Suffering from damaged or missing teeth can be embarrassing and detrimental to your oral and overall health. If you find yourself researching the best option for replacement, you will see that dental implants provide the most natural solution. We offer many options but dental implants are the superior option for many reasons. A dental implant will look, feel, fit and function just like real teeth especially when compared to removable dentures or a dental bridge. They are strong, stable and the most natural-looking solution when teeth are missing. Implants also protect your jaw bone from deteriorating and do not require grinding down adjacent teeth.
The type of dental implant you receive will depend on the number and location of your missing teeth as well as your overall oral health. Dr. Brent L. Blaylock, a Durham, NC dentist, provides dental implants to his patients who need to replace one or more missing teeth. He will create a personalized treatment plan for your new dental implant(s) and will coordinate with a local oral surgeon for the implantation of the titanium post(s).
Types of Dental Implants
Single Tooth Replacement – Even one missing tooth can cause oral health issues that will be costly to repair in the future. Dr. Blaylock recommends a dental implant secured dental crown because it’s a permanent solution and will require no maintenance in the future. Dr. Blaylock will coordinate the surgical phase of the implant post in to your root canal. Once healed in about 3-6 months, the abutment will be attached, and a dental crown will be used to complete the restoration at our Durham, NC dentist office. The dental crown will be custom designed to aesthetically fit your smile.
Replacement of Several Teeth – If you are missing several teeth, you can either replace each one with a dental implant secured dental crown or with a dental implant secured dental bridge. A dental implant secured dental bridge is appropriate if you have several consecutive missing teeth. Several dental implant secured dental crowns is appropriate if you have nonconsecutive missing teeth. If the patient qualifies for dental implants, Dr. Blaylock will recommend securing a dental bridge with dental implants. Dental implants provide more structural support for the jaw and bite and need less maintenance.
Replacement of an Entire Arch of Teeth – Dr. Blaylock offers dental implant supported dentures which offer better retention and long term benefits compared to traditional removable dentures. This option is suitable for patients who are missing an entire arch of teeth, either top or bottom. Dentures can cause many struggles for some patients including restricted diet and slipping. Dentures that are secured using dental implants will eliminate that slipping and there are no eat restrictions. They also eliminate the need for glues, adhesives, soaks or rinses. Dr. Blaylock will coordinate the surgical phase with a local specialist who will strategically place as few as four dental implants in the jaw which will maintain healthy jaw bone structure. These dental implants will be used to secure a denture.