If you think missing teeth isn’t a widespread problem, think again. It’s estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, while about 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. The skilled team of professionals at Loveland Dental Group offers dental implants to fill these gaps in your smile. With locations in High Point, Cornelius, Concord, Winston-Salem and Mooresville, North Carolina and Fort Mill, South Carolina, the team provides convenient consultations for dental implants, as well as for the revolutionary All-on-4® full-arch implant restoration system. To learn more call the office or use the online booking tool today and set up a time to come in.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots that you can have surgically placed in your jawbone to support highly natural-feeling prosthetic teeth.
These implants are made of titanium and can support bridges, crowns, or dentures. Any restoration attached to an implant won’t slip or slide around inside your mouth. Implants can even support an entire set of brand new teeth if you’re missing all of your top or bottom teeth.
How do dental implants work?
Getting dental implants typically requires at least two, if not more, in-office visits. First, the team performs oral surgery to insert the implant directly into your jawbone. If you’re missing all of your top or bottom teeth, they offer All-on-4®, the implant restoration system that uses just four strategically placed implants to replace all of your teeth.
After oral surgery, your jaw needs time to heal before it can support permanent restorations. In the meantime, you’ll be fitted with temporary prosthetics so you leave the office with a brand new smile after one visit. Your jawbone will take several months to heal and fully integrate your new implants.
Once your jaw is healed, you come back for another appointment. During this visit, you’ll have your permanent restoration attached to your new implants.
What are the benefits of implants?
With implants, not only do you achieve a new smile, but you also improve functions such as chewing, speaking, and digestion. There are also key oral health benefits. When you’re missing teeth, your surrounding teeth can shift over into the empty spaces, causing malocclusions. Teeth that become crooked also become harder to keep clean. This puts you at an increased risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth and bone loss.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care and management, your dental implants can last you practically a lifetime. Make sure to continue brushing, flossing, and eating a healthy diet, just like you would with natural teeth. Also, maintain your regular visits for checkups and cleanings.
To schedule a consultation for dental implants at Loveland Dental Group, call the office or use the online booking tool today.