If you have lost any teeth due to an accident, trauma to the mouth or disease, dental implants offer many cosmetic and health benefits. Dr. Durning Moore treats many complex dental issues including damaged or missing teeth. Whether you are missing one, a few, or all of your teeth, Dr. Moore can create a treatment plan to replace them with a dental implant restoration at his Charlotte, NC dentist office.
With over a 95% success rate, the tooth implant process is fairly simple and routine although it does take time. Most people can have new teeth in as little as four months. The process takes place in three general phases; dental exam and creation of treatment plan, surgical implantation of the implant and attachment of the dental restoration.
The Dental Implant Process
Consultation and Examination – This is the most important step in the implant process. Here, Dr. Moore will first need to see if you qualify for dental implants to begin with. Ideal candidates are in good overall health and have optimal oral health. There needs to be an adequate amount of bone in your jaw to support the implants. You must also be free of gum disease and may require periodontal therapy before the surgical implantation. Dr. Moore will examine your entire mouth, teeth and gums and research your medical history to determine if implants are right for you. He may need to take x-rays or scans to properly analyze your bone density. A treatment will plan will be created and will be customized to your unique circumstances.
Surgical Implantation – Dr. Moore works with top local oral surgeons in Charlotte, NC for the surgical placement of the dental implants. You will visit him periodically after surgery to ensure proper placement and to monitor your healing. The surgical implantation is a fairly routine and simple procedure. Under local anesthesia, the surgeon will place each implant according to your personalized treatment plan. For a single dental implant, surgery should take about an hour. If needed, a temporary restoration will be attached once the implants are in place until they have fully fused with the surrounding bone.
Restoring the Dental Implant – The final restoration can be placed once you are fully healed and osseointegration has taken place. This typically takes between three to six months. New molds and scans will be taken and used to fabricate your custom dental restoration. This can be a dental crown, dental bridge or denture, depending on how many teeth you are missing and their location. Once it is ready, you will return to Dr. Moore’s Charlotte, NC dentist office where it will be secured to the dental implants. The final restoration will be natural looking and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
To learn more about the tooth implant process, contact Charlotte Center for Complete Dentistry in Charlotte, NC today for a consultation with Dr. Moore. Schedule an appointment by contacting our office at (704) 275-5323 or use our online request form.