Dental Implants Specialist in Raleigh, NC
Dental implants have come a long way over the last 25 years. The dental industry has worked hard to improve the process related to getting dental implants, and now patients can enjoy near permanent, realistic teeth without ever having to worry about having them falling out, needing replaced, or having to fuss with dentures ever again!
What are Dental Implants Made From?
Dental implants posts are made from a solid material called titanium. Long ago it was discovered that titanium is the only metal in the world that will graft with the human bone to create a strong, lasting bond. The dental implants used today consist of three major parts:
- The titanium rod that is placed in the jawbone
- The implant abutment that is used to secure the tooth
- And the porcelain crown that is attached to the abutment - this is the part everyone will see.
Why Should You Consider Dental Implants?
If you are missing a tooth, or many teeth, you know it can be taxing on your self-esteem. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and if you are missing teeth, you might find yourself hiding your smile, or avoiding smiling altogether. Dental implants can help. People who are missing teeth, or who have damaged or decaying teeth are all good candidates for dental implants.
Within a few months, or even visits, you can have a complete and beautiful smile to be proud of. In addition to improving the look of your smile, having dental implants placed can reduce the risk of bone loss.
When teeth are not present in the mouth, the bone can wear away because it is not needed to secure teeth. This can also cause surrounding teeth to move forward or backward, causing future dental problems. Another reason to consider dental implants is to improve any jaw problems you might have, improve the bite of your teeth, and improve the way you eat your food.
Finally, missing teeth can impact the way you talk, so having a full set of teeth can prevent speech impediments from developing in the future. As you can see, there are many reasons to consider dental implants.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The benefits of getting dental implants, or even just one dental implant, are plentiful. One of the most beneficial aspects of dental implants is that they preserve the integrity of the bone after a tooth has been lost. Missing teeth can cause a whole host of problems, so filling those gaps as soon as possible prevents significant issues from developing over time.
Other benefits include upgrading your dentures: if you have removable dentures, you can get dental implants to secure your dentures to your gums. Imagine, not having to remove your dentures again? Other benefits including getting the look and feel of a full set of teeth, and not to mention the total function of your mouth.
Dental implants improve your appearance as well: when teeth are missing, the shape of the face and jaw can change. Overall, most people seek dental implants simply to improve their quality of life and to again be proud of their smile. Replacing even one tooth can have a considerable impact on your quality of life, and that's worth the effort when considering this treatment option.
What Is the Dental Implant Placement Process?
There are several stages associated with placing dental implants in a patient's mouth. The first stage is planning. This stage involves determining whether or not a patient is eligible for the procedure: there needs to be enough bone in the jaw to support the placement of the dental implant.
When your dental surgeon and you have decided to move forward, you will undergo a procedure to place the titanium rod so that it can begin to graft to the bone. After a few months, the healing will be complete. In the meantime, your dentist may provide you with a temporary tooth to cover the implant as it heals.
When the implant has integrated into the bone, patients will have the abutment placed on the titanium rod. This will hold the crown in place. The crown will be set using dental cement or an internal dental screw.
Implant technology has changed so much over the years that patients will experience little to no pain. Even with healing time, dental implants can be completed in a relatively short period, and patients can walk away looking and feeling better with full use of their teeth.
What’s the Difference between Bridges and Implants?
When patients and dentists are considering treatment options for missing teeth, the two most common choices are bridges and implants. Implants are far superior to bridges for several reasons:
- Implants are fixed
- Healthy teeth don’t need to be reshaped or ground down to accommodate the appliance
- Bridges don’t fix bone loss issues
- Bridges expose teeth to unwanted bacteria over time and bacteria can get lodged between teeth and the appliances
- Flossing is challenging when patients have bridges that span more than three teeth
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
There is no age limit on how old a patient can be to receive dental implants, as long as there is sufficient bone structure to support the placement of the titanium rods. However, younger children and teenagers are typically not candidates for dental implants.
For patients who are having teeth extracted, implants can be placed at the same time. That does not mean, however, that people who have had missing teeth for years aren’t good candidates for dental implants; as long as there is enough healthy bone to support the procedure, most people are eligible for dental implants as an option to replace missing teeth.
Contact Us To Learn More
If you think a dental implant might be the solution for you or someone you love, talk with us during your visit.
Contact us today or call us at 919.786.6766 to learn more about dental implants for yourself.
Patients come to us for dental implants from Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Raleigh and neighboring locations.