Dr. Blaylock provides dental implants to replace one of more missing teeth, often recommending this option because of the long term dental health benefits. Patients with dental implants have enjoyed an over 95% success rate after treatment and the ability to eat and speak normally and comfortably.
Dental implants provide a permanent replacement option, looking and functioning much like a natural tooth. Made from highly durable materials, the dental implant is actually a two part prosthetic tooth consisting of a titanium post and a dental crown. The titanium post functions like a tooth root, helping to reduce bone loss that naturally occurs after losing a tooth, resulting in a premature aged appearance.
Dental Implant vs. Bridge vs. Denture
All three of these resorations replace missing teeth, however a dental implant is the only one that replaces the actual root structure of a tooth. This means that the prostethic tooth (or teeth) is permanently fixed in the mouth and does not require any support from neighborhing teeth or use of adhesives.
For denture patients, dental implants can minimize speech impediments often associated with loose or ill-fitting dentures. The dental implants will also allow you to eat more foods and chew much more efficiently so you can live your life without concern over what foods you can and cannot eat.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dr. Blaylock will begin the process with a thorough examination and discussion of your treatment options, ensuring that you are a candidate for dental implants.
Dr. Blaylock will create a personalized treatment plan for your new dental implant, coordinating with a local oral surgeon for the implantation of the titanium post. After a healing period of 3-6 months, Dr. Blaylock will schedule a visit to his Durham dentist office for the placement of the final restoration. At this time, a custom made dental crown will be attached to the titanium post and adjustments for fit will be made as needed.
Your new dental crown will look, feel and function like a natural tooth. With proper dental care and routine visits with Dr. Blaylock, your dental implant will last a lifetime.