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The professional staff at Atlantic Dentistry offer today's strongest, most realistic tooth replacement--the dental implant. A bonafide artificial tooth, a dental implant provides lifelike biting, chewing, and smile aesthetics. At Atlantic Dentistry in Kitty Hawk and Manteo, NC, Dr. Markus Heyder, Dr. Gunther Heyder, and Dr. Ashley Parham deliver comprehensive implant services from evaluation and placement to maintenance. Read their answers to frequently asked questions about the dental implant procedure.
FAQs about the dental implant procedure in Kitty Hawk and Manteo
1. What does a dental implant look like?
A dental implant has three parts: a titanium screw which resides in the jawbone, a metal alloy post, and a lifelike porcelain crown. Only the crown shows when you smile.
2. How do I qualify for an implant?
Many patients can receive dental implants. Your dentist will examine your gums and jaw to ensure you have sufficient bone density to accept the implant device. A CT scan gives the doctor a good picture of your bone structure. Also, he or she will review your medical history to ensure you are in good overall health.
3. Do I need an oral surgeon?
No, you don't. Your dentist performs all the steps in the dental implant procedure.
4. Is the procedure long?
The actual treatment involves two phases. During the first, your dentist opens the gums and inserts the implant into your jaw. Then, you go home to heal. This takes many weeks as the bone and the titanium implant fuse together through a process called osseointegration. After full integration, the doctor re-opens the site and attaches the post and crown. In total, dental implant placement takes several months.
5. Will the treatment hurt?
Most patients need locally injected anesthetic (a pain shot). Some elect nitrous oxide to feel completely relaxed. Afterwards, ibuprofen or acetaminophen helps with any discomfort, but truly, getting an implant is no more difficult than receiving a filling.
6. Will my body reject the implant?
Titanium is highly biocompatible and endures the substantial forces exerted by biting and chewing, says the National Institutes of Health. So, no, you will not reject the implant or develop an allergy to it. However, implants can fail if not cared for properly. That means twice yearly check-ups and cleanings at Atlantic Dentistry and twice a day brushing and flossing at home. If you smoke, quitting is a great idea.
7. Are there implant treatments for multiple missing teeth?
Yes, at Atlantic Dentistry, patients may receive dental implants to support full or partial dentures. These prosthetics fully restore smile appearance and oral function.
Why not book a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Atlantic Dentistry? Your dentist will answer all your questions about dental implants. They really are amazing tooth replacements. For the Kitty Hawk office, call (252) 261-7700, and in Manteo, phone (252) 475-9841.
Aside from when you are a child, there is seldom a situation more traumatic than losing a tooth. Luckily, a lost tooth doesn’t have to mean a permanent gap in your smile. With dental implants, you can replace your missing tooth and its root, permanently completing your smile with a lifelike and effective replacement option. Learn more about dental implants with your dentist at Atlantic Dentistry in the Outer Banks, NC area.
What should I do if I lose a tooth?
If you experience a lost tooth due to trauma or injury, you should do your best to find and save the tooth. Holding it by its crown, or top, try to gently insert the tooth back into its socket. If this requires force or causes pain, you should stop immediately and store the tooth in a small container of milk. Schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible and bring your tooth with you. Unfortunately, your dentist cannot save every lost tooth, resulting in gaps. Teeth lost to decay and extractions also cause gaps. Luckily, dental implants can fill in your gaps and help you get your smile back.
How can dental implants benefit me?
Dental implants do what no other tooth replacement option available does: replace both the tooth and its root. This important factor prevents bone atrophy, which in turn prevents sagging facial features and other aesthetic and dental issues connected to bone atrophy. Additionally, dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth, blending right into your natural smile. During the healing process, dental implants grow into the bone itself, making the procedure permanent and made to last a lifetime. Implants restore the biting surface of the teeth, making chewing, eating and speaking easier and more effective.
Dental Implants in the Outer Banks Area
Dental implants are a versatile tooth replacement option. In addition to replacing a single missing tooth, implants can also replace multiple teeth and even hold a permanent or removable full denture in place. Depending on your situation, dental implants can help you look and feel great. Dentists recommend implants for patients who are in good general and dental health with a strong at-home oral care routine. Additionally, a good candidate for dental implants should have enough bone left under their missing tooth to fully support the implant.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Markus Heyder, Dr. John Farneth and Dr. Gunther Heyder at Atlantic Dentistry. With locations in Kitty Hawk and Manteo, NC, scheduling your appointment is easy. Call (252) 261-7700 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!