Missing teeth can make you self-conscious in your social, romantic, and professional life. It can also lead to other dental issues.
We can restore your smile with dental implants that hold a tooth, bridge, or full dentures securely in place.
Learn why implant-supported restorations are the optimal method for tooth replacement at South Point Family Dentistry in Belmont, NC...
Top Four Benefits of Dental Implants The Best Solution for Missing Teeth
Strong and Durable
Dental implants are made from biocompatible titanium and are built to last for decades. Although the crowns, bridges, or dentures that are fastened to your implants will eventually need to be replaced, the dental implants themselves can last a lifetime with proper care.
Support the Jawbone
When you lose a tooth, your jawbone loses stimulation from the tooth root, which is the signal your body relies on to grow replacement bone. Over time, this can cause oral health problems and eventually give your face a sunken or aged look. Implants act as an artificial root, encouraging the bone to keep rebuilding itself, thereby preventing bone loss.
Improve Your Quality of Life
Tooth loss can make you feel self-conscious, as well as impact your ability to eat foods you enjoy. Speaking clearly may also become a problem. Implant-supported restorations will function like the real teeth you were born with, restoring your ability to chew and speak clearly.
Offer Natural-Looking Results
Dental implants can be used to restore a single tooth, a series of teeth, or even a full denture, filling in the gaps with restorations as beautiful as your natural teeth. Denture wearers will be especially pleased with an implant's ability to hold a denture securely in place, ending embarrassing mishaps caused when traditional dentures slip out of place.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium rods that are placed in the jaw where they fused with the bone and act like a tooth's roots. The restorations that are attached to the implant stand in for your missing teeth. A single dental implant can hold one crown, the tooth-looking part. If you have a series of missing teeth, then two implants can support a dental bridge. If you need a full denture, it can be secured in place with as few as four implants.
The Treatment Timeline
The dental implant procedure typically takes place during a series three appointments over a span of about six months. This allows the bone to fuse with the titanium rod. Once secured, a connector piece called an abutment is attached; a few weeks after that, the restoration is placed on the implant. With proper care, the implant should last for decades, if not a lifetime. However, the restorations will need to be replaced periodically.
A Closer Look How Dental Implants Are Placed
Reviewers Agree Dr. McCord Is the "Best Dentist"
Dr. Gary McCord at South Point Family Dentistry is the best dentist I have ever gone to! I have been going to him for over 10 years. The staff is amazing! I have had everything done from fillings to implants and there have never been any problems. We just finished my second implant and I am so happy with the results! Recommend this practice 100%!View On Google
Dr. Gary McCord is nothing short of AWESOME! He is by far the BEST Dentist I have ever been to. He sets the tone for his office by always being upbeat, positive, happy, and outgoing! He always makes sure you are comfortable during a dental procedure and explains everything slowly and thoroughly. He takes his time with you and makes you feel like you are his only patient. He genuinely cares about your dental health. On top of all that, Dr. McCord is extremely detailed and is genuinely focused on the aesthetics of your teeth to literally brighten your smile.View On Google
Are Dental Implants Right for Me? Issues That May Affect Your Candidacy
Most dental patients coming to South Point Family Dentistry from Belmont, NC; Charlotte, NC; and the surrounding area are happy to discover that they can qualify for implants. Those who don't can improve their chances of qualifying by undergoing some additional dental treatments. If you think you may have problems that limit your candidacy for dental implants, we recommend requesting a consultation at our dentistry practice. Our dentists are happy to discuss possible solutions or recommend alternative methods for restoring your smile.
Poor Bone Density
If you have been missing teeth for some time, the bone may have diminished due to a lack of stimulation from the tooth; this means it may be too weak to support implants. One solution is to undergo a bone grafting procedure to restore the lost bone.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, needs to be remedied before implant surgery. If you have gum disease, you will need to undergo treatment at our Belmont practice before implants can be placed.
Smoking can negatively impact your ability to heal after surgery, and it increases the risk of implant failure. At a minimum, you should stop smoking for a period of time before and after implant surgery and we highly recommend that you stop smoking entirely.
If you suffer from uncontrolled diabetes or other autoimmune disorders, be sure to discuss your health problems with a dentist during a consultation. On the plus side, patients with their diabetes under control can have success rates equal to those who do not have diabetes.