Dental Implants Jacksonville, NC
Dental Implants at Family Dental Care NC
Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place at our Jacksonville dentist office. After the implant has been placed in your jawbone, a completely lifelike porcelain tooth crown is attached. In some cases, the implant needs to fuse with the jawbone for several months before it is permanently crowned with a new tooth; in other cases, you can receive new (but temporary) teeth the same day your implants are placed.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
You can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all your teeth with dental implants. You don't even need an additional single implant for every missing tooth. As few as two implanted teeth can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implanted teeth can provide a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth, resulting in a perfect smile for you.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Ice can also be helpful. Feel free to contact our dental office for more information on the dental implant procedure, pre and post-operative.
Is implant dentistry expensive?
At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer and in fact should never need replacement. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort and well-being.
How do you care for dental implants?
They require exactly the same care as natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Although implant teeth will never decay, the gum tissues around them can become inflamed or infected in the absence of good oral hygiene. Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime.
Can my body reject a dental implant?
Strictly speaking, implants can't be rejected by your body because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely bio-compatible, and allergies are extremely rare. Although, a dental implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops in the absence of good oral hygiene, or if the implant is subjected to biting forces too soon. However, this occurrence is rare; implants regularly achieve success rates for patients in excess of 95%.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
There's a good chance that you are a suitable patient for implant dentistry, but this can only be determined after a complete oral health examination that includes x-rays of your jaws. Please schedule a dental consultation with our practice to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.
For more immediate information on dental implants and to request an appointment, please contact Family Dental Care NC in Jacksonville, NC by phone at (910) 346-2345 or through our site's contact form today!