In the world of modern dentistry, dental implants stand as a testament to the ongoing development and advancement of the field. These remarkable innovations have proven to be life-changing for patients who suffer from missing teeth.
At 818 Dental, we are proud to play a role in this transformation by providing top-notch dental implant restorations, giving our Durham, NC patients the opportunity to enjoy a complete and confident smile. While we do not place the dental implants ourselves, we plan to do so in the near future! For now, we excel in restoring them to reveal the perfect smile you’ve always desired. Read below to learn more!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth. They consist of three main components:
- Titanium implant post: A biocompatible screw-like structure that is surgically inserted into the jawbone, acting as a root for the artificial tooth.
- Abutment: A connector that links the implant post to the dental restoration (crown or bridge).
- Dental restoration: The visible part of the implant, such as a crown or bridge, which is designed to match the appearance and function of your natural teeth.
The Types Of Dental Implants
At 818 Dental, we provide restorations for single dental implants and implant-supported bridges:
Single Dental Implants
A single dental implant replaces an individual missing tooth. It consists of the implant post, abutment, and dental crown. The crown is custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your existing teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking restoration.
Implant-supported bridges are used to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. These bridges are anchored by dental implants on either side of the gap, providing a sturdy and durable solution for restoring your smile and chewing function.
The Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer numerous advantages over traditional tooth replacement options, such as dentures and dental bridges. They:
- Provide a natural look and feel, closely mimicking the appearance and function of natural teeth
- Prevent bone loss in the jaw, preserving your facial structure
- Require no alteration to adjacent teeth, preserving your natural dentition
- Offer exceptional stability and durability, lasting for many years with proper care
The Process From Consultation To Completion
While we currently only provide the restoration aspect of dental implants, we want any patients who are curious about the procedure to understand what it entails. From the initial consultation to the treatment’s completion, patients can find a comprehensive guide below. With this information, every step can be taken with confidence and knowledge of what to expect.
- Consultation and evaluation: The first step in the dental implant process is a comprehensive consultation with a dental implant specialist. This appointment typically involves a thorough examination, including x-rays and possibly a CT scan, to assess your oral health and bone density. The specialist will discuss your medical history, evaluate your needs and preferences, and develop a personalized treatment plan. They will also address any questions or concerns you may have.
- Implant placement: Once you are deemed a suitable candidate for dental implants, the specialist will place the titanium implant post into your jawbone during a surgical procedure. They will make an incision in the gum tissue and carefully insert the implant into the jawbone. Local anesthesia or sedation may be used to ensure your comfort during the procedure. After the implant is placed, the gum tissue is sutured closed, and the healing process begins.
- Healing and osseointegration: Over the next few months, the implant will gradually fuse with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This integration is what provides a stable foundation for your dental restoration. The healing time can vary depending on the individual and the specific case but generally takes between three to six months.
- Abutment placement: After the implant has integrated with the jawbone, an abutment will be attached to the implant. This procedure may require a minor surgical intervention, where the gum tissue is opened to expose the implant, and the abutment is attached into place. The gum tissue is then allowed to heal around the abutment, typically taking a few weeks. Alternatively, if a healing abutment is placed by the specialist at the time of implant placement surgery, the implant will already be accessible; this will simply involve swapping the healing abutment for a final abutment.
- Restoration at 818 Dental: Once the final abutment is attached, it’s time for the last step—the dental implant restoration at our office. We will create a custom-made crown or bridge designed to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. Our skilled provider will attach the restoration to the abutment, ensuring a secure fit and seamless appearance. We’ll make any necessary adjustments to ensure your bite is comfortable and functional.
Maintaining Dental Implants
To ensure the longevity of your dental implants, follow a diligent oral hygiene routine that includes regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. This helps prevent gum disease and other complications that could jeopardize the success of your implants.
Am I A Candidate?
Candidates for dental implant restorations should have:
- Adequate jawbone density to support the implant
- Good overall oral health
- A commitment to maintaining proper oral hygiene
At 818 Dental, we understand the transformative power of a full, dependable smile. Our team is here to answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have about your dental implant restoration. Our goal is to ensure that your restorative addition is tailored to your specific needs, providing a seamless blend with your existing smile. Trust our team of specialists to guide you through the process, delivering optimal results for a life-changing smile you can be proud of.