While tooth replacement has been available for a long time, nothing in the past quite stacks up to the most modern and advanced solution — dental implants. Dental implants have become a highly recommended and popular option for replacing missing teeth because, with their help, patients receive all the benefits of having their own natural teeth back. Southeastern Dental Care offers dental implant restorations, and with them, we can help virtually anyone reclaim their complete, healthy smile. To see if dental implants are right for you, give us a call today to schedule your consultation.
Natural teeth are made up of two parts. There’s the shiny white crown that you see when you smile, and there are the roots hidden under the gumline that hold it in place. Traditional tooth replacement options like dentures and dental bridges only go so far as to replace the crowns of missing teeth. Without a supportive root structure, these options are far less comfortable and functional than home-grown pearly whites.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are designed to replace the entire structure of a missing tooth with an implant post and a restoration. The dental implant itself is a small, screw-shaped titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone where the roots of a missing tooth once were. This effectively replaces them and provides a strong foundation for the restoration it supports. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, this beautiful, custom-made restoration may be a crown, bridge, or denture. When you rebuild missing teeth from the roots up with dental implants, the end result is a smile that looks, feels, and functions, just like natural!
We are partnered with local experts who have all the experience and training necessary to perform the dental implant placement surgery. They do so with precision and a strong focus on minimizing the risk of complications. After you undergo your surgery, you will come back to our office, where we will design and place the final restorations for your implants. This team-based approached to implant care ensures that you are receiving the highest possible quality of service at every stage of your tooth replacement journey.
Some of the most significant benefits of dental implants include:
No matter how many teeth you are missing, dental implants may be the ideal treatment for you. They are quite versatile and can be used to replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or even an entire smile.
To replace a single lost tooth, one dental implant will be inserted into the jawbone. After it has had some time to bond with the surrounding tissue, a single crown will be placed on top of it to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth.
If your missing teeth are all adjacent to one another, an implant bridge may be perfect for you. This type of prosthetic has two implant-supported crowns, which go on opposite ends of the empty space. The crowns support 1 – 3 artificial teeth between them.
If you have lost all or most of your teeth, we may recommend that you receive an implant denture. This type of prosthetic can be permanently attached to a number of strategically placed dental implants. Or, it may be removable and simply “snap” onto and off of the dental implants.
There are various factors that can influence the total cost of dental implants, including the number of implants needed and the exact nature of the final restoration. During your consultation, we will give you an estimate of the costs associated with the road ahead of you. Although dental implants present a higher upfront cost than other tooth replacement options, they are well worth the price. Their outstanding longevity and stability make them an investment that you will never regret.
Even after reading over this page, we’re sure you still have some important questions regarding dental implants. Not to worry, because we’re more than ready to answer them! You’ll find our responses to some popular questions below, and you’re always welcome to give us a call if you would like to know more about something that we haven’t covered here.
Thankfully, no! The jawbone does not have a lot of nerve endings, plus the treatment area is thoroughly numbed before the procedure. Most patients describe feeling a little pressure throughout the treatment, but nothing that resembles pain. Some slight swelling and bleeding are common for the first few days afterward, but these can usually be easily managed and go away on their own.
The average lifespan of a dental implant is 35 years, though they can endure much longer with routine maintenance. Thankfully, this isn’t complicated. All a patient has to do is brush and floss their teeth daily as well as attend regular checkups. Many patients never have any issues with their implants from the day they get them!
You will need to take the day of the placement surgery off as well as the day after, as this will ensure the healing process begins properly. Most patients are able to resume their normal routine after this period, but if someone’s job is particularly physically demanding, they may require more time off. This is because moving around too much can interfere with the blood clot needed for a surgery site to heal.
Yes, but smoking or regularly using any kind of tobacco product has been shown to increase the risk of implant failure. This is why a patient will be asked to quit for at least two weeks before their implant placement surgery. Ideally, after surgery, they should abstain from tobacco for at least 2-3 months to ensure a smooth healing process. We can offer a patient multiple strategies on how to quit to make this much easier in order to safeguard the long-term viability of their new teeth.
If a patient has their diabetes under control, then their risk of implant failure should be minimal, similar to non-diabetic patients. For those with uncontrolled diabetes, however, the chances of complications are much higher. Our team can work with a patient and coordinate with their primary doctor to properly manage their diabetes so that the implant placement surgery is both safe and successful.