Are you considering getting dental implants? Maybe you have heard of them but don’t know much about them. At QC South Dentistry in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Rebecca Bradley can explain what dental implants are and how they can benefit your oral health in the long term—or recommend an alternative restorative dentistry solution.
Dental implants are a popular and effective option for those seeking to replace missing teeth. Each dental implant comprises a titanium screw placed into the jawbone. Titanium screws fuse very well with bone and is what’s used in knee and other joint surgeries as well. Once the implants are integrated in the bone, an impression is taken for the lab to custom make a connecting piece (abutment) and a the part that looks like a tooth (crown). Those are then attached and it looks just like a tooth.
When it comes to replacing severely damaged or missing teeth, there are several options to choose from. However, dental implants are unlike any other tooth replacement device. Unlike dentures or dental bridges, dental implants stand alone and do not affect your other teeth. You are essentially building a tooth from scratch. Beyond the cosmetic benefits of dental implants, they also improve chewing ability and can help prevent bone loss of the jaw and shifting of your other teeth. Overall, dental implants are a wise investment for oral health because you can enjoy a full, confident smile.
Are you considering dental implants to replace missing teeth but unsure what the process entails? While the dental implant procedure might seem initially intimidating, QC South Dentistry can guide you through this multi-step process. Dental implant placement begins with a consultation with Dr. Bradley, who will determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants. Next, a specialist that Dr. Bradley works with will surgically place the titanium screw (implant) into the jawbone. The implant will fuse with the bone over the next few months. Once the implants integrates, you will have two visits with Dr. Bradley. The first is to take an impression for the lab to custom make your abutment (connector) and crown. In the second visit, we will seat them and you will be all set with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.