Dental Implants An Overview
Replacing missing teeth is important for many reasons, from stabilizing your dental health to restoring your quality of life. Dr. Durning Moore has advanced training in the treatment of complex dental concerns and works with patients on an individual basis to restore missing teeth. Dr. Moore places all types of dental implants, from a single tooth implant to All On Four implant dentures. Dental implants provide the most natural tooth replacement option for patients along with other key benefits for overall oral health and wellness.
Dental implants consist of three major components that in conjunction re-create the anatomy of a lost natural tooth:
- Post: a small titanium screw that is implanted into the jaw bone, acting as a replacement tooth root.
- Abutment: connecting the post and the restoration, the abutment helps to secure and stabilize your implant.
- Dental crown or denture: the final restoration, seen above the gum line, replaces your lost tooth/teeth.
Why choose a dental implant?
Dental implants are permanent and secure, giving you back natural chewing ability, confident speech, and a stable bite. Replacing the lost tooth root, dental implants also minimize bone loss in the jaw and changes in the fit of the bite and appearance of your smile.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dr. Moore will meet with you and perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health before recommending the use of implants to replace lost teeth. Most patients can either be a good candidate or become a good candidate with the many procedure options available today. If there is compromised bone structure or other concerns, Dr. Moore can work with local specialists to restore a stable oral foundation for the placement of implants.
Dental Implants What to Expect
The dental implant process requires multiple steps, beginning with a consultation and exam to determine the best course of treatment. If tooth extraction is needed first, Dr. Moore will schedule the procedure in our office or coordinate with a local oral surgeon. The next step is to place the implant into the jaw bone, a surgical procedure that will be performed by a local oral surgeon. A period of several months is needed for all soft tissues to heal and to allow the new post to integrate with bone tissue and become stable in the jaw.
Once this part of the process is complete, dental impressions are often taken to create your new crown, bridge or denture. A temporary may be placed to restore normal function and aesthetics. Your final restoration will be permanently secured in our office and we will go over how to care for your new implant or implant secured appliance.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with good dental care and oral hygiene. Routine dental visits will enable Dr. Moore to monitor the condition of the implant and surrounding tissues, addressing any concerns promptly to avoid more complex issues.
Will my dental insurance cover a dental implant?
In most cases, dental insurance benefits do not cover the cost of a dental implant. We will help you determine any benefit coverage for a portion of your treatment and offer convenient financing options to suit your needs.
How do I care for a dental implant?
Dr. Moore will go over any unique or specific care instructions for your new implant or implant bridge or denture. For most patients, following a normal daily routine of toothbrushing and flossing will keep the implant clean and healthy. We will alert you to any concerns if they are identified during routine dental exams.