Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Say Goodbye to Bridges and Dentures With Dental Implants

You might not think that a single missing tooth would have much of an impact on your overall dental and oral health. However, it can actually be both extensive and devastating for both your mouth and your confidence.

Do you want to spend the rest of your life covering your mouth, fearful that someone might see the gap between your teeth? How do you feel about losing more teeth as your remaining teeth shift and you lose bone mass in your jaw? Both of these are very real possibilities if you do nothing about one or more missing teeth, that’s a fact. Other problems include issues with eating without pain or speaking without slurring or mumbling.

Fortunately, though, you have a very attractive option that you may not have considered: dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small, metal (usually titanium) posts or screws that are surgically inserted into the jaw. Once this is done, a prosthetic tooth (or crown) can be made and fitted onto the implant permanently. The whole procedure takes only a few weeks or months of healing time and is minimally invasive and minimally painful.

When it is complete, the new tooth will look and feel like all of your other teeth. You’ll be able to smile without worrying about any gaps, and you’ll be able to eat comfortably and speak clearly, too. You’ll feel like you have a whole new lease on life with better oral health and a more beautiful smile.

What Can You Expect When You Choose Dental Implants?

During your initial procedure to have your dental implant(s) inserted into your jaw, we will need to cut away the gum tissue and cut into the jaw, as well. After our dentist, Dr. Lowe is finished with this process, he will stitch the gum tissue back together and put a temporary crown in place to cover the implant and prevent trauma or infection as your gums heal.

The healing process for your gums and jaw usually takes between three and six months, but this can be shorter or longer for some patients, depending on a number of factors, including overall oral health. During this time, the temporary crown will remain in place, but once the healing is complete we can begin placing the new permanent tooth (or teeth).

Once your gums have healed, we will take impressions of your teeth and have your new tooth custom made to fit perfectly in your mouth. When we install the permanent tooth, we will reshape it as necessary to ensure that your bite is even and comfortable. This may require more than one visit, but the shaping and fitting process should take no more than two to six weeks at the most.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

If you have missing teeth but you have enough bone mass left in your jaw to support them, dental implants are almost definitely the right choice for you. Even if you have some bone loss in your jaw, we may still be able to offer you subperiosteal implants, which are placed under the gum but not in the jawbone.

In general, if you are looking for a permanent means to replace a missing tooth without a bridge anchored to the adjacent teeth, dental implants are a great choice. They look and feel completely natural, and they require no special care.

Once your implants have healed and your new teeth have been placed, you’ll simply brush and floss them daily and make regular appointments with us for dental exams and cleanings in Charlotte. That’s all you need to do as far as aftercare goes. If you do this, you can expect your implants to last for years without any trouble at all. Experience the many benefits of dental implants for yourself.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a consultation, call our dentist, Robert A. Lowe, DDS at 704-450-3321 today, or fill out our online contact form.