Dental Implant Services
for the Cary, Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Apex, and Morrisville, NC Areas
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots used to securely replace your missing tooth or teeth. Similar in shape to a standard screw, dental implants are placed within your jawbone so they can fuse with your natural bone. This creates a secure and strong base for supporting your new artificial teeth, also known as crowns. Dental implants allow for your new teeth to feel, look, and function naturally. Approximately 3 million people in the United States have dental implants and the number is expected to rise exponentially every year. Many people turn towards dental implants over traditional dentures, crowns, and bridges.
If you have missing teeth and chose not to replace them, you could be setting yourself up for dire consequences down the line. Missing teeth won’t only cause shifting in your natural teeth but can affect the health of your jawbone as well. At Sunrise Dental, we offer dental implant services to patients throughout the Apex, Morrisville, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill, NC area with four convenient office locations.
What Is The Procedure For Dental Implants?
Before you undergo the dental implant procedure process, it is important to understand all the steps involved. Of course, these are the most common steps and your procedure may vary based on your particular needs.
Step 1: Evaluation – Our team will fully examine the affected tooth and area to determine the best solution for your needs. We look at the condition of your jawbone to construct the best dental implant procedure for your needs.
Step 2: Extraction – If you have a tooth remaining where the dental implant will go, it will need to be removed. Generally, this will be done at the time the implant is placed.
Step 3: Inserting the Dental Implant - During this stage, titanium posts are surgically inserted into the jaw. Titanium is readily accepted by the body, which means that the jawbone will completely heal around the titanium screw and create a strong and solid base for the implant. We use a cone beam CT scanner to see a 3D view of the bones and nerves in your mouth before placing the dental implant to ensure correct placement and optimal functionality.
The jawbone will then need to grow around the implant and could take anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Within this time, the implant will become part of your natural gum line.
Step 4: Abutment Placement – An abutment is the piece of the implant that connects it to your crown. In order to stay in place when you eat, this piece needs to be tightened in well. Often this step can be done at the same time as the implant, but a healing cap will need to be applied to keep the tissue and bone from growing over the top.
Step 5: Adding the Crown – Once the healing is complete, your new artificial tooth is attached to the screw. The artificial teeth used for dental implants are made to have similar characteristics to natural teeth in color, texture, size, and function so they blend right in with your natural teeth. The realistic artificial teeth are attached to the titanium posts, which replicate the natural tooth root.
Our implant experts can help you achieve the dental implant solution you need to look, feel, and function great. If you have any questions regarding dental implants or how they work, please feel free to contact any one of our four convenient area locations in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill, NC.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Although dental implants are an effective and aesthetically pleasing treatment for many patients, not everyone is an ideal candidate. A good candidate for dental implants must be in relatively good health, as a dental implant procedure requires the patient to undergo a surgical operation. The ideal candidate also has healthy gums and sufficient bone to support the titanium screw implants. Additionally, it’s important that the candidate acknowledge and commit to a meticulous, long-term oral hygiene regimen, as well as regularly scheduled visits to their Triangle-area dentist.
Bone Grafting Procedures
We also offer bone grafting procedures for patients in need. In order to place dental implants, a certain amount of jawbone material must be available. If you are experiencing jawbone deterioration, you may need to have a bone grafting procedure before implant placement. The grafting procedure allows us to build up the bone in any particular area so that we can more successfully place the dental implants. For more information about our oral surgery procedures, visit our page here.
How Can I Make An Appointment?
If you are looking for a strong, reliable, beautiful tooth replacement option that can help you feel as if you haven’t lost any natural teeth at all, please contact one of our convenient area locations to schedule an appointment. You can find each of the phone numbers here. You can also send us a message using our online form. We will be happy to help you get the replacement teeth you need to look and feel your best!