Dental Implants in Durham, NC
Dental Implants can be a great alternative to replace missing teeth. Implants can restore your smile and eating function without grinding down adjacent teeth and without the need for removable partial dentures. We partner with dental specialists including periodontists and oral surgeons to complete the dental implant process.
What Is An Implant?
An implant is a special type of screw that is placed directly in bone. Once the implant has fully healed, it integrates with your bone to provide a stable foundation. We are then able to restore the implant with a single tooth crown or even an entire arch.
How Does the Process Work?
Our doctors begin with a personalized, comprehensive exam to determine your best treatment options. We then refer you to our specialists who places the implant into your bone. The specialists take great care to ensure that the implant is healthy and stable before we restore it with a permanent crown. The implant placement is performed under localized anesthetic to minimize any discomfort during the procedure.
Restoring the implant with a crown is very similar to the process used to place a crown on a natural tooth. We take an impression of the implant so our dental lab can fabricate a custom crown that is specifically designed for your smile. It takes a few weeks for the crown fabrication to be completed. Once it is finished, we place the crown onto the implant, and review how to brush, floss, and care for your new dental implant and crown.
If you currently have dentures or have been treatment planned to transition to them, implant supported dentures are another great option to increase stability.
Dentures rely on the anatomy of your bone and tissue for support. Traditional dentures do restore your smile and allow you to eat properly, however it has been estimated that even if they fit perfectly, they will only function around 30% as well as your natural teeth. This means that you will need to adapt to new chewing and speaking techniques in order for the denture to function appropriately.
Dentures that are supported by implants are much more stable than traditional dentures. They can reestablish function that is similar to your natural teeth while beautifully restoring your smile. If you’ve had problems with ill-fitting dentures, or are interested in improving your eating function, implant retained dentures could be a great option to give you back your smile.
Interested in Implants?
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options concerning a single missing tooth or an entire arch, please schedule a consult with us today! We will be happy to go over your smile with you, and formulate a treatment plan that is customized for you.