Dental Implants in Greenville, SC
Restore Your Smile and Oral Health
A dental implant can permanently replace a missing tooth or teeth, providing long-term results that will leave you smiling with pride. Many patients choose dental implants for replacement teeth because they look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are a widely popular oral and maxillofacial surgery treatment because they are versatile. One implant is strong enough to replace a molar and provide full functionality. Our surgeons at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Greenville, SC, can help you achieve the fully functioning, complete smile you’ve always wanted through implant dentistry.
Why Should I Replace a Missing Tooth?
A dental implant can restore your ability to smile, eat, and speak with confidence. Dental implants also improve your oral health, giving you a healthy and complete smile that to enjoy for years to come. Many people qualify for this treatment, even those who have suffered from advanced periodontal disease or other oral health issues.
By replacing missing teeth now, you can avoid more complex, costly treatments in the future. Tooth loss can lead to bone loss, teeth misalignment, and many other oral health issues.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Prevent Bone Loss
The titanium post, essentially an artificial tooth root, fuses with the jaw bone and provides stimulation while chewing. This prevents the bone from deteriorating and promotes healthy teeth and gums.
You take care of a dental implant with regular brushing and flossing, just like a natural tooth. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Enjoy Your Favorite Foods
With a strong and complete smile, you can eat the foods you want without worrying about discomfort or embarrassment.
Improve Overall Health
Having a complete set of teeth prevents many oral health issues including dental shifting, jaw bone deterioration, gum recession, and gum disease.
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. A dental implant can replace a missing tooth or teeth and is specially designed to match the color of your other teeth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. A bridge replaces multiple teeth that are next to each other in the dental arch. An implant-supported bridge uses dental implants to hold the bridge in place and does not require healthy, natural teeth to be ground down for a prosthetic.
- 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 most or all of their teeth can achieve a complete smile again with full-arch restoration. This procedure uses dental implants to support a new arch of teeth.
Dental Implant Surgery
Your surgeon will administer the anesthetic and wait for it to take effect. Then, the doctor will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the titanium implant post. Over time, the post will fuse with your jaw bone and when you have healed, the custom-made crown is placed. If you need a tooth extracted, an implant can be placed during the same visit.
If you do not have enough sturdy bone to support a dental implant, we can place a bone graft to help rebuild the jaw bone and support the implant. Depending on your specific needs, you may require an additional appointment to place the bone graft and give it enough time to heal.
Dental Implant Cost and Value
Dental implants have a high success rate, but that’s not the only reason they’re so popular. When patients rebuild their smiles, they want a solution that looks natural. Dental implants are so lifelike that many people can’t even tell which tooth is the implant. They also require no special dental care to maintain good oral hygiene.
Many patients who use removable dentures find them to be cumbersome, and they often cause sores and slide around throughout the day. Dentures may cost less upfront, but the cost of more complex procedures down the line can become more expensive in the long run. Removable restorative options don’t preserve jaw bone health or prevent gum recession, which may eventually require advanced surgical work.
The cost of a dental implant depends on how many you need, the details of your insurance, and if any other procedures are necessary, such as extractions or bone grafts. We will discuss your personal treatment plan during the consultation and provide an accurate cost estimate.
Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Implants
How painful is it to get dental implants?
Our goal is to make any procedure as comfortable as possible. We offer a variety of anesthesia and sedation options for your comfort, and our staff is highly trained to monitor and ensure safety throughout treatment. Our practice also offers EXPAREL®, a non-addictive solution for pain management after surgery. Visit our EXPAREL page to learn more.
Local anesthesia is often enough to provide comfortable implant placement, although some patients may require or choose IV sedation. Post-operative pain can often be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, ice packs, and rest.
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
On average, it takes between 30 and 60 minutes per implant. Once the implant post is placed, you will spend the next few months healing before you receive the permanent, custom-made crown. This time varies depending on the extent of your surgery and your body’s natural healing process.
When can I eat normally after getting dental implants?
We recommend a soft food diet for the first few days following surgery. Gradually return to your normal diet as tolerated, and be sure you are taking in lots of fluids to stay hydrated. You should avoid spicy foods and drinks for 2 weeks following surgery.
Who is not a candidate for dental implants?
If you are not healthy enough to undergo general surgical procedures, you may not be a candidate for dental implants. You must have enough sturdy bone in the jaw to support the replacement tooth. Dental implants may not be an option for those who severely grind or clench their teeth or who take certain steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system.
Is it too late for a dental implant?
As long as you are healthy enough to undergo general surgery and have enough jaw bone to support an implant, you can be considered for dental implant placement. A healthy smile is possible at any age, and we encourage you to contact our office to learn about how we can make implant placement possible.
Denture Replacement With Dental Implants
Dental implants are the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth. However, implants also serve as a solution to full or partial dentures. Many patients who wear dentures find them to be cumbersome. Removable dentures must be taken out during meals and brushing, and all dentures should be replaced every few years. The cost of maintenance can add up, plus the inconvenience of everyday use such as oral sores or slipping parts.
Only a few implant posts are needed to support a fixed denture through full-arch restoration, completely eliminating the need for removable traditional dentures. Your replacement teeth are securely attached to the implant posts, which fuse to the jaw bone for stability and to prevent jaw bone atrophy. If you wear dentures and are looking for a long-term, healthy alternative, contact us for a consultation regarding denture replacement in Greenville, SC, today.
We Are Here for You
Learn about dental implants, schedule an appointment, and more. Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery has three convenient offices in Greenville: our Cherrydale office on the north side, our Eastside office northeast of town, and our Verdae office near the intersection of I-85 and I-385. Contact Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Greenville, SC, today.