What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that is typically made up of three parts. The implant post is surgically placed into the jaw bone. It serves as a replacement tooth root and will support a dental restoration. The next part is a small connector piece called an abutment. This is the part that will connect the implant post to the restoration. The last part is a dental prosthesis. This will either be a dental crown, dental bridge, partial denture, or full denture depending on how many teeth are missing and their location.
What are the advantages to choosing them to restore missing teeth?
Dental implants are a great solution for people with missing teeth or who have damaged teeth that will need extracted. They provide many advantages over traditional methods of teeth replacement including being able to chew better, prevention of bone loss, and a more natural appearance. When compared to bridges or removable dentures, they do not require damaging healthy teeth and they do not slip around in the mouth or cause slurred speech.
Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?
The process to get dental implants requires a surgical procedure. As with any surgery, you must be in good overall health. Age is not a factor as long as you are healthy. You should also be in good oral health. Treatment for gum disease or a bone graft may be recommended to ensure optimal results. Optimal bone structure is important for the success of the implants. One of our Burlington, NC highly trained dentists will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, jaw, and mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Will I need to visit a specialist or another office?
Fuller Dental in Burlington, NC offers full services for every stage of the dental implant process. This will ensure the consistency of care you will receive from treatment planning to the final attachment of your restoration. We are a one-stop dental implant office for the replacement of damaged or missing teeth.
Can dental implants replace all of my teeth?
Yes! If you are missing most or all of your teeth, we can replace them with a removable implant-retained denture or a fixed implant-supported denture. A removable implant-retained denture is a much better option compared to traditional removable dentures. They do not require adhesive to stay in place and offer 50% better chewing power. This type of implant denture requires two to six dental implants. Implant-supported dentures can only be removed by your dentist and is the best solution available when a patient is missing an entire row of teeth. It gives the patient full chewing power allowing them to eat whatever they want. They require at least four dental implants supporting per arch. Depending on your unique case, up to eight implants may be needed.
Why do dental implants cost so much?
Dental implants require in-depth planning, at least one surgical procedure (sometimes two), months of healing time where monitoring the patient is necessary, and of course materials. The planning alone will require a lot of your dentist’s time and the entire process will necessitate many appointments at our Burlington, NC dentist office. This compared to the little planning and two trips needed for a traditional bridge or denture is going to be costly. When considering cost, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of each tooth replacement option. Dental implants will give the patient a better quality of life and a long term solution to tooth loss.
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