Dental Implants in Greenville, SC, and Charlotte, NC
Achieve a Healthy, Complete Smile
Many patients with missing teeth turn to dental implants, the long-term tooth replacement solution. A dental implant has three parts: a titanium implant post, a connecting abutment, and a custom crown. Together, these parts replicate a natural tooth in both appearance and function.
Carolinas Center for Dental Implants performs restorative and preventive oral surgery procedures using dental implants. Our surgeons are experts in implant dentistry and provide world-class care to every patient in need of restorative treatment. With two skilled prosthodontists and our team of oral surgeons, Carolinas Center for Dental Implants is a leading practice for complete smile restoration.
Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
Restoring your smile can improve your confidence and choosing to restore it with dental implants results in many health benefits. A tooth’s root is embedded in the jaw and provides stimulation during chewing. This keeps the jaw bone strong and healthy. When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone does not get stimulated in that area and begins to deteriorate over time. This can cause facial features to sag, nearby teeth to shift out of place, and can lead to costly future treatments.
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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
Dental implants can restore a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth so you can smile with confidence.
Because they fuse to the jaw bone, dental implants are there to stay. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Improve Oral Health.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents jaw bone atrophy by fusing to the jaw bone. Traditional dentures and bridges sit on top of the bony ridge in the mouth, but they do not help keep the jaw bone strong.
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods.
Dental implants remain in the mouth during eating and brushing. They are strong and durable, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about discomfort or moving parts.
Types of Dental Implants
Carolinas Center for Dental Implants offers a variety of dental implant treatments to suit your needs. Your oral surgeon will evaluate your oral health during the consultation and help determine which option is right for your smile.
- Single Tooth Replacements. One dental implant can replace a missing tooth anywhere in the mouth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. This option is ideal for patients missing multiple teeth next to one another. Dental implants can support the bridge, eliminating the need to grind down healthy teeth to fit the bridge.
- Immediate Implants. We can place a dental implant the same day as a tooth extraction, reducing the number of appointments needed to replace the missing tooth.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Multiple dental implants can support a permanent denture, resulting in a brand new, completely functional smile that looks and feels natural.
Dental Implant Surgery
Our surgeons have all received extensive training in the safe administration of anesthesia and sedation, which we offer to all of our patients. During the first visit, we will discuss your procedure and determine the right anesthesia for your needs. We will also take 3D scans of your mouth to get a detailed digital look at your current oral health.
Even if you have periodontal disease, or gum disease, you still may qualify for dental implants. We can also place bone grafts in areas where the bone has deteriorated to create a strong foundation for the implants. If you require additional procedures, we will go over these during the consultation.
On the day of your surgery at our Verdae or Blakeney office, your surgeon will start the procedure by administering the anesthesia. They will then make an incision in the gum tissue and place the post into the jaw bone. Over time, the post will fuse to the jaw bone and create a permanent foundation for the artificial teeth. Once the post has fused your surgeon will place the abutment, and your restorative dentist will place the final crown.
Value and Cost of Dental Implants
When you visit the expert oral surgeons at Carolinas Center for Dental Implants, you can feel confident that your health is in the hands of capable and trusted professionals who specialize in implant dentistry. Dental implants have a high success rate and can last a lifetime, making them a popular tooth replacement choice.
Removable dentures must be replaced every 5 years and can cause sores. They must be removed during eating and cleaned using special rinses. Dental implants, however, remain in the mouth at all times and are cleaned with regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits. They can last for many years and are so lifelike, many people can’t tell which tooth is the implant.
The cost of dental implants at our Verdae and Blakeney offices varies depending on your needs. We factor in the number of implants you need, your insurance and choice of anesthesia, and if you need any additional procedures. Our staff will discuss this with you during your first visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is not suitable for dental implants?
If you are healthy enough to undergo general surgery, you are likely healthy enough for this procedure. Patients with suppressed immune systems, cancer, or other diseases may not be candidates. To see if you qualify for dental implants, schedule an appointment at Carolinas Center for Dental Implants.
Do they put you to sleep for dental implants?
Simple implant placement may require only local anesthesia. However, if you require extractions or bone grafting, we may recommend IV anesthesia. This option renders you into a sleep-like state, and you will wake up when the procedure is over. Oral surgeons are trained to administer all forms of anesthesia safely, which includes local and general anesthesia, laughing gas, and IV sedation.
How long after tooth extraction can I get an implant?
If you have enough bone to support an implant, we can place it on the same day as your extraction. If you have bone loss, we can place a bone graft. Once healed, you will return to have the replacement tooth placed.
Does food get under implants?
Like natural teeth, food can get stuck around your dental implant. Brush and floss twice daily, and attend regular checkups with your dental specialist. Practicing good oral hygiene and keeping your implant healthy will help it last for many years.
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Learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment, and more. Contact Carolinas Center for Dental Implants today.