After losing any number of permanent teeth, you’ll likely find that chewing certain foods and pronouncing words clearly have become much more difficult tasks. Eventually, you may notice that the rest of your teeth have started to shift out of place, and your jawbone will start to break down from the lack of stimulation. Replacing your teeth as soon as possible is essential for your oral health – and dental implants are often the best way to do just that. Call Magnolia Shores Family Dental today to set up a consultation to discuss replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Summerfield, NC with Dr. Parry.
Dental implants are small metal posts that can support artificial teeth. While other forms of tooth replacement rest on the gums or on natural teeth, implants are inserted directly into the jawbone itself; this gives them the unique ability to act as artificial roots that stimulate the bone and prevent it from shrinking. Most dental implants are made from titanium, which is a highly biocompatible metal that can join with the bone through the natural process of osseointegration.
While not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, some steps can be taken to make the procedure more viable. For example, if your jaw currently lacks the density to support implant posts, we might recommend having a bone graft performed. Also, periodontal therapy and other treatments might be necessary to ensure that your mouth is completely free of infection before the surgery. It’s important to know that the implant process will be different depending on how many teeth you’ve lost.
Even if a missing tooth isn’t visible when you smile, it can still throw off the balance of your bite and cause other health difficulties. The gap can be filled with a single implant post that is eventually topped with a porcelain crown after osseointegration is complete.
When three or more teeth in a row are gone, an implant-retained bridge can be used. Traditional bridges rest on two abutment teeth, which involves the removal of enamel. Such alterations can be avoided if the bridge is placed on a pair of dental implants instead.
Even guests who have lost an entire arch of teeth can still get implants. A full denture can be anchored to four to eight implant posts so that it won’t slip at inconvenient times. When a denture is permanently attached to implants, it can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.
The All-on-4 procedure is an advanced technique that lets guests who have suffered from extensive tooth loss get new teeth much faster. Four dental implant posts are strategically inserted into the jaw at specific angles so that they have the strength and stability to support a temporary denture right away.
Dental implant placement involves a surgical stage and a restoration stage. For the surgical stage, we will refer you to a skilled oral surgeon who is located right next door to our dental office; with their expertise, you can rest assured that every precaution will be taken to ensure the procedure’s success. In a few months, after the implant has fully integrated with your jaw, you can return to our dental office so Dr. Parry can place a crown, bridge, or denture.
You need to have a consultation before an estimate of the cost of dental implants can be made. That is because the price is going to vary from guest to guest based on:
Don’t forget to review your insurance benefits; not every plan will pay for the implants themselves, but related procedures could still be covered.
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