How long will the entire process take?
The entire process to have your missing teeth restored with an implant secured restoration can take six months or longer. Each patient will have unique circumstances that will impact the length of treatment. Dr. Durning Moore will perform a thorough evaluation before creating a personalized treatment plan. There are a few things that would extend the process time including gum disease therapy, teeth extractions or a bone graft.
What is the dental implant process like?
The first step is the planning phase where Dr. Moore will spend a significant amount of time developing your treatment plan. This includes figuring out how many implants are needed and mapping out the placement of each implant. The next step is the surgical implantation of the implants. Dr. Moore will coordinate this procedure with a local oral surgeon. The implants will need anywhere from three to six months to heal after surgery. The last step of the dental implant process is the attachment of the dental restoration at our Charlotte, NC dentist office.
Are dental implants right for me?
Almost anyone with missing teeth will qualify for dental implants. Even patients with bone loss and edentulous patients can still be candidates. Patients must be healthy enough to undergo surgery and have healthy gums. They are not recommended for children and young adults because the underlying bone is still growing. Patients who choose dental implants must also be committed to proper oral hygiene habits to ensure the success of the implant(s).
Can a person who wears dentures get dental implants?
Patients who are not happy living with traditional, removable dentures can replace them with implant secured dentures. Many people are perfectly happy with traditional dentures but there are also many who cannot get used to how they feel or the restrictions that come along with wearing them. There are several types of denture implants available and it is best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moore at his Charlotte, NC dentist office to learn which one will work for you.
What type of dental implant secured restoration will I need?
This will depend on several factors including how many teeth are missing and their location. If you are missing one tooth, it will be replaced with an implant supported dental crown. If you have several consecutive missing teeth, they will be replaced with an implant supported dental bridge. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, they will be replaced with an implant supported denture.
What are benefits of choosing dental implants?
Dental implant retained restorations are fixed in the mouth allowing the patient’s biting, chewing and speaking ability to return to almost normal. You will be able to enjoy a variety of healthy foods that will support an overall healthy lifestyle. They will also prevent surrounding teeth from shifting which often leads to bite issues. Teeth implants will also provide stimulation for the jaw bone which will prevent gradual bone loss.