What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have become a major advancement in replacing missing teeth, protecting oral health, and enhancing smiles. Advanced implant technology delivers the closest resemblance to one of your own natural teeth.
An implant is made of a titanium fixture, abutment, and crown. The fixture acts as a tooth root and goes through a process called osseointegration which allows the titanium to integrate with your jawbone, adding maximum durability and support for your restoration.
After the gums have healed after placing the implant, the natural-looking, restoration will be attached to the abutment and blend seamlessly with your smile. You’ll be able to eat, speak, and smile with confidence again without worrying about your teeth.
Our Dental Implant Solutions
Which Treatment Fits You Best?
At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we want our patients to fully understand all their options when seeking restorative treatment. Explore our different dental implant solutions and see which treatment sounds most fitting for you.
Preparation for a Successful Implant
Some patients who want to restore their smiles with dental implants may not be able to automatically undergo the treatment process due to oral health issues. Oftentimes, a supplemental procedure can help these patients regain their oral health and prepare them for a successful implant.
At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we want to help anyone who is looking to invest in dental implants to be able to receive them. We offer bone grafting and tooth extraction with immediate replacement to improve our patients’ health.
Extraction Immediate Replacement
Teeth that are infected or decayed will need to be removed before they’re able to receive implants. Luckily, we can extract a tooth and place an implant fixture all in the same day with our immediate replacement procedure.
Bone grafting is a procedure that helps rebuild lost jawbone. When people suffer from tooth loss, their jaw begins to weaken because their tooth root is no longer there to stimulate it. Bone grafts are taken, typically from another part of the patient’s body, and placed in the jawbone so it can regenerate.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best candidates for dental implants are patients who have one or more missing teeth, have good overall oral health, and sufficient bone density. Even though these are requirements going into the surgery, we can help you get there with procedures such as a bone graft to improve bone density or root planing and scaling to improve gum health.
If you’re interested in completing your smile, we have several options for you. Schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable dentists by calling (336) 434-3186. During the consultation, we’ll examine your oral health and discuss your options.
No, hybrid dentures are fixed to implants and don’t need to be removed for cleaning. Just clean them like you would clean your natural teeth by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals.
Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching the prosthetic. When you visit Triad Cosmetic Dentistry for checkups, we can remove them and give them a thorough cleanse. Hybrid dentures should only be removed by a qualified dentist.
Yes — after a few days of recovery, patients are advised to return to their normal diet. This helps to stimulate bone growth and increases the success rate of the implant. Patients who follow this advice and other aftercare instructions by your trusted dentist at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry have a higher rate of success and are less likely to experience implant failure.
If you have any issues with your immediate loading dental implant, schedule an appointment right away by calling (336) 434-3186. We’ll examine your gums and teeth and determine the best course of action to remedy the situation.
No. Prior to the procedure, one of our esteemed dentists will apply a local anesthetic and you won’t feel any pain. Patients report feeling little to no discomfort following the procedure.
Any pain can be managed with a cold compress and over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen. In the event that you experience significant pain that can’t be managed with over-the-counter remedies, contact our office right away and we’ll determine the best way to manage your pain.
The mini dental implant procedure is minimally invasive and therefore the recovery period is much shorter than it is for traditional implants. You should be able to return to work the following day. Swelling usually diminishes after 48 hours and within five to seven days your gums should be close to or fully healed.
In addition to following any aftercare guidelines recommended by your trusted dentist at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, you’ll want to stick to a soft, cool diet, avoid smoking, refrain from using straws, and take medication as prescribed. In addition to following your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing twice daily, you’ll also want to rinse four times per day with salt water. Be extra careful around the mini implants and be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush.