We offer a variety of dental implant services for the highest quality dental care for our patients. We encourage you to learn more about what we provide and how we can help. If you have any questions, please contact us by calling (919) 484-0880. We’re always happy to hear from you!
Smiles by JB offers a variety of dental care options for our patients, including dental implant services. We strive to provide the highest quality dental care for our patients. Our dental team loves to see a smile on your face, and we want to help you get the smile you want. We also encourage you to learn more about the services we provide and how we can help you. If you ever have any questions about our dental services or your oral health, please contact us by calling (919) 484-0880. We love hearing from you!
Why Dental Implants are the Best Tooth Replacement Option
Missing teeth can cause problems for many people. No matter how you lost your natural tooth, it can affect your speech, eating, and self-esteem. While there are multiple options when it comes to replacement teeth, one option stands above the rest.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. In fact, they’re actually better than other options such as bridges, because your remaining teeth don’t need to be altered in order to place the false tooth. In addition, they can be matched to your existing natural teeth so closely that it’s almost impossible to tell you have a tooth implant.
In addition to looking great, dental implants function better than other options. With a natural tooth, the root has many important jobs. Not only does the root help keep the tooth alive, but it also stimulates and nourishes the jaw bone itself.
Unfortunately, when the roots are no longer there to do their job, the jaw suffers. The lack of stimulation and nourishment causes the jaw to slowly go through a process called resorption. Over time, the jaw bone will shrink. This causes changes to facial appearance and increases the appearance of aging. For many people, this leads to discomfort. Eventually, people with this type of bone loss experience trouble speaking clearly and chewing.
With a dental implant, the false tooth also has a false root. This false root maintains the stimulation of the jaw bone to help prevent bone loss while still maintaining the natural function of your mouth when it comes to eating and speaking.
Dental Implant Procedure
Advances in implant dentistry have made it easier than ever to get dental implants. The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months.
The first part of implant treatment is the installation of the implant itself. The main part of the implant is a titanium screw. The oral surgeon will make an incision in your gum tissue to insert the implant into the jawbone. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. Once the implant is placed then the gums are sutured.
After the initial dental implant surgery, you will need between 3 and 6 months to heal. During this time, the jawbone forms around the implant in a process called osseointegration.
Depending on your case, your dentist may install temporary crowns to allow you to speak and eat normally while maintaining a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
Once the implant has healed, it’s time to add the abutment. The abutment is the base for your new tooth. From here, an impression of the abutment is taken and used to create the permanent restoration.
Some dental offices can create the custom crown onsite, while others may have to send it to an outside lab. When the crown is ready, you’ll have another visit to permanently attach it. After this step, your smile will look just like it used to or even better. After a short period of getting used to the implant, it will feel just like your own teeth.
Dental Implant FAQ’s
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanently stable new root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown are then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like a natural tooth.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of false teeth or a partial denture is a partial set of teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, they are permanent, you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment, and the procedure is very successful and fairly inexpensive. These tooth implants give the patient-years of functionality and the appearance of new teeth after experiencing tooth loss of a single tooth or more due to gum disease, extraction, an accident, or mouth cancer.
In the event that the patient doesn’t have the jawbone structure to support implant placement, they may be a candidate for bone grafting to build up the jaw in order to place an implant.
Who can place a dental implant?
Your dentist may be able to perform implants in their own office based on their training. If not, they will recommend you to an implantologist, cosmetic dentist, or another specialist that will perform the procedure.
How much do implants cost?
The cost of your dental implants will vary based on the level of experience of your doctor, how many implants you are having placed, the amount of insurance coverage, and more. Schedule a consultation with us to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.
Do dental implants hurt?
No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. If you have anxiety or fear you should discuss sedation options with your dentist.
How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Dental implants have a very high success rate of success and tend to last much, much longer than a bridge or alternative option. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.