reconstructive needs, he and his team will be able to provide a much more confident price for the procedure. Every case is different, and there are several factors that can influence the cost of dental implants, such as the number of missing teeth, the type of restorations we craft, and if any oral health problems are present that must be addressed before treatment can begin.
Holistic/biologic dentistry is an approach to dental care that keeps in mind the strong connection between oral and overall health. Basically, any treatment/ailment that occurs in the mouth can directly affect the body, and vice versa. By always keeping this link in mind, Dr. Hamel is able to better protect our patients overall health in addition to taking care of their smiles.
Yes! We’re able to treat entire families here in Acworth, including their littlest smiles. Many of our team members are parents themselves, so we’ll know just how to keep your child comfortable in addition to providing the care that their growing smile needs.
Yes. Whenever we start treating a new patient, no matter their age, we do what is called biocompatible testing to see which dental materials are okay to use and which ones could be potentially harmful. This enables us to avoid many pitfalls children will experience with other dentists, because by taking a bit of extra time, we’re able to discover what works best for a child before we actually apply any treatments, keeping everyone happier and healthier in the process.
Yes, our practice actually specializes in safely removing and replacing old mercury-laden fillings with tooth-colored biocompatible ones. We take every measure to reduce a patient’s exposure to mercury during this process, helping to safeguard their overall health and give them peace of mind at the same time.
While we offer a multitude of options that can replace any number of missing teeth, by far the most complete one is dental implants. They are actually the only treatment that restores an entire tooth from root to crown, creating a result that is virtually indistinguishable from nature. Dr. Hamel is able to offer complete implant care right here in Acworth, making it easier than ever for locals to rebuild their smiles.
Yes! With porcelain veneers, we can help you get rid of chips, cracks, gaps, and stains all at the same time. This treatment is completely custom-made for each patient to help them accomplish their specific smile goals, and thanks to Dr. Hamel’s artistic eye and experienced touch, he can make your dream smile become a reality in just two to three appointments.
Yes, our practice is happy to accept a long list of dental insurance plans. We’ll even file the claim for you to ensure that you’re maximizing your benefits at every visit. To learn how we can use your particular plan to help you save, contact us today.