Dental Implants Charlotte NC
Are you tired of dealing with the hassle of dentures or bridges that can slip, slide, or simply look unnatural? Dental implants offer a long-term solution to missing teeth, restoring your smile and self-confidence. Dental implants work by mimicking the function of a natural tooth root. A small titanium or zirconia post is inserted into the jawbone, which bonds with the bone tissue over time. This creates a stable foundation for a replacement tooth or bridge that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
Not only do dental implants offer a natural appearance, but they also provide numerous benefits, including the ability to chew and speak with ease, as well as preserving the structure of your jawbone. By preventing bone loss in the jaw, dental implants can improve your overall oral health. Contact Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery at our Steele Creek office for all your dental needs.
What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
Dental implants have three main components: the implant post, abutment, and crown. Each part is crucial to the implant's overall function and appearance. The implant post is made of high-quality materials such as titanium or zirconia. These materials are biocompatible, hence compatible with the jawbone forming a stable foundation for the replacement tooth. The implant post acts as the root for the replacement tooth to be placed, while the abutment acts as a connector to the crown. The abutments come in diverse types to accommodate different crowns.
Then there is the crown, a replica of the natural teeth. It is customized to fit your unique needs. They are different types of crowns, some made from porcelain, others ceramic, so it all depends on your unique goals. However, all of them are suitable in different instances. Our professionals will guide you in selecting the right one for your case.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an excellent solution for people who have lost one or more teeth or are struggling with dentures. They are also beneficial for those who want to restore the appearance and functionality of their teeth. They are particularly useful for people who want a long-term and permanent solution. Our oral surgeon will evaluate your oral health and medical history to determine if dental implants suit you.
Preparing for Dental Implants
Foremost, in our consultation, we will first evaluate your condition to determine if it's the best course of action. We may use thorough dental exams, including x-rays and other diagnostic tests to evaluate your oral health.
From the findings, we can then advise on whether to proceed with the procedure. Our doctors will provide further pre-surgery guidelines if all is set for the procedure. For instance, if you have low bone density, we can first work on improving it through grafting. Consequently, through consultation, we can provide you with a list of do's and don'ts before the implant placement.
How is the Procedure Performed?
We begin the placement procedure by preparing the implant site. This often involves making an incision carefully on the gum tissue to create a hole for implant placement. We then take an impression of the incision for customizing a crown suitable for your case. Afterward, we carefully position the implant post onto it before attaching the abutment.
In most cases, we will wait for the post and abutment to integrate with the jawbone before placing a temporary crown later. Then later, we will replace the temporary crown with a replica of the natural teeth. It is a smooth procedure that shouldn't give you much strain, as it is safe and effective when performed by an experienced professional.
After Dental Implant Placement
After the dental implant procedure, it is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling in the treated area. Our team will provide instructions on managing your pain and discomfort, such as taking pain medications and applying ice packs to the affected area. In your case, follow all instructions given to you to ensure a successful recovery.
Healing time varies from patient to patient, but it generally takes several months for the implant to integrate with the jawbone fully. During this time, regular follow-up appointments with our team will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure the implant is healing properly. In case of any inconveniences concerning the implant, we will work with you to determine the best course of action.
Potential Risks of Dental Implants
The dental implant placement procedure is a safe and effective procedure advocated by many dentists. However, sometimes unexpected things happen. Therefore, like any medical procedure, we cannot write off the potential for complications.
Foremost, the implant itself can fail and in turn, trigger infection. Infection can occur if bacteria enter the implant site during or after surgery, leading to pain, swelling, and other complications. On the other hand, implant failure can happen if the implant does not integrate properly with the jawbone or becomes damaged due to trauma or other factors. All that said, a dental implant procedure also risks damaging the nerve, which causes unnecessary tingling and inflammation.
Why Choose Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery?
We utilize the latest technology and techniques to offer a seamless dental treatment experience. This is unlimited to advanced imaging tools like MRI scans, 3D cone Beam, and X-rays to guide our placement process.
Our professionals are committed to helping you regain your lost dental function. With the expertise and experience we have acquired over the years, we can assure you of a smooth and successful dental implant placement.
Consequently, we prioritize patient safety and comfort. That is why we constantly engage you through the whole process to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed for the maximum possible outcome. Contact our Steele Creek office at (980) 332-7990 to schedule a consultation or reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. We want to get you that beautiful smile you deserve.
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