Dental implants: Restore the function and appearance of missing teeth in Greensboro, NC

Facing tooth loss can be difficult – in addition to affecting the way you chew your food and speak, one or more missing teeth can also impact your appearance. At Triad Dentistry in Greensboro, NC, we offer several tooth replacement options to help restore not just your smile, but also your self-confidence. Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that many patients choose, and for good reason – they are incredibly versatile and offer a number of oral health benefits in addition to looking and feeling great.

How dental implants replace missing teeth

Every tooth in your mouth has two main parts: the crown, which is the part that you see above the gum line, and the root, which is the part beneath the gum line that keeps your tooth firmly anchored in your jaw. Dental implants are small screw-like dental restorations that are designed to replace the missing tooth root. After being surgically placed in your jawbone in an outpatient procedure, the dental implant fuses with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration, forming a highly stable and functional foundation for your replacement tooth.

Benefits of dental implants

While dental implants are both a time and financial investment, many patients find it is worth the wait and cost because of their numerous benefits. Dental implants:

  • Are versatile: From a single tooth replacement to supporting a full arch of dentures, dental implants can be used in several ways (read on to learn more below)
  • Offer unparalleled stability and function: Simply put, dental implants are the most stable and long-lasting tooth replacement option; because the implant replaces the missing tooth root, it provides an incredibly strong and supportive foundation for your false tooth and can last a lifetime when you take good care of your teeth
  • Promote bone health: When you lose a tooth, the jawbone in that area no longer receives the stimulatory forces that it normally would when you chew your food daily; as a result, your jawbone begins to deteriorate over time and can lead to oral health issues and make your cheeks look “sunken in”
  • Do not require alteration of surrounding teeth: Some tooth replacement options require the alteration of the neighboring healthy teeth (for example, to place a crown on them), but a dental implant is a true single tooth replacement option that does not negatively impact the surrounding teeth
  • Prevent other teeth from shifting in your mouth: When you lose one or more teeth, your other teeth will naturally begin to shift into the open space left by the missing teeth, which can cause issues with your bite and unnecessary wear and tear on your other teeth; by replacing the missing teeth with dental implants, you can prevent this issue from occurring
  • Take years off of your appearance: By filling in your cheeks and restoring the appearance of your smile, dental implants can make you look years younger!

Types of implants

Thanks to modern dental advances, there are several types of dental implants that can be used to serve a variety of patient needs. Traditional implants are about the width and length of a small screw. The traditional method of placing a single dental implant typically occurs in a series of at least three visits:

  • In the first visit, we surgically place the implant in your jawbone using precision and high-quality dental materials for the best results. Afterwards, the healing and fusion process begins and takes place over the next few months.
  • After your implant has healed, we will make a small incision in your gums to reveal the implant and place a small connecting piece called an abutment on top. This piece is what your false tooth will be placed on.
  • In the final step, your natural-looking, custom-crafted replacement tooth (typically a crown) is placed on top of the implant.

However, these steps may vary depending on the type of implant and tooth replacement you are getting. For example, some patients may choose implant-supported dentures, in which a small number of implants are strategically placed in the mouth to support a full arch of dentures. Mini implants are also available, which are smaller in size than traditional implants and can often be placed in just one visit rather than a series of visits.

Watch How Dental Implants Process Greensboro NC

Watch How Dental Implants Process Greensboro NC
Watch Dental Implants Process. Learn more about dental implants process visually by watching this highly informative video by Dr. Steven Hatcher of Triad Dentistry in Greensboro, NC
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The magic of Dental Implants by Dr. Steven Hatcher

The magic of Dental Implants by Dr. Steven Hatcher
Implants can be done in different ways. It can be done for a single tooth or a set of teeth. The most wonderful thing about Implants is that they do not get decayed and have the strength and durability of natural teeth. To learn more about dental implants, watch the video and fix your appointment today with Dr. Stephen Hatcher.
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Why a bone graft may be recommended

For an implant to successfully fuse with the jawbone, there needs to be sufficient healthy bone structure in place. If you have been missing a tooth for an extended period or your jawbone has degraded due to disease and decay, we may recommend that you undergo a procedure called a bone graft before getting dental implants placed. Bone grafting helps boost your bone tissue and restore its structure in the area that the implant will be placed to ensure that the implant is successful.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Patients who are missing one or more teeth who want a long-lasting, sturdy tooth replacement solution are good candidates.
No, dental implants are a permanent dental restoration. Once they are surgically placed, they fuse with your jawbone to provide an extremely stable foundation for your tooth.
This varies by patient, but the average time it takes for a dental implant to heal is about four to six months.
A bone graft may be recommended prior to implant placement if your jawbone has deteriorated due to disease or your tooth has been missing for an extended period.
When you take good care of your teeth, dental implants can last a lifetime.
No. Aside from regular brushing and flossing like you would for your normal teeth, dental implants do not require special care or attention.
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Triad Dentistry

Dr. Steven Hatcher

A graduate from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Hatcher majored in biology and completed his undergraduate studies there. At UNC, he was awarded a cancer research grant from the National Institutes of Health after which he graduated from dental school.

Dr. Hatcher is a passionate and driven professional who strives to preserve and enhance natural beauty in every dental treatment. He is keen on developing an individualist approach when it comes to treating his patients to ensure patient care is a tailor-made experience for the comfort of each client.

Schedule your consultation at Triad Dentistry

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, the team of dental professionals at Triad Dentistry is here to answer your questions and provide an in-depth consultation on the best tooth replacement options for your individual oral health needs and preferences. We will also take the time to explain dental implant costs and walk through the pros and cons of your treatment options. To schedule your consultation at our Greensboro, NC dental practice, call (336) 383-1482 today!

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