Teeth are often taken for granted when they are healthy. It’s not until you lose one that you realize just how important each and every tooth is. Teeth are a major contributor for how great your smile looks, and they provide you with the invaluable action of chewing food. If you lose a tooth, it is vital for your oral health that you get it replaced, and dental implants are one of the best ways to permanently replace teeth. Dr. McNeely provides implant dentistry to the Charlotte and Harrisburg areas.
A tooth implant will give your smile the natural look and feel you are accustomed to. The dental implant procedure is a rather simple one that requires two steps:
Placement of the dental implant:
The implant is made of a small titanium post that is surgically installed into your jaw. Titanium is a biocompatible material that will fuse with your jaw once it heals. The implant will act as the root for your new crown and will be extremely strong.
The placement of the crown:
Once your jaw has healed, Dr. McNeely will place the replacement tooth, or crown, onto the post. Your crown will be meticulously crafted to match the shade, fit, and size of your other teeth. The result will be a naturally looking replacement tooth that will last a lifetime if properly cared for!
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The Benefits of Dental Implants:
- Keeps your other teeth from moving out of place
- Helps prevent bone deterioration
- No adhesive needed
- Maintains facial structure and symmetry
- Permanent solution for missing teeth
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing at least one tooth, then yes you are a candidate for tooth implants! One of the most important factors of implant dentistry is the health of the gums. If the gums aren’t healthy enough, then the implant won’t be able to heal as strongly as needed and you may have to go a different route to replace your tooth. Ultimately, a consultation with Dr. McNeely will be the only way to know for sure!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will getting dental implants hurt?
Dr. McNeely will ensure you have the right amount of anesthesia for the procedure so you won’t feel any pain. You will be a little sore from the implant when you go home, but usually over the counter medication is strong enough to counteract the soreness.
How long do they last?
Dental implants can last for more than 20 years if taken care of properly. Your crown is likely to need replacement before your implant does, and your Charlotte and Harrisburg dentist can easily take care of that for you!
How do I care for my dental implant?
All you need to do is simply maintain your routine oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice and day and a visit with Dr. McNeely every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup! Treat your tooth implant just like you would the rest of your teeth and you will be in great shape!
How long does the procedure take to place the implant?
Every patient is different, and if you need more than one that will take longer, but a normal dental implant usually take less than an hour to place.
How long does it take for the implant to heal and the crown placed?
The whole process from start to finish can take anywhere from 2 to 9 months time, depending on your treatment plan. Once the implant is fused with your jaw, the replacement crown can be placed. The healing time to fuse the implant varies from patient to patient, and Dr. McNeely would be able to give you a better timeline after a consultation.
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