Premiere Dental Implant treatment
For Replacing One or More Teeth
Why do I need dental implants?
Living without one or more of your teeth can be embarrassing and painful. In addition to destroying your confidence, it can make you reluctant to smile or difficult to speak naturally. Bridges and Dentures are temporary replacements, but they will not look or feel the same as your natural teeth. They can also cause other problems such as dental damage, bone loss, and deterioration of your facial structure.
Dental implants are the new standard of care for people with missing or broken-down teeth. They provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. While dentures and broken teeth limit the foods people can eat, dental implants allow our patients the freedom to eat, chew and smile confidently again!
What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny, screwlike titanium posts that act as tooth root substitutes. Surgeons place each metal anchor into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A post extension attaches to the implant to provide a stable anchor for the artificial tooth.
What does the dental implant process look like?
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures.
Placing the Dental Implants
The first consists of placing implants within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
Artificial Teeth Installation
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Our doctors will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
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State of the Art Technology Makes Implant Surgery Precise
Custom 3D printed surgical guides
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, our doctors use software to create custom 3D guides for each patient’s surgery. These guides ensure safety and accuracy by making certain each implant is inserted in the exact place and depth planned ahead of time.
A Team of Experts
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While our doctors perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
FULL-ARCH RESTORATION for the most elegant Smile
Full-arch restoration is a dental implant solution that replaces all of a patient’s upper teeth, lower teeth, or both sets. Each patient and dental case is unique and requires flexibility ranging from the dental materials used to the number of implants required. Our Prosthodontist and skilled team will guide you through these choices for optimum function and aesthetics.
Hear more about the dental implant surgery process and results from an actual Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery patients.
Get New Teeth In One Day
All of the offices of MyCenters are equipped with the latest technology & methodology for fixed bridge implants. Whether you’ve had tooth loss due to periodontal disease, trauma or any other reason, we can help. Through various techniques, we can replace just one or all of your teeth in just one day!
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Dental Implant Surgery
What Types of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth. Each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant.
A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants.
Complete Dental Prosthesis
A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) your doctor recommends.
Removable VS. Fixed
A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Our doctors perform in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. Whether it’s a new situation or something you’ve dealt with for years, when you lose several teeth, you never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Am I a Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended. Click here for our referral form which is the first step in determine if dental implants are right for you.
Why Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone grafting can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
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