Dental Implants in Denver, NC (Lake Norman)
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Most people will end up losing at least one tooth in their lifetime. Dental implants are a popular, long-lasting solution for missing teeth. They restore aesthetics and functionality to your smile and even help improve your oral health.
A dental implant is designed to replicate a natural tooth, including the root. The implant post fuses to the jaw bone, similar to a natural tooth’s root, and stimulates the bone. This prevents deterioration, which can lead to facial sagging and shifting of other teeth. If you’re missing a tooth or teeth and are looking for a reliable solution with predictable results, the experts at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery will customize a treatment plan for you.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
It’s normal to want a complete smile that you don’t have to hide because of missing or decayed teeth, but there are other medical reasons why you should replace a missing tooth. The tooth’s root stimulates the jaw bone during chewing, which keeps the bone strong and healthy. If a tooth is missing, the jaw bone doesn’t get stimulated in that area and begins to weaken. Over time, it will deteriorate, which can cause facial features to sag and other teeth to shift out of place.
Oral surgeons are the most qualified dental professionals to place implants, and our team of specialists looks forward to helping you achieve the healthy smile you deserve.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Durability. A dental implant is strong enough to replace molars and with proper care, it can last a lifetime.
- Enjoy Eating. You can enjoy your favorite foods again without worrying about pain or having to remove oral appliances. Dental implants stay in your mouth during eating and cleaning.
- Natural Results. The crown is specially designed to match the size, shape, and color of your other teeth. Most people can’t tell the difference between a dental implant and a natural tooth.
- Improve Oral Health. By keeping your jaw bone strong and healthy, dental implants help improve oral health and prevent issues associated with jaw bone deterioration.
Types of Dental Implants
The right type of replacement teeth will depend on your specific needs. Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery offers many types of dental implants, including:
- Single Tooth Replacements. One dental implant can replace one tooth, root and all. A dental implant can be inserted anywhere in the mouth where a tooth is missing, including molars.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Traditional bridges require your natural teeth to be shaved down for the bridge to fit over the gap. Dental implants support a bridge without damaging the surrounding teeth.
- Immediate Implants. We can place a dental implant post immediately after a tooth is extracted reducing the number of tooth restoration procedures.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Patients missing many or all of their teeth may require a complete new smile. Several dental implants can support an entire arch of teeth, resulting in a brand new, fully functioning smile.
Our implant placement experts will help you select the right type of implant for your oral health needs.
Dental Implant Procedure
During the consultation appointment, your oral surgeon will evaluate your condition and take 3D scans of your mouth. We will discuss your options for anesthesia based on the complexity of your surgery and level of anxiety.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the implant post. If a tooth has been missing for a long time, you may need a bone graft to ensure there is enough stable jaw bone to support the implant.
If you’re having a tooth extracted, we may place a dental implant post immediately following extraction. Regardless of the current state of your teeth, we want to help you achieve optimal results. We also perform full-arch restoration procedures for those who need one or both arches of teeth completely restored.
Dental Implants: Cost and Value
The cost of a dental implant varies depending on the details of your dental insurance, how many teeth you need replaced, your choice of anesthesia, and if additional procedures are necessary. We will discuss the details of your treatment during your first visit and provide a cost estimate.
A missing tooth can cause serious damage when left untreated. As jaw bone deteriorates, it can cause other teeth to shift out of place or cause facial features to sag. Gum recession can create pockets that capture and grow bacteria, which can lead to periodontal disease.
The cost of leaving a missing tooth untreated easily outweighs the cost of a long-lasting tooth replacement solution like dental implants. Removable dentures may cost less upfront, but they do not protect the jaw bone and can result in more expensive surgeries and restorations down the line. You should replace dentures every 5 to 10 years, whereas dental implants are a long-term solution with a high success rate.
Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Implants
Are dentures better than implants?
Dentures can cause sores and must be removed during brushing and eating. You should replace your dentures every 5 to 10 years, because they wear down and become uncomfortable. By not preserving the jaw bone or gum line, dentures can lead to more costly and complex surgeries down the road. Dental implants become a part of your smile and keep your jaw strong while restoring functionality and a natural appearance.
How painful is a dental implant?
We make every effort to keep you as comfortable as possible and offer several anesthesia options for any type of surgical procedure. Our staff is specially trained to safely administer anesthesia and monitor patients throughout treatment. For pain management after surgery, consider EXPAREL®, the single-use, non-opioid option for pain relief. Learn more on our EXPAREL page.
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
On average, it takes 1 hour per dental implant. This time varies if you need extractions or bone grafts. The average healing time is several months, allowing the jaw bone to fuse with the implant post.
How long after dental implants can I eat normally?
You should stick to a soft diet the first few days after dental implant surgery. Gradually return to your normal diet as tolerated and avoid spicy foods for 2 weeks. Do not use straws until the clot has formed and healed to avoid dislodging it.
We Are Here for You
Learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment, and more. Our Denver office is located north of Lowesville near the intersection of NC Hwy 16 and NC-73. Contact Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Denver, NC, today.