Dental implants may be ideal to restore your smile.
Wondering about implants in Arden, North Carolina? Are you missing one or more teeth? If dental implants are right for you, Arden Dental Group’s Dr. Deines, Dr. Huffman and Dr. Clark will ensure that they fit your mouth comfortably and aesthetically.
Dental implants are permanent, stable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth or all of the teeth. They are made of two parts, the post and the replacement tooth. The post is made of titanium. It is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. Because of the placement in the jawbone, the implant functions like the missing tooth root and ensures that your dental restoration is stable. Arden Dental Group works with local surgeons to place our patients’ posts in preparation for the restoration that we will complete.
Next a period of healing often is required, because the bone needs to bond with the post. Following this healing period, our dentist will place the replacement tooth. This fits on top of the implant post. Depending on which teeth are missing, your implant restoration might be a dental crown, dental bridge, complete denture or partial denture. Each dental restoration is custom made to fit your smile exactly.
Because implants look just like your teeth, replacing a missing tooth can restore your smile to optimal health, function and appearance. This is a great option for restoring your smile because the dental restoration is designed to look, function and feel just like your natural teeth. With proper care, this treatment can last a lifetime.
A Short History of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great option for replacing missing teeth, because they look and feel like natural teeth. It wasn’t always that way: Centuries ago, dental implants were simply pieces of white shells or carved rocks like jade. These pieces were hammered into the mouth, hopefully to fill the space left behind by a missing tooth. Sometimes these primitive implants actually fused to the jawbone, but the process can’t have been pleasant. Thankfully, much has changed since then!
Over the last 30 years, advances in science have impacted the dental community tremendously. Our services include custom dental implants that are meticulously fitted for each individual. Not only that, they are made of specialized material. The implant material actually promotes bone growth, enhancing the strength and lifespan of the dental implant itself.
What If You Need a Bone Graft?
After the damaged tooth is removed, we’ll take a look at your jawbone and see if it is ready for surgery. Sometimes a bone graft is needed to build up the jawbone enough to support the implant if there has been bone loss. If it is, then you’ll need some time for the healing process before we move on to the next step of dental implant surgery.
Once the jawbone is ready, the titanium implant is surgically placed into the jawbone and the healing process begins. This may take a few months, after which our dentist will attach the abutment — a metal extension of the implant’s post that is used as a connector between the post and replacement tooth (crown). The abutment can be built into or placed on top of the dental implant.
Finally, a custom tooth is made to seamlessly match your other teeth and placed upon the top of the implant connector. With good oral hygiene, your crown will have a strong foundation for many years to come!
Dental Implant Options
The three most common types of dental implant placement options include:
Single Tooth Replacement
Multiple Tooth Replacement
Full Mouth Replacement
Dental implants are also commonly used to keep full mouth dentures and partial mouth dentures firmly in place. Once dentures are anchored by a dental implant, they stay in place much better and don’t require any additional adhesive. After dental implant placement, many patients report their dentures being much more comfortable and easier to care for.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a safe, long-term solution that comes with a lot of benefits. They can replace missing teeth or help keep dentures firmly in place, helping to restore your confidence and comfort! missing tooth or teeth and keeping a denture from moving around, dental implants will restore comfort and confidence. Now, that is definitely something to smile about!
If you have a lost tooth or teeth, you probably already know how beneficial it would be to have dental implants. Don’t hesitate! We offer dental implants in Arden, and can assist you with all of your specialized dental implant needs. Schedule your consultation now so we can show you how much having dental implants can improve your everyday life!