Dental Implants in Concord, NC
Restore Your Confidence
Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option for a missing tooth or teeth. A dental implant is made of a titanium implant post, a connecting abutment, and a custom crown. This replacement solution restores functionality to your smile and allows you to enjoy your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile with confidence.
Dental implants are the only replacement teeth that preserve the jaw bone. For patients in need of replacing most or all of their teeth, a full-arch restoration procedure uses dental implants to support a new, functional smile.
If you’re ready to achieve a complete smile, the team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Concord, NC, is here to help.
Improve Oral Health
Tooth roots stimulate the jaw during chewing. If a tooth is missing, the jaw bone does not get stimulated in that area. This leads to bone deterioration and can cause nearby teeth to shift out of place. Bone loss can also cause facial features to sag or become unbalanced.
The post of a dental implant fuses with the jaw bone, providing the jaw with the same stimulation as a natural tooth root. This keeps the bone sturdy and healthy, preventing deterioration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Enjoy Food Again. With no pieces or removable parts, you can enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about uncomfortable gear or the embarrassment of having to remove dentures to eat.
- Long-Term Results. Brush and floss them like natural teeth and maintain regular dental checkups, and your dental implant can last a lifetime.
- Improve Oral Health. A dental implant is the only tooth restoration option that prevents the jaw bone from deteriorating, which keeps the jaw healthy and keeps facial features balanced. Healthy teeth promote healthy gums, which prevent issues like periodontal disease.
- Versatility. Dental implants are strong and can replace any tooth—even molars! If you’re missing all of your teeth or need them all replaced, dental implants can support a full-arch of new teeth.
Types of Dental Implants
There are several ways that dental implants can restore functionality and aesthetics to your smile. Our knowledgeable team will help select the right choice for your oral health needs.
- Single Implants. One dental implant can replace one tooth, root and all.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Dental implants can support a bridge, which is used when several teeth are missing next to each other in the dental arch. Unlike dentures, implant-supported bridges do not require healthy teeth to be shaved down in order to fit the prosthesis.
- Immediate Implants. Patients having a tooth pulled can have an implant post placed immediately after extraction. This lessens the amount of procedures necessary to restore the missing tooth.
- Full-Arch Restoration. As few as four dental implants can support a brand new arch of teeth while preserving the jaw bone and restoring complete functionality to your smile.
Whether you’re missing one tooth or all of your teeth, Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery has a solution for you. Schedule a consultation to find out how we can help you achieve a healthy and complete smile.
Dental Implant Surgery
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained to place dental implants. Our practice uses advanced 3D imaging technology for enhanced precision and predictable results. When you come in for your consultation, we will walk you through the procedure and discuss your anesthesia and sedation options.
During the surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the implant post. The length of this process varies depending on your specific needs, but most patients return to their normal routines within a few days after the implant post is placed and receive the permanent crown within a few weeks or months.
If you need a tooth extracted, we can place an implant immediately following extraction. If your jaw is not sturdy enough to support an implant, we can place a bone graft to promote the growth of new bone. This may require a second appointment to place the implant once the bone graft has fully healed.
Regardless of your current oral health, our team of oral surgeons will design a treatment plan that's right for you.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
Dentures and dental implants are both options to consider when replacing missing teeth. Dentures are often cheaper upfront, but the cost can add up after needing to replace them every few years. Because there is nothing fused to the jaw bone, dentures and bridges leave you susceptible to jaw bone atrophy, unlike dental implants which integrate with the jaw.
Multiple dental implant posts can be placed to support a fixed denture. This treatment, known as full-arch restoration, provides you with a new arch of teeth that look and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants can also be used to replace partial dentures through the use of implant-supported bridges or individual implants. Contact us today for an appointment regarding denture replacement in Concord, NC.
Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Implants
What is the life expectancy of a dental implant?
Dental implants are designed to last for many years. You must take care of them to ensure they last as long as possible. Practice good oral hygiene, attend regular checkups with your dentist, and your dental implant will serve you for years to come.
Do dental implants hurt?
Our practice offers a variety of anesthesia and sedation options to keep you comfortable during all surgical procedures. We will discuss these options with you during your first visit and determine the right choice for your needs.
We care about the health of our patients even after leaving our office, which is why we offer an alternative to opioid pain relief. Learn more about non-addictive options for pain management on our EXPAREL® page.
What happens if you don’t have enough bone for dental implants?
A dental implant requires a sturdy jaw to support the implant post. If your jaw bone has weakened or deteriorated, we can place a bone graft to promote the growth of new bone. Bone grafts work by stimulating the body’s healing process to form new bone around the graft, resulting in a stronger foundation for dental implants.
Who is not a good candidate for dental implants?
You may not be a candidate for dental implants if you are not healthy enough to undergo general surgery or take steroids or medications that suppress the immune system. You must have a strong, sturdy jaw bone to support the implant post and may need a bone graft if there is insufficient bone. Oral surgeons specialize in implant dentistry; during your first visit, we will evaluate your oral health and determine the right option for restoring your smile.
We Are Here for You
Learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment, and more. Our Concord office is located off of I-85 and Concord Pkwy N. Contact Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Concord, NC, today.