While dentures provide our patients with a natural looking tooth replacement option, oftentimes these removable appliances slip or make embarrassing clicking noises. Of all the ways modern dentistry has to replace missing teeth, dental implants are by far the best. Dental implants help you look and feel better, regain your self-esteem, and have a better quality of life. There is no other tooth-replacement option that will give you a more permanent and stable solution.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a pure titanium artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone. Titanium has been used for decades in hip and knee replacement surgeries and is completely biocompatible.
Through a process called osseointegration the bone fuses with the rough surface of the implant; meaning your body treats the implant just as if it was made out of bone. Once the artificial tooth root is anchored into the jawbone, a tooth restoration is attached to the abutment, which is the part of the implant that extends from the top of the gums. Our dental implant expert in Concord NC, Dr. Clifford Compton, can replace one or more of your missing teeth by attaching a crown or a fixed implant bridge.
- Single Tooth: A single implant is placed at the site of a lost tooth and is affixed with a porcelain crown.
Implant Bridge: A traditional bridge is attached by placing crowns on the healthy teeth on either side of the empty tooth sockets, but an implant bridge uses two or more titanium implants to anchor the restoration in place.
Candidacy For Dental Implants
Patients who are in good overall health can be a dental implant candidate. An ideal recipient of a dental implant must have healthy teeth and gums. If there are any cavities or signs of periodontal disease, these issues must be addressed first. Dr. Compton will assess the potential implant site to determine whether there is sufficient bone volume and gum thickness to allow placement of an implant. If you have suffered bone loss, which is common after tooth loss, and do not have a sufficient amount of dense bone tissue to support an implant, a bone grafting procedure may be needed to help rebuild the tissues.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to mimic both the appearance and function of a natural tooth. In fact, you may have difficulty telling them apart from your original teeth! They provide lasting results that give patients an improved quality of life.
Additional benefits of dental implants are:
- Dental implants can be cared for just like natural teeth and require no additional maintenance other than regular oral hygiene routines.
- An implant preserves bone, prevents further deterioration of the facial structure, and can even promote natural bone regeneration.
- The dental implant restoration is made from high-quality dental material that is decay and stain resistant.
- A dramatic improvement in chewing ability, teeth stability and overall comfort.
Request A Dental Implant Consultation
For patients who have lost one or more teeth and want a long-lasting replacement option that mimics the design of natural teeth, dental implants are the ideal solution. If your smile isn’t what you want it to be call (704)786-8825 to schedule your consultation to learn more about dental implants in Concord, NC