Dental Implants in Cornelius, NC
What Are Dental Implants?
A tooth has two parts, a root and a crown. An implant-supported replacement has the same basic parts. Both the natural tooth and the replacement have a crown, which is the visible part used to chew food, and a root, which sits under the gums and is secured in the jaw.
The only difference is that the dental implant is made of titanium, a safe material that has been used for years for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, the root is first replaced with a dental implant.
The area is given time to heal so the bone can fuse around the implant. The bone bonds with the titanium implant to create a strong, sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth. An abutment is placed to connect the crown and implant. In many cases, a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after the implant placement so you have a restoration in place.
If all of your teeth are missing and need to be replaced, a number of treatment options are available to restore your smile.
Dental Implant Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants in Cornelius, Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville, Statesville, Davidson, Kenansville, Concord, and the surrounding areas in North Carolina, we have provided answers to many common questions pertaining to dental implants.
The Dental Implant Procedure
In our office in Cornelius, NC, the number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient. Dr. Rolle will use great precision and attention-to-detail for your case.
Before your dental implant procedure, you may receive antibiotics and possibly anesthesia for greater comfort. We may use intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Dr. Rolle will discuss the sedation options with you during your consultation.
During the procedure, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the treatment site. When you are comfortable, Dr. Rolle will make a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone. Using special instruments, he will create space and gently insert the titanium implant. Usually, the top of the dental implant can be seen through the gum. However, sometimes it is better to have the implant covered by gum tissue during the early healing phase.
The Healing Phase
Now the healing begins. Recovery and healing vary from person to person, depending upon the quality and quantity of bone. For some patients, dental restorations can be placed immediately after implant placement. Dr. Rolle and his staff will advise you on follow-up care and timing for your unique case.
After the initial healing phase, we place an abutment onto the implant during one of your follow-up appointments. This gives the gum tissue more time to mature while still giving access to the dental implant.
In some cases, impressions of the teeth are taken when the implant is placed. This allows time for a permanent crown to be created and ready once the implant and mouth heal. The length of time your mouth needs to heal is determined by a variety of factors including the location of the implant and your overall health. During your follow-up dental appointments, we check to see if your mouth is healing properly and determine when to start the restorative phase of your treatment.
For some patients, a soft tissue graft may be performed to obtain stronger, healthier gum tissue for the area around the implant. A soft tissue graft involves moving a small amount of gum tissue from one part of your mouth to the area around the implant. This is usually a short, relatively painless procedure.
Whether it’s one tooth or an entire arch of teeth that are being replaced, Dr. Rolle will complete the restoration by fitting the replacement tooth (crown) to the affordable dental implant Charlotte and Huntersville, NC.
How Long Will My Dental Implant Last?
Full mouth Dental implants are long-lasting durable restorations. When placed by an experienced oral and facial surgeon like Dr. Rolle, dental implants continue to function optimally for more than 20 years. More importantly, patients with dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice.