Dr. Turner purchased the practice now known as Savannah Periodontics in 2008 and has provided Savannah residents with quality care utilizing state-of-the-art technology ever since.   She prides herself on spending time with her patients and providing them with all the options available to them.   Dr. Turner is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has also completed advanced training and certification in laser treatments.

Dr. Turner has lived and traveled throughout the US. She was born in New Port News, VA, and lived there until she was four years old.  She grew up in West Hartford, CT, and left to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ where she received a Bachelor of Science. She continued her graduate education at the Medical University of South Carolina earning her Doctor of Dental Medicine and completing her periodontal residency.

As an active member of the dental community, Dr. Turner engages with her dental peers by holding memberships in various professional organizations including the American Academy of Periodontology, the Georgia Dental Association, the Savannah Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Turner is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has also completed advanced training and certification in laser treatments to ensure that your recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible.

Dr. Turner spends time spoiling her rescue dogs, Minnie and Lilly. She also enjoys traveling, landscaping, and interior design. Next time you visit our office, take a closer look and see if you can spot Dr. Turner’s most unique feature.

Dental Implants in Savannah :

Are you missing one or more of your natural teeth? This loss can be difficult for anyone, resulting in diminished function, damaged oral health, and reduced self-confidence. In fact, many patients find it hard to find as many reasons to smile. While there are traditional restorative solutions out there for patients to choose from, they can be an unsatisfying and a pale imitation of your original, strong smile. While we can’t turn back the clock, the team at Savannah Periodontics is proud to offer a solution to your needs: dental implants. This revolutionary reconstructive option transforms your lacking smile in both health and cosmetic value. If you’d like to schedule an implant consultation with our expert doctors, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today.

Dental Implant Placement :

Are you working with your dentist on a treatment plan to restore one or more of your teeth with dental implants? For years, patients have been achieving great results with this exceptional restorative service. A traditional prosthetic, such as a bridge or denture may help you improve the esthetics of missing teeth, and to some extent the functionality of your smile, but only dental implants can produce fully lifelike results.

A full implant procedure is completed over the course of two phases. The first phase involves the surgical placement of one or more implant posts. These implant posts are made from a special biocompatible titanium metal that will fuse with the bone tissue in your jaw over time, creating a powerful bond that mimics the bond between the jaw and a natural root. This fusion of implant with bone is what enables dental implants to provide patients with a newly revitalized smile that looks and feels natural.

Although some general dentists place implants in their office, many dentists refer their patients to a periodontal office, where a specialist can complete the work. Both Dr. Gustin and Dr. Turner are board certified and have the advanced training and experience necessary to complete your implant placement. Dr. Turner and Gustin have sought out to develop relationships with the most talented general dentist’s in the Savannah area to insure that the restoration of the implants is done in a manner to produce the very best esthetic results.

If you have any questions about dental implants, we would love to help you. If you have been to see another doctor regarding implants and would like a second opinion, we would be happy to see you and provide a free consultation (DISCUSS). We are confident that we can provide you with the very best care available at a competitive price and can assist you with attractive financing options

Generally, implants have a 95% or better success rate, making them one of the most predictable treatments available in all of dentistry. Dr. Turner and Dr. Gustin are so confident in the latest implant technology, that they guarantee their implants for five years!

Mini-implants to secure full dentures :

There are some patients who aren’t candidates for traditional implants to anchor their dentures. If your teeth have been missing for several years and your jaw has become too narrow, mini-implants are a convenient way to secure your teeth, while avoiding expensive and lengthy bone grafting procedures. Recovery is minimal and they are less than half the cost of traditional implants.

Most patients who opt for mini-implants have a poorly fitting lower denture. Upper dentures tend to have more of a “suction” effect and adhesives are more effective in this area. Lower dentures are more difficult to keep seated because of the movement of the tongue and cheeks.

During the procedure, two, three, or four implants are placed evenly around the jaw. Two implants will help secure the front part of the denture, which is typically the most mobile. Four implants will provide the most stability, much like the four legs of a chair and will also keep the back of the denture from lifting up while you eat. Following the placement, small attachments will be added to the inside surface of your denture. These attachments snap onto the tops of the implants to provide a much firmer and secure fit and allow you to remove the denture as needed. Not only will mini-implants allow you to chew better, but you’ll have more confidence that your teeth won’t slip while you’re talking or laughing!

All-on-Four Dental Implants :

Often used to replace dentures or missing teeth, the branded procedure All-on-4 uses four titanium dental implants to anchor the upper or lower jaw. This procedure is similar to the mini-implant concept, but larger implants are used. Also, on the day of your surgery, a temporary denture is placed over the implants and secured with screws. With this technology, your denture cannot be removed but a small space will be left open underneath for cleaning. After three months, your general dentist will have a new denture made that is reinforced by a custom titanium bar, concealed within the denture. This provides a strong foundation for the prosthetic teeth.

Two key elements significantly reduce your treatment complexity, number of surgeries, and the overall treatment time: Tilting of the back two implants avoids the need for time-consuming bone grafting procedures, while immediately loading the denture onto your implants shortens time to teeth. You are able to achieve immediate function with great esthetic results.

If you still have questions about either of these implant reinforcing procedures, call our office for a consult so we can help you enjoy eating and smiling again!

Extractions :

Patients can require an extraction for a variety of reasons. For some patients, the reason may be linked to an oral health problem like gum disease or tooth decay. For others, the extraction of one or more teeth may be necessary prior to treatment with braces or some kind of custom-made prosthetic, like a denture. It’s also important to have the wisdom teeth removed before they have an opportunity to erupt. Leaving the wisdom teeth where they are can increase the chances of painful problems like crowding, impaction or infection.

At Savannah Periodontics, we recognize that extractions are often needed on an emergency basis due to infection or fracture, which can cause pain and swelling and we are prepared to help you on short notice. We have opted not to double book patients and overload our doctor’s schedules so that we are there for you when you need us.

Bone Grafting :

In addition to facing loss of gum tissue, patients with advanced periodontal disease also experience bone loss. As bacteria accumulates around your teeth causing inflammation, the gum tissue and bone shrink away from the harmful toxins released by the bacteria. As you lose this protective attachment of gum tissue, pockets will form between your teeth and gums. If this process isn’t reversed, it can eventually lead to tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the number one reason for adult tooth loss.

But gum disease isn’t the only reason for bone loss. Tooth loss itself can cause the jawbone to atrophy. This kind of tooth loss can make it difficult for some patients who are missing one or more teeth to consider dental implants. To be a candidate for implant dentistry, you must have a dense enough jaw to support the implantation of one or more implant posts.

Thankfully, bone loss can be addressed with grafting procedures. During a bone graft, bone tissue taken from the patient’s body or from a tissue bank will be placed where it’s needed. A dissolvable membrane is also inserted to keep the bone graft and the gum tissue that covers it separate during the regeneration process.

The exact type of procedure we recommend will depend on your needs. Our Savannah team will complete a comprehensive exam beforehand to determine exactly how we can help you. From there, we’ll explain our findings and talk to you about what you can expect from the procedure. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to let us know. We believe our patients should have a full understanding of any procedure they may have done.

Sinus Augmentation :

Have you been told that you’re not a candidate for dental implants because your sinus is too low or you don’t have enough bone? At Savannah Periodontics, we offer a specialized bone grafting solution known as sinus augmentation that builds bone while gently lifting your sinus away from the implant site.

During your sinus augmentation, the doctor will add bone grafting material to your upper jaw, near your molars and premolars, just beneath your sinus. As part of this process, we’ll need to gently lift your sinus membrane to make room for this added material. As a result, this procedure may also be called a sinus lift. In most cases, the implant(s) can be placed at the same time as the sinus lift. More advanced cases may require a several month healing period prior to implant placement.

Would you like to learn more about sinus augmentation or implant dentistry? We would be happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation visit for you. Call us today!

Q Can periodontal disease affect my overall health?

The short answer to this question is yes. When left untreated, periodontal disease can eventually increase your vulnerability to a range of serious health problems. Some of the most common include:

Heart disease
Pre-term delivery, or low-birth weight delivery in pregnant women

Q What’s the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

Gingivitis is an early form of periodontal disease. Patients struggling with it may notice some bleeding when they brush, or they may experience some redness or inflammation. In other cases, though, there may be no visible symptoms at all. This is why routine care with a dentist is so essential. With your dentist’s advanced training, gingivitis can often be diagnosed and reversed very simply.

Periodontitis, on the other hand, is a more advanced form of periodontal disease. Patients struggling with it will require more advanced care, possibly even surgery. While gingivitis can often be reversed, periodontitis can only be controlled. It cannot be cured.

Q What are scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing are a pair of non-surgical procedures used to help patients remove bacterial plaque and tartar from pockets that have formed between the teeth and gums.

Q Do you offer any cosmetic services?

Yes, we do! Our Savannah office is happy to offer a cosmetic service known as esthetic crown lengthening.

When you look at your teeth in the mirror, do they seem short or stubby? The good news is they aren’t actually short; you just have too much gum tissue around your teeth. With esthetic crown lengthening, we can help you remove this tissue, unveiling a fuller and more confident smile.

Q Do you place implants?

Dr. Turner and Dr. Gustin are proud to offer implant placement for patients in and around Savannah.

Q What if dental implants aren’t right for me?

While you may not currently be a candidate for dental implants, that doesn’t mean you never will be. With a sinus augmentation or another kind of bone grafting procedure, we can help patients restore essential bone tissue to their jaw, improving their candidacy for dental implants.

Q What’s the difference between traditional dental implants and All-on-4s?

Traditional implants are versatile enough to help patients replace everything from a single tooth to a full row of teeth. All-on-4s, on the other hand, are designed to replace just a full row of teeth using only four implants, two of which are inserted at an angle for added stability. Patients who are not candidates for treatment with traditional implants may be able to restore their smile with All-on-4s instead.

Q I’m nervous about my appointment. Do you offer sedation dentistry?

Yes, we do! We offer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation to help our patients have the most comfortable and relaxing treatment experience possible.

Q Do you offer laser therapy for periodontal disease?

Our Savannah office is proud to use the PerioLase dental laser to provide patients with efficient and non-invasive care for periodontitis.

Q Should I be screened for oral cancer?

We recommend routine oral cancer screenings for all patients, because in too many cases oral cancer isn’t diagnosed until it’s already reached a well-developed stage. At this point, a successful treatment is statistically unlikely. Our goal, with an oral cancer screening, is to diagnose the disease as early as possible, when a full recovery is more likely.

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