Single Tooth & Multiple Tooth Replacement
Replacing damaged or missing teeth is now possible with dental implants in Greensboro, NC with Premier Dental Greensboro. In the past, patients had to rely heavily on dental bridges and dentures to replace their missing teeth, but advances in dentistry have made implants possible. Modern implants look, feel and function just like real teeth. Each missing or damaged tooth can be permanently replaced by anchoring the replacement implant into the jaw itself. Dental implants look and feel like the real thing, helping patients to avoid the route of partial or full dentures.
What is an Implant and Why Should I Consider One?
Dental implants are a surgical replacement device for missing teeth. Typically, a metal material such as titanium is inserted and fastened directly into the jaw, acting as an anchor for the crown (prosthetic tooth). Once this implant is in place, the crown is then attached to the implant either via cementing it in place, or by a retainer screw.
Dental implants are usually an option for:
- Replacing a missing tooth – an implant and attached crown act and look just like the real thing.
- Replacing several missing teeth – an implant and bridge can replace missing teeth.
Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants
Single Tooth Replacement
A single tooth can be replaced by an individual implant topped by a carefully crafted artificial crown. Your replacement tooth will look and feel completely natural and will have the same biting and chewing power as a natural tooth. Dr. LaJean will design your crown in such a way that it blends in perfectly with the rest of your teeth and no one will ever notice you have an implant.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
For replacing several teeth in a row, Dr. LaJean will either use individual implants topped by single replacement crowns, or an implant-supported bridge. An implant-supported bridge is a series of connected crowns that is supported by two or more implants. Dr. LaJean will examine you and will recommend the option that best fits your specific needs.
Full Mouth Rejuvenation
When a patient is missing most of their teeth and looking for dentures as a replacement, implant supported dentures might be the best method of reconstruction. These implants help prevent bone loss and deterioration over time, due to the jaw bone having no remaining function. It looks and feels just like natural teeth and is extremely durable.
Greensboro Dental Implant Process
How are dental implants placed? We have a carefully designed treatment plan so that you remain comfortable and relaxed during the implant placement procedure:
Pre-operative Evaluation – before starting the procedure our dental team will have a thorough look at your current, as well as your previous dental records. This will help us ascertain the quality and quantity of jaw bone available at the site of implant placement and to assess whether you are a suitable candidate for getting dental implants. We may also order laboratory tests to ensure you are physically fit to undergo this procedure.
Administration of Local Anesthesia – implant placement is a surgical procedure, and therefore requires the administration of local anesthesia prior to starting the procedure. We won’t proceed unless you are completely pain-free and relaxed.
Surgical Procedure – the procedure will be initiated by making an incision through the soft tissues overlying the jaw bones. The dentist will then drill through the bone in order to create a hole for implant placement. This hole is slightly narrower than the width of the implant. Next, the dentist will screw the implant into position by applying controlled forces. A healing cap will be placed over the implant, so as to allow uninterrupted healing.
Implant Loading – your dentist may choose to place a prosthesis, such as a crown, bridge or a denture over the implant immediately after placing the implant. Alternatively, implant loading may be postponed until completed healing and sufficient osseointegration has taken place.
What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Wondering why you should prefer dental implants over fixed or removable dentures? Here is why dental implants are considered as the best tooth replacement option by dentists:
- Get a Beautiful Smile
- Improved Self Confidence
- No More Denture Sores
- Eat Whatever You Want, When You Want!
- Improved Speaking Efficiency
- Improved Health
- Improved Comfort
Implant Success Rates Up To 98%
While there are certain factors that may play into how successful dental implant procedures may be, the overall success rate is extremely high and very safe. Patients with otherwise healthy gums and bone are great candidates for dental implants. Speaking with your dentist can help to determine the recommended course of action after a thorough consultation.
Routine visits to our office for care will ensure long-term health and function of your dental implant. For superior quality and care for your implant restoration in Greensboro, NC visit the trusted dentist of Premier Dental Greensboro.