Providing Dental Implants to Lake Norman & it’s Surrounding Communities
There’s absolutely nothing like our natural teeth, but the truth is most of us will loose a tooth, for one reason or another as we age. In fact, approximately 125 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and are excellent candidates for dental implants.
Dental Implant Options We Offer:
- Replacing Missing Teeth
- Tooth Implant Process
- Single Tooth Dental Implant
- Full Mouth Dental Implants
- Bone Grafting for Implants
- Implant Supported Overdenture
- Same Day Dental Implants
- After Dental Implant Placement FAQ
- Cost of Dental Implants
- What To Ask Before You Get Dental Implants
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental Implants are made of three components: a titanium post, and abutment and a crown. The post is the actual implant that is screwed into the jawbone, and the crown is the visible part of the replacement tooth. An abutment connects the crown to the post. Multiple crowns and even full arches can be supported by two, four or more implants.
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Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants Operate as Natural Teeth
Since dental implants are made of titanium – a metal that is biocompatible with bone – they have the rare ability to fuse with your jaw, acting as roots and anchoring your new tooth to your jawbone, much like the structure of natural teeth. Our highly trained Oral Surgeon, Dr. Rendulich places implants during a routine procedure. The implant then fuses to the bone after several months of healing. Once it has fused and Dr. Rendulich checks it, your dentist will make a crown to place on the post. The implant will feel and look very natural and is often indistinguishable from your other teeth. Thanks to the complete fusion of the implant to your jaw, your new tooth will not slip or shift positions like dentures do.
Implants Can Last A Lifetime
The stability that results once an implant fully integrates with the jawbone makes them the most valuable teeth replacement option in the long run. While we cannot guarantee that implants last forever, with proper care, they have the potential to last a lifetime.
Implants Provide Structure For Adjacent Teeth
Did you know that most non-implant replacement methods require the new tooth to rely on its neighbor? Partial dentures depend on adjacent teeth for support and can cause them to shift or loosen over time. Bridges cause stress on the neighboring teeth and make them susceptible to decay. Also, Bridges can cause the nerve to die, and this would require a Root Canal to fix. Quite the contrary for dental implants! Self-sufficient as they stand alone, implants help protect their neighbors by carrying their own load and aiding in the maintenance of jaw health. Implants are the most natural way we have to replace a tooth.
Implants Promote Jaw Health
Your jawbone begins to lost its mass at the moment you lose a tooth due to lack of stimulation. Living tissue, such as bone, requires stimulation (which teeth provide during chewing) to rebuild itself and stay healthy. When a jaw is left untreated after losing a tooth, it will begin to deteriorate, making it more difficult to place an implant in the future. Faces begin to take on an aged look prematurely and jaws become susceptible to fractures if many teeth are lost and note replaced. The prevention of bone mass deterioration is an advantage offered by no other teeth replacement method. Again, implants are the most natural way we have to replace a tooth, and they function most similarly to a natural tooth.
Implants Are Easy, Requiring No Extra Maintenance
Perhaps, the most convenient benefit of dental implants is that they require only the same type of care you give your natural teeth – brushing twice and flossing daily. Simply keep up on the regular cleanings by your dentist, like you do for your natural teeth and your implants will remain in good shape. While dentures require special creams, adhesives and overnight soaking, good oral hygiene and regular visits to our office is all that is needed to maintain optimal oral health and to avoid gum disease.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.