Start-to-Finish Dental Implants in Cary
With dental implants, we can offer you a long-lasting, natural-looking solution for replacing missing teeth. Cary Family Dental is a one-stop shop for most dental implant cases as we are able to provide implant placement, restoration, and denture stabilization. In comparison, other dental offices have to refer their patients out for the placement procedure. We are happy to take care of the entire treatment in-house! Dr. Patel is a Master in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (MICOI), so you can rest assured that you’ll be in great hands.
How Dental Implants Work
You can think of a dental implant as a small, titanium post that looks like a screw. In a minor, routine surgical procedure using local anesthetic, we place the dental implant into the jawbone where your tooth is missing. After we have allowed this area to heal, we complete the dental implant procedure by creating a custom crown to top the post. This crown is the part that looks like a tooth. We can use dental implants to replace one or multiple missing teeth.
Dental Implant Lecture
Dr. Patel is excited to hold lectures on dental implants, as well as alternative solutions, to help educate patients about their treatment options. All attendees will receive a informational packet and a goodie bag, and they will be registered to win a door prize. We will also have refreshments.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many reasons why dental implants have become a preferred restorative choice. For one, they really are the next best thing to natural teeth. Because the implant post is secured in your jawbone as an artificial tooth root, you’ll have a strong foundation for your new restoration and you won’t have to deal with shifting or slipping like with dentures. It also means that the dental implant will feel completely natural as you chew, speak, and smile. Plus, we custom design the implant to match the color and look of your surrounding teeth so it blends in seamlessly.
More than that, dental implants have additional benefits that positively affect your health. Many people don’t realize that when you lose a tooth, it can lead to bone loss in your jaw, which in turn can cause your face to look more sunken or make you more susceptible to jaw fractures. Dental implants prevent this from happening by fusing with your bone.
Choosing dental implants also help out your surrounding teeth. When we place a dental implant, it stops your other teeth from shifting into that open area and changing your bite. And unlike dental bridges, we don’t have to alter your adjacent teeth at all to support the restoration.
Implant Dentistry FAQ
How much do dental implants cost?
As we treat each patient as a unique case, it’s hard to give you an estimate of costs without first bringing you in for a consultation. We can say that while dental implants may cost more than dentures or bridges, they are a great long-term investment for your health and for your smile because of how they are designed to last for many years.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
We understand that the thought of oral surgery can make some patients nervous, but we reassure you that we do everything we can to make sure you are not in discomfort. We use local anesthetic to numb you from feeling pain, and we also have other sedation options available if you would like to sleep through the procedure. After the surgery is over, we will give you after-care instructions to help your recovery go smoothly.
How do I take care of a dental implant?
The great thing about dental implants is that you can take care of them the same way you do your other teeth. Just brush and floss them on a regular basis and continue to come in for regular check-ups.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
We’ll need to perform an exam before determining whether or not you are a candidate for implant dentistry. Dental implant candidates should have good overall oral health, including enough healthy bone to support the implant. That being said, we also offer bone grafting to help build up enough support for the implant procedure. If you are considering dental implants, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel to learn more.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are a popular choice among patients because they permanently replace missing teeth. Since they’re made of strong, durable titanium and fused into your jawbone, they’re built to last. While the implants themselves can last a lifetime, you may, at some point, have to replace the tooth restoration attached to your implant due to normal wear.
Can Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss?
Your jawbone needs stimulation to keep its shape. So when a tooth is lost, your jawbone no longer has the stimulation it needs to stay healthy and strong. Dental implants are an effective way to replace your missing teeth and sustain the health of your jawbone.
What Goes On Top of Dental Implants?
The dental implant itself is a titanium rod that’s placed into your jawbone. It acts as an artificial root and is topped with a tooth restoration. The tooth restoration is either a false tooth or set of false teeth that connects to the dental implant to complete your smile. There are three main types of tooth restorations that can complete a dental implant: dental crowns, dental bridges, and implant-supported dentures.
What Do Dental Implants Feel Like?
Dental implants mimic your natural teeth in their appearance, feel, and function. Since they’re permanently placed, you won’t have to worry about them falling out or slipping when you talk or eat. There aren’t any special restrictions or instructions for implants so you can treat them like your natural teeth.