Replacing Missing Teeth

Replacing Missing Teeth

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is a procedure performed by our oral surgeon in Huntersville, NC, to restore the function and aesthetics of a patient's smile after tooth loss. Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots.

Once integrated with the bone, implants provide a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. This treatment offers numerous benefits, including improving chewing ability and speech clarity, supporting facial appearance, preventing bone loss, and preserving oral health.

Dental implants are suitable for individuals with one or more missing teeth, regardless of age, as long as they have sufficient bone density and good overall health. Candidates may include those seeking a long-term solution for tooth loss, individuals with compromised chewing ability due to missing teeth, or those looking to enhance their smile and regain confidence in their appearance. Overall, dental implants offer a permanent and reliable solution for tooth replacement, significantly improving oral function, aesthetics, and quality of life for eligible patients. 

Who Can Benefit From Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants?

  • Individuals with single-tooth loss due to trauma, decay, or other dental issues 
  • People with multiple missing teeth in different areas of the mouth 
  • Edentulous patients who have lost all their teeth in one or both dental arches 
  • Patients struggling with loose or ill-fitting dentures 
  • Those experiencing jawbone resorption or bone loss following tooth extraction 
  • Candidates seeking a permanent and reliable solution for tooth replacement 
  • Individuals who prefer fixed prosthetics over removable alternatives 

The Procedure for Replacing Missing Teeth

Initial Consultation and Treatment Planning

The journey to dental implants begins with an initial consultation with our oral surgeon at The Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. During this appointment, our dental professional will assess your oral health, review your medical history, and discuss your treatment goals and expectations. X-rays or CT scans may be taken to evaluate bone density and assess the condition of the surrounding tissues. Based on this comprehensive evaluation, a personalized treatment plan will be created to address your specific needs and preferences. 

Surgical Placement of the Dental Implant

Once the treatment plan is finalized, the surgical phase of the dental implant procedure can begin. The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the process.

The oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum tissue during the procedure to expose the underlying jawbone. A small hole is then carefully drilled into the bone, and the dental implant, which resembles a small screw or cylinder, is securely placed into the prepared socket. Sometimes, a temporary restoration may be attached to the implant to maintain aesthetics and function during healing. 

Osseointegration and Healing Period

Following the surgical placement of the dental implant, osseointegration begins. Over the next several months, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue, forming a strong and stable bond.

During this healing period, it's essential to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by your dental professional. This may include taking prescribed medications, practicing good oral hygiene, and avoiding activities that could disrupt the healing process. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor healing progress and ensure the implant integrates successfully with the bone.  

Placement of the Abutment and Restoration

Once osseointegration is complete and the implant is fully integrated with the bone, the next phase of the dental implant procedure can proceed. An abutment, which connects the implant and the final restoration, is attached to the implant via a small surgical procedure. Impressions of your teeth and gums are then taken to create a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture that will be securely affixed to the abutment.

The final restoration is meticulously crafted to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth in terms of color, shape, and function, resulting in a beautiful and functional smile. Contact us today to learn more! 

Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth? 

Preserve Jawbone Health 

One of the most significant advantages of dental implants in Huntersville, NC, is their ability to preserve jawbone health. When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone deteriorates over time due to lack of stimulation. This process, known as bone resorption, can lead to a weakened jawbone and changes in facial appearance.

Dental implants mimic the function of natural tooth roots, providing the necessary stimulation to prevent bone loss and maintain the jawbone's integrity. By preserving bone density and volume, dental implants help retain facial contours and avoid the sunken facial appearance commonly associated with tooth loss. 

Restore Oral Function and Comfort 

Missing teeth can make simple tasks such as chewing, speaking, and smiling more challenging and uncomfortable. Traditional tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges may provide temporary relief but often come with limitations and discomfort. Dental implants, on the other hand, offer a permanent and stable solution that restores oral function and comfort.

Because they are anchored securely in the jawbone, dental implants function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods, speak clearly, and confidently smile. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants eliminate the worry of slippage or discomfort, providing a seamless and comfortable chewing experience. 

Long-Term Solution for Tooth Loss 

Unlike traditional tooth replacement options that may need frequent adjustments or replacements, dental implants offer a long-term solution for tooth loss. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime, providing a reliable and durable solution that eliminates the need for constant repairs or replacements.

By investing in dental implants, you invest in your long-term oral health and well-being, saving time and money in the long run. 

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is not just about restoring your smile; it's about preserving your oral health, enhancing your confidence, and improving your quality of life. If you're considering tooth replacement options, 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 the benefits of dental implants and take the first step toward reclaiming your smile and confidence.


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