Dental Implants in Greenville, SC
Restore Your Teeth and Confidence
Dental implants are a healthy, long-term solution for restoring missing teeth. Whether you have been missing teeth for many years or have an existing tooth that needs to be replaced, we will create a custom treatment plan built around your needs. There are many options available to replace any tooth or teeth, as well as bone grafting treatments to help more patients qualify for dental implants.
Having missing or failing teeth can negatively impact your oral health and self-esteem. Our oral and maxillofacial surgery experts at Carolinas Center for Dental Implants specialize in implant dentistry and are proud to offer many tooth restoration options. We are passionate about helping patients achieve better health and feel confident about their smile again. Contact our office today to learn about your options for dental implants in Greenville, SC, if you are looking to restore one or more teeth.
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Dental implants restore balance to the face and improve oral health by replacing one or more teeth with an implant post and natural-looking crown.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Look and Feel Natural.
Your replacement teeth will blend in with your existing teeth for beautiful results. The implant is embedded into the jaw bone and will feel just like a natural tooth.
A dental bridge may last about 10 years, while a dental implant can last a lifetime as long as he is properly cared for. Because of its solid foundation, a dental implant is designed to withstand biting and chewing more effectively than traditional dentures or bridges.
Tooth loss can cause the jaw bone to deteriorate. Dental implants stimulate the jaw, preventing bone loss and preserving facial structure. This also prevents sagging facial features and contributes to more positive oral health overall.
When a tooth is missing, adjacent teeth can move into the open space. Implants prevent dental shifting and help you maintain a healthy bite by keeping your teeth in their correct positions.
Types of Dental Implants
Every patient has different needs, and our oral surgeons will design your treatment plan around your individual oral health and goals for tooth replacement. We offer many types of dental implant treatments in Greenville, SC.
- Single Tooth Replacements. Your surgeon can place an implant anywhere in your mouth, as long as there is adequate jaw bone.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Traditional dentures rely on adjacent teeth for support and can cause damage, whereas an implant-supported bridge is self-supportive.
- Immediate Implants. If you are having a tooth extracted, we can insert a dental implant at the same visit, saving you time and money.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Ideal for patients with no teeth or who wear removable dentures, this treatment uses implants to secure a fixed denture, fully restoring oral function.
Dental Implant Surgery
During your first visit, you will meet with one of our skilled dental implant specialists. We will take 3D scans of your teeth to plan the details of your treatment and select the type of anesthesia for your procedure. Most patients undergo IV sedation for dental implant placement.
On the day of your surgery, once the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue and place the dental implant post. We will close the incision with sutures and you will rest until the anesthesia wears off. After IV sedation, an adult must drive you home and should stay with you for 24 hours.
If the abutment was not attached to the implant post during this procedure, you will return for a second surgical visit. This abutment connects the post to the crown and must be in place prior to receiving the final crown. Once the post has fused to the jaw bone, your restorative dentist will place the final crown and your dental implant treatment will be complete.
Value and Cost of Dental Implants in Greenville, SC
Choosing dental implants to restore missing or failing teeth is an investment in your oral health. Implants have a high success rate and are the only tooth replacement option that prevents bone loss. Other options such as dentures or bridges can cosmetically restore your smile, but they do preserve facial structure or keep the jaw bone strong. If you care for your dental implants and maintain good oral hygiene, they have the potential to last a lifetime.
The cost of your dental implants depends on several factors. These include the number of implants you need, if you require other surgical procedures, your dental insurance, and the type of anesthesia you select. We will provide you with an estimate for treatment during your first visit.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
Many patients who wear dentures seek a more convenient alternative. The cost of dentures can add up, because they should be replaced every few years due to wear and tear and must be professionally fitted to avoid oral sores. Dentures do not prevent bone loss and can lead to facial sagging, making you appear older than you actually are.
With dental implants, these inconveniences are eliminated. You do not need to replace your teeth as long as they are cared for, and your facial structure is protected. Through full-arch restoration, our surgeons can use multiple implant posts to secure a fixed denture, eliminating the need for removable oral appliances. If you wear dentures and are ready for a healthier, more convenient tooth replacement solution, call us to learn about denture replacement in Greenville, SC.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
On average, it takes about one hour to place one dental implant. Surgery time will vary if you need multiple implants or other oral surgery procedures.
How many implants are needed for a full mouth?
Full-arch restoration is ideal for those looking for a full mouth of new teeth. As few as four dental implant posts are needed to support a fixed denture in one arch, but some patients require more than four.
Does food get under implants?
Food can get stuck between implants just like natural teeth. Brush and floss all of your teeth and gums twice daily. Your dental implant cannot get a cavity, but you must still maintain good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease (periodontal disease).
Can you be too old for dental implants?
There is no upper age limit for dental implants. As long as you have adequate jaw bone to support it, you can receive a dental implant at any age. The jaw bone must be fully developed in order for a younger patient to receive dental implants. This typically occurs around the age of 18, although some patients may be able to receive dental implants during the early or mid teens if the jaw bone has developed.
We Are Here For You
Learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment, and more. You will find our office on the eastside of Greenville, South Carolina, right next to Legacy Park.