A dental implant can change how you feel about your smile. It is an artificial tooth root (titanium post), which is placed into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Essentially, it serves as the new root of your tooth. The existing bone will bond with the titanium over time, creating a strong foundation. The artificial tooth is then attached to the post. The tooth will look and feel like your natural teeth, leaving you with a restored, beautiful smile! You can also have your dentures attached to the implants, which will stabilize your denture.
Contact our team at Mint Hill Dentistry to find out more about our Implant Specials. We offer competitive pricing discussed with you at a consultation at our offices.
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Implant Services Offered
- Replacing one missing tooth with a single implant
- Replacing several missing teeth with multiple implants, or an implant bridge.
- Stabilizing dentures with implants.
- Replacing a full arch of missing teeth with fixed implant supported bridges or dentures.
- Extraction of a hopeless tooth and immediate placement of an implant.
- Placement of temporary tooth on implant if possible.
Implant Related Services
- Grafting procedures such as sinus and ridge augmentation.
- Use of advanced biologics such as Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
- IV sedation if preferred by the patient.
Dental Implant Procedure
Once the doctors at Mint Hill Dentistry have worked with you and decided a dental implant is the best option for you, we will schedule your first appointment. Most implants take two to three appointments to complete, over the course of three to six months. However, in some cases, referral to a specialist such as a periodontist or oral surgeon may be appropriate. If this occurs, we can recommend one for you.
A dental implant will be placed into your jaw, which looks like a small screw or cylinder. Over the next two to six months the bone in your jaw will bond with the screw, creating a secure anchor for your new tooth. In the interim, we will create a temporary tooth to be worn over your implant site.
Once your jaw and the implant have bonded, a small metal post, called an abutment, will be attached. After a few weeks of allowing your gums to heal after the placement, the doctors at Mint Hill Dentistry will have your final tooth prepared and ready to attach to the abutment.
The majority of dental implants can be performed under local anesthesia in our offices. We do also offer IV Sedation for our patients during the dental implant procedure. Visit our Sedation Dentistry page to learn more about the available options.
Post-Treatment Care of Dental Implants
Once your permanent implant is in place, it will last you for many years with good care. We recommend good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily and keeping up with your regularly scheduled cleaning appointments.