If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can make your smile whole again. The dental implant replaces the tooth root, but it’s the restoration, the crown or bridge, that replaces the visible part of the tooth. When you are replacing one or more teeth with implants, it’s important to work with an experienced cosmetic dentist. Dr. Dustin Holladay knows how to achieve attractive restorations on dental implants.
If you are looking to restore the appearance of your smile with dental implants, Dr. Holladay can help. Please call today for an appointment at Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dental Implant Placement Procedure
Dental Implants are a new alternative in tooth replacement. The procedure consists of two stages: placement of a replacement tooth root at your dental specialist’s office, followed by the placement of a tooth replacement (crown) at our office. Our team has completed hundreds of implants and we will be happy to show you models, pictures, and examples before you decide on your treatment.
There are now a wide variety of dental implant placement procedures that vary in duration and materials. We will consult with you before your implant procedure to design one that meets your goals.
Dr. Holladay has extensive experience in creating dental implant restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Duration of the Procedure
The duration of the procedure is highly variable, largely because healing is often required in between steps.
In some cases, when there is abundant jawbone tissue and the patient is in good health, some specialists offer “immediate loading”. In this single-day procedure, the implant and crown are placed simultaneously. This is used when there is no infection around the existing tooth. This is the preferred way for patients due to decrease in time line.
More commonly, the crown is fitted several months after implant placement, allowing the implant time to fuse with the jawbone. In cases involving bone grafting, the graft must first heal for several months before the implant can be placed. The implant must then integrate into the bone for several months before the crown can be adhered to the implant.
General Implant Placement Procedure
While there is some variation in procedure, the following outlines the basic steps required for dental implant placement:
Your surgeon performs the first part of the procedure at their office. The surgeon will gently fold back the gum covering the area and prepare the underlying bone to receive the implant. The extent of the bone preparation depends on the number of implants required. The surgeon then places the dental implants and sutures your gums. The implant should fully integrate into the bone after 3 to 4 months.
After healing, we take an impression and design a custom restoration. This could be a dental crown, fixed dental bridge, or even a removable denture. Details of the procedure can change slightly depending on your situation. At Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry, our team uses Zimmer implants and Nobel Biocare implants.
Restore Your Beautiful Smile
If you have one or more missing teeth, we can help you replace them with dental implants. We work with several highly skilled oral surgeons in the area, and Dr. Holladay’s experience as a cosmetic dentist means he can give attractive results that will look natural. Please call (843) 903-3111 today for an appointment at Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry.