Dental Implants in Huntersville, NC
Losing teeth can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Your smile affects everything you do, and gaps in your teeth can make life harder than it needs to be. Thankfully, at Lake Norman Dentistry, we offer sturdy and vibrant dental implants to restore your smile to full functionality.
Dental implants are customized teeth replacement options that are surgically placed into your jaw so you’ll never have to worry about removing them. Our biocompatible titanium implants also fuse to your bone, strengthening your jawbone structure and providing unmatched stability. Your replacements can help give you the freedom to eat and talk like you used to, which is why Dr. Guice highly recommends them as your restoration option.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a prosthetic, permanent tooth replacement option that is designed to replace all parts of your tooth. Most dental restoration options only replace the visible parts of the tooth, but dental implants also replace the roots of the teeth which lie in the jawbone, beneath the gum line. This unique feature allows an added level of stability and makes dental implants the only restoration option that offers jawbone regrowth and protection. A dental implant consists of three parts—the titanium post, the porcelain crown, and the abutment.
The titanium post is the component that replaces the tooth roots. It is surgically secured into your jaw bone, and through a process called osseointegration, becomes fused with the surrounding bone. Your natural tooth roots do more than just keep your teeth in place— they also keep your jawbone stimulated. When you lose a tooth, your jaw tissue can deteriorate over time and even lead to a sunken-looking appearance. The titanium post is placed to protect your jaw as well as provide stability for the restoration.
The porcelain crown is the prosthetic tooth and is the only part of the implant that will be visible. We’ll create your custom replacement to match the rest of your teeth using our natural tooth color palette to ensure a flawlessly restored smile. The abutment connects the post with the porcelain crown.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Your dental implant process begins with an initial consultation appointment. At this time, Dr. Guice will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and jaw. He’ll also provide you with a professional teeth cleaning. During this appointment, we’ll discuss your tooth restoration options.
If you and Dr. Guice decide dental implants are the best option for you, he’ll take a mold of your mouth the same day to ensure your replacements will fit perfectly. We’ll schedule another appointment to address any underlying oral health issues if necessary.
Once your mouth is clean and clear, you’ll return to our Huntersville office for your implant procedure, where Dr. Guice will install a titanium rod under your gum line. This rod acts as your tooth root, fusing to your bone and stabilizing your jaw. These implants will be fitted with temporary crowns to allow the surgical site to heal, which can take anywhere from four to six months depending on the individual.
After the surgical site has fully healed, you’ll visit our office to get your permanent, customized crowns fitted. Once Dr. Guice has installed your replacements, you’ll leave our office with a flawless, pearly, and permanent smile.
Candidacy for Dental Implants
Dental implants are a highly effective way to restore your smile to full function and have a success rate of 98 percent, which is why they are a highly recommended solution to tooth loss. In fact, most patients are great candidates for dental implants. You may be an ideal candidate for dental implants if you:
- Are missing one or more teeth
- Want to eat easily, speak clearly, and smile with confidence again
- Have healthy gums and overall oral wellness
- Have a fully developed jaw and sufficient jaw bone density
- Uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease
- Poor dental health
- Insufficient jawbone density
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Certain medical conditions
- Medications that weaken the immune system
The success of dental implants rely heavily on the osseointegration and the healing process, so there are some situations that may cause difficulties:
Because dental implants are a great way for patients to restore their smile’s look and function, we want to ensure every patient has the opportunity to undergo this procedure. If you’re not an ideal candidate due to your oral health or jawbone density, Dr. Guice may recommend a supplemental procedure or periodontal therapy, depending on your unique situation, in order to increase your candidacy for dental implants.
Aftercare for Dental Implants
Your dental implants can be a lifelong solution to permanent tooth loss as long as you practice proper care. Thankfully, your implant can be cared for just like your natural teeth. Once they’ve fully healed, you’ll brush and floss your implants twice daily along with your natural teeth.
The best way to ensure a lifelong smile is to schedule check-up appointments and cleanings with Dr. Guice every six months. Proper oral hygiene is vital for extending the life of your dental implants.
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Find Your Smile at Lake Norman Dentistry
At Lake Norman Dentistry, we’re proud to offer high-quality titanium dental implants. Dr. Guice and our experienced dental professionals are passionate about giving you the quality teeth replacement options you deserve. These surgically implanted teeth are easy to care for and give you a stable and comfortable replacement that can last a lifetime. To find out more and schedule your consultation appointment, contact our Huntersville office at (704) 895-3858.
There is 40 years of data behind dental implants, with success rates of about 98 percent
Q. I need to replace two missing teeth next to each other. Can I just have one implant placed and attach it to one of my natural teeth and make a bridge?
A. Generally, this is not a good idea. We find that it is generally much better not to attach implants to teeth. We frequently attach implants to each other, which can improve strength and works well. So in a case like this, although it may be more expensive in the short term to place two implants instead of one, the long-term success is likely to be much better with the two implants.
Q. I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?
A. In a large majority of people who are missing their upper back teeth for a long period of time, is the increasing downward growth of the maxillary sinus. At birth, it is the size of a pea and progressively grows as the skull matures. This growth is at the expense of the surrounding bone. If you are considering replacing those upper back teeth with fixed teeth that stay in all the time, it may be necessary to perform a sinus elevation procedure to allow room for placement of dental implants into this area to support those teeth. This involves placement of bone and/or bone substitutes into an area which was previously occupied by the lower part of the maxillary sinus. Most importantly, this procedure increases the available bone use to place implants and restore the missing back teeth.
Q. I've had dentures for several years and have lost a lot of jawbone. My lower dentures are floaters and I need help. Is there still hope for me?
A. In most cases, with the new options available today in the field of dental implants, some form of treatment is possible. We encourage people to get help as soon as possible if they are already having some problems with their current situation. These problems include excessive use of denture adhesives, chewing only soft food, unable to taste some foods, constant mouth sores, unhappy with the appearance of one's teeth and bite position (in some cases the nose and chin getting closer together). The sooner we correct the problems with dental implants, the more choices one has available for treatment. If you have any or all of the above symptoms, implants can very well be the answer for you.
Q. I am missing all of my teeth and am now wearing a full upper and lower denture. I can no longer tolerate my lowers. Will I need an implant for every tooth I am replacing on the lower jaw?
A. It is not necessary to have an implant for every tooth that is being replaced. The number of implants necessary to provide support depends on the type of implants used and the type of teeth (removable vs. non- removable) that will be attached to the implants. A thorough oral exam and panoramic x-ray is all that is necessary in most cases, to determine which implant can be used and how many must be used. Sometimes additional X-rays or CT scans are used in more complicated cases.
Q. I consulted a dentist several years ago about using implants to replace my lower denture and he told me that I did not have adequate bone available to place enough in-the-bone implants without danger of fracturing my now fragile jawbone. Are there any alternatives?
A. Because of the advances in the field of implantology, there are now more choices and techniques. It is rare for a person to not be able to receive an implant or a combination of implants. Today we have available many types of implants designed to accommodate multiple problems.
Q. I had a root canal on a tooth that fractured and now it has to be removed. Can it be replaced with an implant or do I have to have a bridge or a partial?
A. Teeth that have root canals can fracture more easily than other teeth because they are weaker and somewhat dehydrated. They can sometimes be as brittle as glass. In the past, the best available treatment was to remove the tooth and file down the adjacent teeth to make a bridge - caps on the adjacent teeth with an attached "dummy" tooth between. Sometimes this still is the only way. However, in many cases an implant can replace the fractured tooth and we will not need to grind down a tooth to at all.
Definition of Dental Implant Terminology
- An abutment is a component that attaches to the dental implant so a professional can place a dental crown to provide patients with an artificial, aesthetically pleasing and fully-functional smile.
- Multiple replacement teeth that are fixed in place via attachment to dental implants, natural adjacent teeth, or a combination of the two.
- Dental Crown
- A crown is an artificial tooth, usually consisting of porcelain, which covers the top of the implant to provide people with an aesthetically pleasing and fully-functional tooth.
- Dental Implant
- A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
- Endosteal (endosseous)
- Endosteal is a type of dental implant that a professional places in the alveolar and basal bone of the mandible that transcends only one cortical plate.
- Eposteal (subperiosteal)
- Eposteal is a type of dental implant that conforms to whichever edentulous surface of an alveolar bone is superior.
- Implant-Supported Bridge
- An implant-supported bridge is a dental bridge that professionals fix in place with the use of dental implants inserted in the jaw to create a sturdy set of artificial teeth.
- Osseointegration is the process in which a titanium dental implant fuses with the surrounding bone over several months after an oral health professional places the implant in the jaw.
- Literally “around the tooth”
- Resorption is the process in which the body absorbs the calcium from the jaw since there are no tooth roots to cause the necessary stimulation and proceeds to use the calcium in other areas.
- Transosteal (transosseous)
- Transosteal is a type of dental implant that includes threaded posts which penetrate the superior and inferior cortical bone plates of the jaw.
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