Implants are a revolutionary dental solution for replacing missing teeth. In the traditional sense, a threaded, biocompatible post is placed within the bone and mimics the root of the lost tooth. After time the body integrates with the new “root” and a crown (false tooth) is attached to the dental implant.
Today’s implants are meant to last a lifetime and have become the most common form of tooth replacement for our patients in Raleigh.
The best part of dental implants doesn’t stop there. Denture wearers can also reap the benefits. Prosthetic appliances may be hard for some people to wear. They can cause friction that irritates the gum tissue. Ulcers may develop. Lower dentures especially are prone to being loose due to their design, and upper dentures that cover the roof of the mouth prevent taste buds from enjoying a delicious meal (and can even irritate the gag reflex in some people.)
How Can Implants Help?
Regular sized or mini implants can be placed within your jaw. This technique works much like when placing a post into a hole filled with concrete. When the cement dries, the post is sturdy enough to withstand pressure without coming loose. The same thing happens in your mouth. Your body will make new bone that fuses to the threads of the implant. However, it takes several weeks for this process – called “osseointegration” – to take place.
Once the dental implants are strong enough that force can be applied to them, we’ll place attachments over them. These are felt when your appliance isn’t being worn. Your denture will also have special attachments in it that will allow it to snap into place over the implant abutments.
Since your lower denture will no longer float over your gums, you won’t have as many sore places – and it won’t come out as easily. With the upper plate, the implants provide enough retention that the palate (roof of your mouth) area can usually be cut out – turning your denture into a horseshoe shape. This helps prevent gagging and allows you to enjoy more meals, as well as improving any speech challenges that you may have faced from wearing a full denture.
How Many Implants Will I Need?
When you see our Raleigh dentist for a consultation, we’ll take a look at your bone ridge and get some x-rays. We’ll be able to take some measurements and determine how many implants will be needed in order to ensure optimal stability. This can be as little as two, or as many as six.
How Much Will It Cost?
Treatment costs depend on the number of implants and type of restorations that are needed. The day that we complete an exam and map out a treatment plan, we’ll discuss all of the fees and options involved, including any insurance benefits that you may have. Our dentist in Raleigh, NC even offers easy financing options so that you can easily budget out your treatment.
Make the Move Today
There’s no reason that you shouldn’t have the smile you’ve always dreamt of. Don’t wait any longer. Call Raleigh Dental Arts today to get started!