Dental Implants in Gastonia, NC
Smile With Confidence
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. This tooth replacement solution looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth, allowing patients to smile and eat with confidence.
A dental implant is made of a titanium post that fuses with the jaw bone, a connecting abutment, and a custom-made crown. Together, these pieces form a long-lasting, fully functional replacement tooth to complete your smile. The oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Gastonia, NC, specialize in implant dentistry and helping more patients become candidates for this remarkable tooth replacement solution.
Why Replace a Missing Tooth?
A missing tooth can cause embarrassment and make you feel the need to hide your smile. Aside from issues with self-confidence, there are many medical reasons why you should replace a missing tooth.
A tooth’s root stimulates the jaw bone, keeping it strong. When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone does not get stimulated and deteriorates. This can cause other teeth to shift out of place or cause gums to recede. Gum recession creates pockets where bacteria can grow, leading to gum disease and further tooth decay.
A dental implant post acts just like a natural tooth root by stimulating the jaw bone and keeping it healthy. This prevents gum recession and facial sagging due to bone loss. With a dental implant, you can smile with pride and improve oral health.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Easy To Care For. Brush and floss a dental implant just like a natural tooth and attend regular checkups with your dentist. No special rinses or removing your appliance during cleaning!
- Improve Oral Health. Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone, keeping it strong and healthy. This prevents bone deterioration, which can lead to facial asymmetry, gum recession, or periodontal disease.
- Natural-Looking Results. The crown is made to match the size and color of your other teeth, making it indistinguishable from your natural teeth. In fact, many people can’t tell the difference between a dental implant and a natural tooth.
Different Types of Dental Implants
We help select the right type of dental implant for your oral health, which can consist of just one type or a combination of several. Dental implants can be used as:
- Single Tooth Replacements. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth, root and all, to restore aesthetics and functionality. Multiple dental implants can be placed anywhere in the mouth where teeth are missing.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Dental implants are sturdy and can support a bridge, which is used when several teeth are missing right beside each other. Traditional bridges require nearby teeth to be shaved down in order to fit the prosthesis, whereas dental implants protect your natural teeth by not requiring them to be resized.
- Immediate Implants. We can place a dental implant post immediately after a tooth is extracted. This reduces the number of procedures needed to restore the missing tooth and grants you the wonderful benefits of a dental implant right after having a tooth pulled.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Dental implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower teeth, resulting in a brand new, fully functional smile. This option is ideal for patients missing all or many of their teeth.
Call Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery for a consultation, and our team of restoration experts will help you achieve a healthy and complete smile.
Dental Implant Surgery: The Procedure
When you see us for your first visit, you’ll meet with one of our oral surgeons. We will take 3D scans of your mouth and discuss your options for anesthesia, as we offer many options to ensure you feel comfortable throughout your procedure.
During the procedure, your surgeon will carefully make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the titanium implant post. If you do not have enough sturdy bone to support the implant, we will place a bone graft which promotes new bone to grow. You may require a second appointment to have the implant placed once the bone graft has fully healed.
In many extraction cases, we can place an implant immediately following a tooth extraction. We may give you a temporary crown to wear until the implant post fuses to the jaw bone. Once healed, a custom-made crown is placed.
Dental Implant Cost and Value
Our smile says a lot about us. It’s easy to feel like a piece of our identity is missing when our smile isn’t complete. The team at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery understands, and we’re here to restore confidence and functionality to your smile again.
Not replacing a missing tooth eventually leads to bone deterioration in that area. When the bone is lost, the gums can recede, causing nearby teeth to shift out of place. Gum recession forms pockets of bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. This treatment is far more uncomfortable and expensive in the long run.
Removable dentures are often embarrassing and cause sores. Plus, you must replace them every 5 to 10 years. They do not preserve the jaw bone or promote healthy gums and can require more complex surgical procedures down the road to rebuild larger areas of weakened bone.
Many patients turn to dental implants because they are affordable, easy to care for, and offer a long-term solution. The cost for a dental implant depends on how many replacement teeth you need, if you need other extractions or bone grafts, your choice of anesthesia, and the details of your insurance. Our staff answers these questions and more during your consultation, where we will provide an accurate cost estimate.
Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Implants
Does food get stuck under dental implants?
Food and debris can get stuck between dental implants, just like natural teeth. This is why it’s important to brush and floss daily. Maintaining good oral health will keep your teeth and gums healthy while preventing cavities, infection, or other oral problems.
How long does it take for dental implants to heal?
After implant placement, you will take some time to heal. This process is called osseointegration and can take anywhere from several weeks to a few months.
Do dental implants have to be removed to clean?
No, dental implants stay in your mouth during eating and cleaning. The implant post fuses with your jaw bone, so the dental implant will not fall out or come loose. Brush and floss regularly and your implant will stay clean. While the success rate for dental implants is up to 98%, not properly taking care of a replacement tooth could result in it coming loose or needing replaced, which should only ever be done by an oral surgeon.
How painful is it to get dental implants?
We make every effort to keep patients as comfortable as possible and offer a variety of anesthesia and sedation options. Local anesthesia is often enough to numb the area and prevent discomfort, but some patients prefer being asleep during the surgery and waking up when it is over. Regardless of your surgical or anxiety needs, we have options to keep you comfortable and at ease.
Our practice offers a safe, non-addictive alternative to opioid pain relief called EXPAREL®. This single-use injection reduces or eliminates the need for opioid pain medication. Learn more on our EXPAREL page.
We Are Here for You
Learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment, and more. Our Gastonia office is located on the eastside of Gastonia beside the CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Contact Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Gastonia, NC, today.