Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants are devices used to replace missing teeth by surgically anchoring artificial tooth roots into the jawbone by our oral surgeon in Huntersville, NC. Composed of biocompatible materials such as titanium, implants serve as stable foundations for attaching custom-made crowns, bridges, or dentures, restoring the aesthetics and functionality of natural teeth. Virtually anyone missing one or more teeth due to injury, decay, or periodontal disease can benefit from dental implants.

Whether replacing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch, implants offer a permanent and durable solution that mimics natural teeth look, feel, and function. Additionally, individuals seeking to improve their oral health, speech, chewing ability, and overall quality of life can benefit immensely from dental implant treatment, enhancing their confidence and well-being for years to come. 

Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants 

Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant in Huntersville, NC, and are widely used for single-tooth replacement, multiple-tooth replacement, and full-arch restorations. These implants consist of titanium posts surgically inserted directly into the jawbone, where they fuse with the surrounding bone tissue through a process called osseointegration.

Endosteal implants provide a stable and durable foundation for dental crowns, bridges, or dentures, offering a lifelike restoration that closely mimics the appearance and function of natural teeth. 

Subperiosteal Implants 

Subperiosteal implants are an alternative to endosteal implants for patients with insufficient bone volume or density to support traditional implant placement. Unlike endosteal implants, inserted into the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are placed on top of the jawbone and beneath the gum tissue. These implants consist of a metal framework that conforms to the shape of the jawbone and is secured in place with screws.

Subperiosteal implants are often used to support dental prosthetics in patients with severe bone resorption or anatomical limitations. 

The Dental Implant Process 

The dental implant process begins with a comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning session with our oral surgeon at The Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. This involves assessing the patient's oral health, bone density, and treatment goals to determine the most appropriate implant placement strategy. 

The implant fixture is precisely positioned into the jawbone during the surgical procedure using advanced surgical techniques. Depending on the patient's unique needs and bone structure, additional procedures such as bone grafting or sinus augmentation may be performed to ensure optimal implant stability and success. 

Following implant placement, a period of healing is required to allow for osseointegration, the process by which the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue. This typically takes several months, and the implant becomes securely integrated into the jawbone. 

Once osseointegration is complete, the abutment is attached to the implant fixture. This involves exposing the implant and placing the abutment onto the implant fixture, which protrudes above the gum line. 

Finally, the prosthetic restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, is custom-fabricated and securely attached to the abutment. The restoration is carefully crafted to blend seamlessly with the patient's natural teeth, ensuring a lifelike appearance and optimal function. Contact us today! 

The Uses of Dental Implants 

Single Tooth Replacement 

One of the most common uses of dental implants is to replace a single missing tooth. Whether due to injury, decay, or other dental issues, a single tooth implant can seamlessly fill the gap left by the missing tooth, restoring both function and aesthetics. By anchoring an artificial tooth root within the jawbone and attaching a customized dental crown, dental implants provide a durable and natural-looking solution that blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. 

Multiple Teeth Replacement 

In cases where multiple adjacent teeth are missing or require extraction, dental implants can support dental bridges or partial dentures. By strategically placing implant fixtures within the jawbone and attaching prosthetic teeth to the implants, dental professionals can create a stable and secure restoration that restores chewing function, prevents shifting of adjacent teeth, and preserves jawbone integrity. 

Full Arch Replacement 

Dental implants offer a comprehensive solution known as full-arch restoration or implant-supported dentures for patients missing an entire arch of teeth, such as the upper or lower jaw. By placing a series of dental implants along the jawbone and attaching a customized denture or bridge to the implants, dental professionals can provide patients with a fixed and lifelike restoration that mimics the appearance and function of natural teeth. This approach eliminates the need for removable dentures, enhances chewing efficiency, and improves overall comfort and confidence. 

Implant-Supported Prosthetics 

In addition to replacing missing teeth, dental implants can support various dental prosthetics, including overdentures, hybrid dentures, and implant-supported bridges. By anchoring these prosthetics to dental implants, patients can enjoy enhanced stability, comfort, and functionality compared to traditional removable prosthetics. Implant-supported prosthetics eliminate denture slippage, sore spots, and discomfort, providing a more secure and reliable solution for patients with extensive tooth loss. 

Facial Aesthetic Enhancement 

Beyond their role in tooth replacement, dental implants can also enhance facial aesthetics and restore facial contours in cases of jawbone resorption or facial asymmetry. Dental professionals can augment facial volume, improve facial symmetry, and rejuvenate the smile's appearance by strategically placing implants within the jawbone and attaching prosthetic materials or bone grafts to the implants. This comprehensive approach restores oral function and enhances overall facial harmony and youthfulness. 

Dental implants represent a groundbreaking solution for tooth loss, offering patients a second chance at a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. If you're considering dental implants, visit The Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants at 9713 Northcross Center Court, Suite 100, Huntersville, NC 28078, or call (704) 875-8833 to explore their transformative benefits.


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