When your tooth needs extraction, but you still need that tooth for overall mouth support and wellness, dental implants may be the perfect solution. At Steelecroft Dental in Charlotte, North Carolina, experienced dentist John L. Bishop, DDS, helps you prepare for dental implants and then co-manages your care with a trusted oral surgeon at a nearby sister practice. Book your appointment for dental implant evaluation online or by phone today.
A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that's surgically placed in your jaw where the missing tooth once was. There are two main components of a dental implant. The dental implant post is a strong titanium screw that acts as your new tooth root.
The other component, the dental implant restoration, is your new prosthetic tooth. It attaches to your implant post and gives you a realistic new tooth. Usually, the restoration is a dental crown, but it may also be a bridge or a denture based on your needs.
Dr. Bishop does a full exam with detailed X-rays to evaluate your candidacy for a dental implant. If your tooth isn't viable, even with a restoration procedure like a root canal, a tooth extraction followed by a dental implant might be the right solution for you.
You need a stable and healthy jaw to get a dental implant because your jaw needs to retain the implant permanently. Healthy gums are also important because you need enough gum tissue to help hold your tooth restoration in place.
If you don't have enough healthy bone or gum tissue for a dental implant, Dr. Bishop may recommend bone restoration, gum grafts, or other procedures that could allow a dental implant to work for you.
If you need a dental implant, Dr. Bishop first performs any necessary preparation work. This may include tooth extraction, teeth cleaning, periodontal therapy, or other treatments depending on your needs.
Next, you see a local oral surgeon at a sister practice for your dental implant surgery. Your oral surgeon administers anesthesia, so you'll be numb during the procedure. First, your oral surgeon creates an incision in your gum and then a hole in the jaw bone below it, which is where the dental implant post is placed.
It usually takes a few months for the implant to fuse with your jaw bone, a process called osseointegration. Once your implant post is fully stable, Dr. Bishop creates your tooth restoration using impressions of your mouth for a perfect fit.
With good care, your dental implant can last a lifetime. To reclaim your smile's function and appearance, book an appointment at Steelecroft Dental online or by phone now.