At Edisto Dental, we are in the business of helping you restore comfort, functionality and beauty to your smile. Whether you have suffered an accident, periodontal disease or another reason for losing teeth, we are here to provide dental implant and denture services which allow our patients to regain their beautiful smiles and functionality to the entire mouth. We invite you to contact our team today to schedule a consultation and see how dental implants can positively change your life.
What are Dental Implants?
Based on your individual circumstances, you may find yourself missing one or several teeth – dental implants provide a solution to this by placing an artificial tooth root into your jaw that will hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
Based on your situation, there are a number of approaches that can be taken:
- Replacing a single tooth– A single dental implant allows the patient to replace the missing tooth with a device that looks and functions as a natural tooth. This approach allows for the least amount of disruption to the adjacent teeth.
- Replacing several teeth – In the case where you are missing multiple teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace these teeth restoring functionality and aesthetic appeal to your mouth. These implants not only replace your lost natural teeth, but will replace some of your tooth root helping to preserve your jaw bone. Depending on your situation, you may want to look into the denture services we provide as well.
- Replacing all of your teeth – When missing all teeth, an implant-support full bridge can provide the same benefits as if one or only several of your teeth are lost. In this case as well, our dentists will explore alternative treatments, like dentures, to help you restore your mouth in the best way possible.
Just for reference
In procedures like this, you’ll often read and hear a number of terms that you aren’t familiar with, here are a few of those terms (and resources) that are used when talking about this procedure:
- Implant: An artificial tooth root placed in your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
- Bridge: A fixed bridge is a non-removable prosthesis attached to either implants or existing natural teeth
- Osseointegration: The process of creating a bond between living bone and the surface of an artificial implant.
- Abutment: This is an extension from the implant that is a cylinder that is screwed into the implant.
What Does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?
Whether you have lost one, multiple or all of your teeth, the dental implant procedure takes a similar approach. We’re here to help you understand this process as much as possible. The main points to understand dental implants are as follows:
- The implant itself looks like a screw or cylinder and is placed into your jaw in order to provide a secure and permanent replacement.
- Over the course of a designated amount of time (typically two – six months) the implant and your bone will bond together to create a strong anchor for your artificial tooth. This process is called osseointegration. During this time, a temporary tooth will be provided at the implant site.
- Finally, once the implants and the extensions (abutment) are ready and your gums have healed, your replacement teeth or bridges will be created by our team and attached to the implants.
- At that point, you will quickly restore your confidence in your mouth’s functionality and in your lasting smile.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team with questions or concerns related to the procedure.
Not Sure What Your Next Step Is?
Our team is here to help you make the best decision for your health and individual situation. As the preferred dental practice in the area, we can help you confidently decide on the best course of action for you. Having an infected tooth can be one of the most uncomfortable things you can experience. Contact our team today and we’ll get you in to start discussing which treatment is best for restoring your teeth and smile.
We invite you to learn more about our practice. Get to know our team and dentists. We look forward to earning your trust and providing you and your family the best dentistry services in the area.