Your Permanent Solution
Dental implants provide a long-lasting, durable solution for those with missing teeth.
Of all the ways to correct a lost or missing tooth, a dental implant restoration is often your best choice. With dental implants, you will be able to chew normally, smile with confidence, and care for your mouth and teeth just the way you always have. There’s no need for special treatment or cleansers and your replacement teeth will work and look the same as your natural ones!
When a tooth is lost through an accident or extraction, an unsightly gap is formed in your smile. This gap not only looks bad, it affects how you chew food and can lead to crooked teeth, gaps, and even diseases of the gums or bone. While you may not notice it, over time your remaining teeth will shift to close the gap, and you could end up with an uneven smile. To prevent this from occurring, a dental implant restoration can prevent these problems and complete your smile.
The Restoration Procedure
The three simple steps for a dental implant:
Our South Charlotte dentists will assess your broken or missing tooth.
A dental implant specialist will integrate a special dental post into your jawbone.
Finally, a crown is placed over the dental implant.
Typically we will administer a local anesthetic to minimize your discomfort during the dental implant restoration procedure. Our patients generally feel no pain during this treatment. When your anesthesia wears off – after about three or four hours – you may experience some temporary discomfort. This will vary from patient to patient.
Dr. Crowley Correll is an amazing dentist. She is professional, timely, and so friendly. She is incredible with her young patients. She explains their procedures to them and helps to put them at ease. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an outstanding dentist and dental practice!
Shelley B. (Actual Patient)
Dental implants look and feel like your other teeth.
Dentures can sometimes make chewing difficult.
Implants are permanent, which eliminates the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures.
Dental implants are secure, stable, and long-lasting.
- What exactly is a dental implant?
An implant is an artificial tooth root (made of titanium) that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth (or bridge).
- Am I a candidate for an implant?
Basically, if you’re an adult and have lost a tooth, you qualify for a dental implant. A dental implant is an option for people who have lost a tooth, or teeth, due to periodontal disease, an injury, or another reason.
- What is the process of getting a dental implant?
Once your individualized treatment plan has been developed, you are normally referred to a specialist. This specialist will place the implant, or “tooth root”, into the bone socket of the missing tooth. That site then has to heal. The healing time is up to the specialist, but normally lasts anywhere from six to twelve weeks. Once healed, an abutment—a small connector post—is attached to the implant to securely hold the new tooth. You then have an impression made of your teeth by your regular dentist. They will make a replacement tooth, or implant crown, to attach to the abutment.
- Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
In general, most insurance companies do not cover dental implants. Some may cover the crown over the implant, but not necessarily the implant itself. Coverage may be possible under your medical plan, depending on the coverage and/or cause of tooth loss.