Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? Do you want to fix the gaps in your smile? Restore lost permanent teeth with dental implants. Dr. Brent Blaylock offers dental implants in Durham, NC. This restorative dental solution may be used to replace single or multiple lost permanent teeth. Implants are one of the most versatile dental restorations. With implants, patients can restore a single tooth or secure a dental bridge or denture. Dr. Blaylock collaborates with his patients to help determine the right implant restoration for their dental needs.
Dental Implant Q&A in Durham, NC
Read answers to commonly asked questions that many patients have about dental implants and implant treatment:
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants can be used to restore a single lost tooth or even upper and lower arches of missing teeth. Because implants restore teeth at the root, they support the health of the teeth and gums. With implants, patients can prevent a myriad of missing teeth problems, including speech issues, difficulty biting and chewing, and tooth decay. Dental implants offer stability and strength to dental crowns, dentures, and bridges.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants are a permanent restoration. Over a healing period of 3 to 6 months, the implant posts fuse with the jaw bone tissue. Then, they are covered by an abutment and a dental crown. Although a dental crown may need to be replaced after 15 to even 30 years, the implants themselves are a permanent part of the smile. Similarly, a bridge or denture will require replacement, but the implants stay secure in the mouth.
Why do I need bone grafting for dental implants?
Some patients may require bone grafting services before their implant treatment. Bone grafting places bone tissue from one part of the mouth to where it is needed. Dental implants require bone tissue during the osseointegration process. During this process, the implant post fuses with the jaw bone tissue. This creates a stable foundation for dental restorations.
Can dental implants fail?
Yes, dental implants can fail if patients use tobacco during their treatment or develop a tooth or gum infection. Smoking or using tobacco products after an implant is placed can impact the healing time. This is because nicotine restricts blood flow. In addition, if patients develop tooth decay or gum disease and do not receive immediate treatment, they may lose one or more dental implants. Continue to care for your smile after you implant treatment with routine dental appointments and an at-home oral hygiene routine.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
Are you interested in treatment with dental implants? Please call our dental office for a consultation at 919-518-9963 if you are a new patient. Current patients may call us at 919-493-8036. You may also request a dental consultation with Dr. Blaylock on our website. If you have further questions about implants or implant-secured restorations, please let Dr. Blaylock or a member of his team know at your next dental visit. They will always be glad to assist you.