Losing a tooth to trauma or disease is an emotional experience. Not only does it impact your appearance, but tooth loss can also make it hard to speak normally and to eat the foods you love. Leaving a gap between teeth also leads to a chain reaction of oral health issues – shifting teeth, a misaligned bite, and exposed roots.
Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
At Swansboro Family Dentistry, we help patients regain their confidence and eat their favorite foods again with the gold standard of tooth replacement – dental implants.
Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root. Because the root helps to stimulate bone and prevent bone loss, dental implants are frequently the top choice for dentists.
Dental implants consist of three main parts:
- Implant post
- Abutment, or attachment
- Custom dental crown
Precise planning is essential to the success of dental implants, which can replace a single missing tooth or an entire arch of teeth. Dental implants can also secure dentures and support dental bridges to replace a number of teeth at once.
In most cases, dental implant treatment takes several months, but our patients are so pleased with their results, they believe it is well worth the wait.
How the Dental Implant Process Works
Dental implants will be an option available to most healthy patients. We need to verify that you have enough healthy bone to support the dental implant post and sustain the load from chewing. If adequate bone exists, bone grafting can open the door to just about anyone who wants to complete their smiles with dental implants, and does not always require additional surgical appointments.
A full medical history will help us make recommendations that will suit your needs and support your overall health.
We work closely with some of the finest oral surgeons and specialist periodontists to surgically place your dental implant and will stay in constant communication with them throughout your treatment and follow-up care.
Once the surgery is complete, we wait approximately 4-6 months for the full integration of the implant. During this time, your dental implant will fuse to your jawbone and become a stable part of your smile.
After healing, we will place a custom dental implant crown to complete your smile and open the door to enjoying all the foods you love!
In addition to replacing a single missing tooth, dental implants can support dentistry such as bridges, to replace multiple teeth for an economical and stable solution to achieve a complete and healthy smile again.
Interested in Dental Implants?
We offer dental implant evaluations in our Swansboro, NC dental office for patients who are ready to get started or who just have questions about their smiles.