Dental Implants in Charlotte & Harrisburg, NC
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. They play a major role in how your smile looks and they provide you with the invaluable ability to chew your food. If you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, it is vital for your oral health that you get them replaced. Dental implants are a permanent, popular solution for tooth replacement. Schedule your dental implant consultation today!contact us
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant procedure is a two-part process and takes place
over the course of several weeks.
Dental Implant Placement
The implant is made of a small titanium post that is surgically installed into your jawbone. Titanium is a biocompatible material that will fuse with your jawbone over time. The implant will act as your replacement tooth root for your restoration.
Once your jawbone has completely healed, we can attach a connective structure called an abutment. This abutment will hold the replacement tooth or crown onto the post. Your restoration will be meticulously crafted to match the shade, shape, and size of your other teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Eliminate the need for dental adhesives
- Help prevent bone deterioration
- Maintain facial structure and symmetry
- Prevent your other teeth from moving out of place
- Provide a permanent solution for missing teeth
Candidates for Dental Implants
If you are missing at least one tooth, then you may be a candidate for dental implants. One of the most important factors of implant dentistry is the health of your jawbone and gums. If your jawbone density is insufficient or the gums aren’t healthy enough, the implant won’t be able to heal as needed. In some instances, a bone graft may be performed to better increase your dental implant candidacy. Ultimately, a consultation with our team will be the only way to determine the best tooth replacement option for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will getting dental implants hurt?
Our team does everything we can to keep you comfortable throughout the process. We will ensure you have the right amount of anesthesia for the procedure and detailed aftercare instructions to provide you with a smooth recovery process.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants can last for more than 15 years if taken care of properly. However, the dental restoration attached to your implant may need some adjustments before then.
How do I care for my dental implant?
All you need to do is strive to maintain your oral health by brushing and flossing twice and day and visiting our office 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 which can lead to varying procedure times. It also depends on how many dental implants we are placing. For reference, it usually takes us around 30 to 45 minutes to place a single implant.
How long does it take for the implant to heal and the crown placed?
The entire 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 restoration can be placed. The healing time to fuse the implant varies from patient to patient, but we’ll be able to provide you with a more accurate timeline during your initial consultation.