If you have missing teeth you may feel self-conscious about showing your smile. Fortunately, there are safe and effective ways to fix this cosmetic dental issue. Dental implants are the most significant advancement in replacing missing teeth. With dental implants, patients can restore the functionality and appearance of their teeth and enjoy long-lasting, natural-looking results.
By using the latest technology and advanced techniques, our entire staff at Wood Creek Dental works to provide the highest-quality care for every patient. Through a combination of a relaxed, trustworthy atmosphere and our comprehensive approach to personalized care, we’ll give you a smile that you’ll love.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants to replace missing teeth, contact our Greenville office at 864-214-3934 or our Landrum office at 864-469-2626 to schedule your appointment today. We proudly serve Greenville, Simpsonville, Landrum, and nearby areas of South Carolina and North Carolina.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root, generally made of titanium, which is implanted into the jawbone. The implant is used to support the replacement tooth, such as a dental crown, as a substitute for your missing tooth. For many people who have missing teeth due to decay or an impact to the jaw, dental implants can significantly help restore the overall heath and function of your mouth. When you have missing teeth, you may experience negative effects, such as:
- Jaw misalignment and bite issues
- Bone loss in your jaw
- Jaw joint and muscle issues
- Stress on your remaining teeth
- Shifting of your remaining teeth
Getting a replacement tooth, such as from a dental implant, is an effective, long-lasting way to address the above issues. Our experienced implant dentists will work to provide you with the best possible solution to enhance your smile.
Dental Implant Benefits
While there are multiple ways to address and replace missing teeth, dental implants are among the best solutions for enduring results. Dentures and bridges are solutions to replacing missing teeth but ones that may require maintenance to keep their functionality. Dental implants are widely recognized as the best solution for replacing missing teeth and are no more uncomfortable to place than having a tooth removed. Thanks to dental implants, patients can enjoy much more convenient care.
The advantages of dental implants over other solutions include:
- No need to grind down healthy teeth to make a bridge
- Avoid settling for loose dentures, or even having dentures at all
- Eliminates the need to have partial dentures that clip in and show unsightly metal clasps
- Helps you avoid spending thousands of dollars trying to save hopeless teeth
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant process is one that involves an investment in time, but through that investment, you’ll enjoy a permanent solution to replace your missing teeth. While every patient has their own unique circumstances—which will be addressed during the initial consultation—the implant procedure is typically completed in two stages:
- First stage: The implant post is placed into the jaw. We are often able to set a temporary crown that same day.
- Second stage: After a healing period of 4-6 months, the implant is topped with a natural-looking, permanent tooth (crown) to complete the procedure.
Dental implants can be placed in our office, and the procedure is often accomplished with local anesthetics or oral sedation for maximum comfort throughout your treatment. If you have an unusually difficult situation to treat, we work closely with other specialists to ensure the best possible treatment.
Dental Implant Candidacy
Nearly anyone with one or more missing teeth may be a candidate for dental implants. However, there are certain criteria one must have to be a candidate and some lifestyle and physiological factors may disqualify you from this procedure. The best way to figure out if dental implants are right for you is to schedule an appointment with us to determine the best possible approach to restoring your smile.
You may be a candidate for dental implants if you:
- Are in good general health with no active infections
- Have a fully matured jaw
- Have healthy, disease-free gums
- Have adequate jaw bone density to support implants
- Are not currently pregnant
- Do not smoke or are committed to quitting before the procedure
Contact a South Carolina Implant Specialist Today
Dental implants can provide a permanent solution and help maintain your overall oral health. At our office, we believe that everyone deserves a bright, healthy smile. For more information about implant dentistry options, contact our Greenville office at 864-214-3934 or our Landrum office at 864-469-2626. We will be pleased to see if dental implants are right for you. Our dentists serve patients in Landrum, Greenville, Simpsonville, and communities throughout upstate South Carolina.