You don't have to live with smile gaps and the embarrassment and reduced oral function they cause. Your Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, place leading edge dental implants and implant-supported prosthetics. Dr. Julie Camp-Tome, Dr. Benjamin Wietecha and Dr. M. Glenn Barker could restore your smile!
What are dental implants?
They are the best tooth replacement available today. Most teens and adults can receive them to replace teeth lost to abscess, gum disease, accident or decay, and implants are rooted in the jaw--just like real teeth.
How can that be? A single-tooth implant is made from biocompatible titanium. When your Hilton Head Island, SC, dentist surgically places a dental implant into your jaw, it immediately begins fusing to the bone. This process is osseointegration, and it secures this artificial root so it can take the substantial forces of chewing and biting just as a real tooth can.
On top of the fused implant, the dentist bonds on an extension post and customized porcelain crown. From evaluation of your jaw bone density to implant insertion to restoration with the crown, this procedure takes many months. However, once complete, the implant is just as strong and functional as a real tooth, and likely, it will stay in place for years, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.
Additional uses for dental implants
Dental implants can support full dentures and bridges of various sizes, says the American Academy of Periodontology. Placed in pairs totaling two, four or six devices, these titanium wonders help partially or fully edentulous patients enjoy fully functional and attractive smiles.
After Dr. Camp-Tome, Dr. Wietecha or Dr. Barker determines you have sufficient bone to receive a dental implant, they will numb the area around the empty socket, and place the dental implant.
After weeks to months of healing, depending on your particular circumstances, the dentist revisits the site and attaches a metal alloy post and porcelain crown to the implant. As you use your implant, the bond between it and your jaw bone will strengthen even more.
Living with your new teeth
Patients say that they cannot feel any difference between their natural teeth and their implants. That's how realistic dental implants are.
Concerning oral hygiene, just brush twice a day and floss as you normally would. See your Hilton Head Dental Team every six months for a professional cleaning and examination.
In addition, if you smoke or chew tobacco, seek the help of your primary care physician regarding smoking cessation treatment. Take the opportunity as a new dental implant patient to kick the habit and have healthier bone and gums underlying your implants.
Your Hilton Head Dental Team enhances scores of smiles with dental implants. Could yours be one of them? Call our Hilton Head Island, SC, office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Camp-Tome, Dr. Wietecha or Dr. Barker: (843) 681-9666!