Dental Implants in Rock Hill, SC
Improve Your Confidence and Oral Health
Most people will end up losing an adult tooth in their lifetime, and there are many tooth restoration options to consider. Dental implants are a popular choice because they offer the same benefits as a natural tooth, restoring aesthetics and functionality to your smile.
Oral surgeons specialize in tooth restoration and placing dental implants. At Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery, we will design a custom treatment plan based on your needs and help you achieve the happy, healthy smile you deserve.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
A tooth’s root stimulates the jaw bone during chewing, keeping it strong and healthy. When a tooth is missing, the jaw bone no longer gets stimulated. This leads to bone loss, which can cause facial features to sag and other teeth to shift out of place.
A dental implant replicates a natural tooth, including the root. It stimulates the jaw bone, and the crown prevents other teeth from shifting into the empty space. Whether you’re missing only one tooth, several teeth, or are looking for a full-arch restoration, our team is here to help.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Easy Maintenance. Take care of a dental implant with regular brushing and flossing, just like a natural tooth. Maintain regular checkups with your dentist and your implant will serve you for many years.
- Improve Oral Health. Dental implants help keep the jaw bone strong and healthy. This prevents bone deterioration and keeps nearby teeth from shifting into the spot the tooth was missing.
- Regain Confidence. You can live, laugh, and eat with confidence without the need to hide your smile. No matter how many teeth you need replaced, dental implants give you your smile back.
- Enjoy Food Again. Dental implants are strong, so you can eat your favorite foods without worrying about discomfort or removable parts.
Types of Dental Implants
We see many patients with a variety of conditions, and we want to help more people restore their smiles by offering several types of dental implant procedures.
- Single Tooth Replacements. A dental implant can restore a missing tooth or teeth anywhere in the mouth, even molars.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. A bridge restores the appearance of several teeth missing next to each other in the dental arch and nearby teeth or dental implants support it. Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t require your natural teeth to be shaved down in order to make room for the prosthesis.
- Immediate Implants. When you have a tooth extracted it can be replaced with a dental implant that same day. This keeps your smile complete and functional while reducing the number of appointments needed.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Patients with many missing or decayed teeth may require an entirely new smile. Only a few dental implants can support a new arch of upper or lower teeth, resulting in a fully functioning, complete smile.
Dental Implant Surgery
During your your first visit, you will meet your oral surgeon, go over your treatment plan, and discuss your options for anesthesia. We will take 3D scans of your mouth to determine precisely where the implant will go and locate nearby nerves.
On the day of surgery, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the implant post. The post will fuse with the jaw bone, which can take several weeks to months. If you lack enough strong bone to support the implant, we may place a bone graft to promote the growth of new bone. This often requires you to come back for the implant post once the graft has healed.
Oral surgeons specialize in implant dentistry and ensuring the replacement tooth promotes healthy gums, jaw bone, and contributes to overall good oral health.
Dental Implant Cost and Value
Several things determine the cost of a dental implant, including how many you need, your insurance, your choice of anesthesia, and if you need other surgical procedures, such as extractions or bone grafts. We provide an accurate cost estimate during your first visit and can submit insurance claims on your behalf, provided we have the necessary information.
Removable dentures may cost less at first, but they don’t preserve jaw bone health like dental implants. Not restoring the missing teeth can cause costly procedures down the line, such as treatment for periodontal disease or more complex bone repair. Many patients find dentures to be embarrassing and dislike having to remove them during eating and cleaning.
Dental implants fuse with your jaw, meaning that they become a permanent addition to your smile. They remain in your mouth at all times and are the only replacement solution to preserve the structure of the jaw bone. Besides being a long-term solution, dental implants have a high success rate and can help you love your smile again.
Denture Replacement With Dental ImplantsDentures and dental implants are both options for replacing missing teeth, but they are very different. Dentures rest on the bony ridge in the mouth and do not prevent jaw bone loss, whereas implants fuse with the jaw bone to keep it strong. Patients who wear dentures often find them uncomfortable and if not professionally fitted, the denture can cause sores. Dental implants are custom-made to feel natural and comfortable inside your mouth.
Dental implant posts can support a fixed denture through full-arch restoration, a life-changing procedure that results in a healthy, fully functioning new smile. By replacing your dentures with dental implants, you can feel more confident about your smile and your replacement teeth will look and feel natural. Contact our office to learn more about denture replacement in Rock Hill, SC.
Frequently Asked Questions: Dental Implants
How painful is it to get dental implants?
Our surgical team is trained to safely administer anesthesia and we offer many options for any surgical procedure. We understand anxiety and dental phobias and want every patient to feel at ease throughout treatment. Our practice proudly offers EXPAREL®, a non-addictive, single-use option for pain management following surgery. Learn more on our EXPAREL page.
How long does implant surgery take?
Generally, surgery takes about 1 hour per implant. Your surgical time will vary if you need extractions or bone grafts, or if you are receiving an entirely new smile with full-arch. A single implant can usually be placed in as little as 30 minutes.
How do you clean under implants?
Brush and floss your dental implant twice a day just like a natural tooth. Follow instructions provided by your oral surgeon in regards to special floss, rinses, or irrigators. Keeping your implant clean will help it remain healthy.
How long does it take for a dental implant to feel normal?
You can expect to return to your normal routine a few days after your implant surgery. It becomes a permanent part of your smile and will not feel any different than a natural tooth. Some discomfort and swelling can be expected shortly after the procedure, but once fully healed, the implant will look and function like a natural part of your smile.
We Are Here for You
Learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment, and more. Our Rock Hill office is located in the Wintercrest area on the north side of Rock Hill. Contact Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery in Rock Hill, SC, today.