Dental Implants in Mt. Pleasant, SC
Implant dentistry is a tooth replacement option that looks and functions like natural teeth, preserves bone, and doesn’t sacrifice the health of neighboring teeth. It is a great option for patients with decayed or missing teeth. In Mt. Pleasant, implant dentistry is performed by our professional team at Mt. Pleasant Perio with great results.
Decay, gum disease, or even injuries can result in missing teeth. If you are looking for a natural and permanent solution, then this is the procedure for you.
A dental implant is a restorative option to replace a natural tooth and its root. It feels just like a real tooth and fuses with the jawbone and tissue in the mouth. This new tooth is a permanent solution that will blend well with any existing teeth.
Will this Procedure Work For Me?
You must have enough bone in your gum region to support this procedure. In order to find out if this procedure will work for you, you will want to consult with Dr. Bjornson during a full examination. She will also review your health history. Your gums and mouth will then be properly inspected to see if you have a strong and stable enough environment to support this kind of tooth replacement procedure. If you have gum recession then a gum graft procedure may be suggested prior to placing the implant.
How it Works
Implant dentistry is a pretty straightforward dental process as far as how the procedure is executed. The implant itself is a titanium tooth root that is placed inside the jaw bone area where your natural tooth root once resided. This new root will fuse with the tissue and gum area. Once it has fused, a tiny piece called an “abutment” is placed onto the tip of the implant. The last stage of the procedure is the placement of a crown that is your new fake tooth. It is attached to fit onto the abutment and put into place where the old tooth once was.
Dr. Bjornson will handle exams and all pre-procedural preparation ahead of time in order to create the best treatment plan for your procedure. Impressions will be taken to create a crown for your tooth procedure.
The procedural steps include:
- Numbing anesthetic is applied to the area to prevent any discomfort during the process.
- The prosthetic tooth root is implanted into the bone socket where the old root once was.
- After the fusion occurs between the gums, root, and jawbone, the abutment post will be installed. The abutment is attached to the top of the implant (jutting slightly above he gumline) and allows a place for the crown to be attached.
- The new crown or prosthetic tooth is installed onto the post abutment and shaped and fitted into place, replacing the area where the natural tooth once was.
Most patients report mild discomfort or pain after this procedure. For any discomfort, over the counter medications like Tylenol can be taken. You should be able to resume normal activity and eat fairly quickly.
Getting dental implants can help you improve your smile and overall oral health.
Health and Smile Benefits include:
- Appearance – With dental implants, you are left with a natural-looking, prosthetic tooth. It now becomes a part of your smile, alignment, and fuses with your bone giving you a natural bite and appearance.
- Saving Your Teeth – Implants support surrounding teeth and keep them in good health and working order. They allow you to brush and floss effectively, keeping all your teeth in better health overall.
- Chewing and Speaking – Unlike a denture or other temporary solution, an implant is just what its name suggests- implanted in place! It won’t slip or slide or loosen up. You can normally eat, bite into foods without pain or suffering, and you can speak normally.
- Permanent Solution – Implants can last a long time with good home oral care and routine check-ups.
- Ongoing Care – Again, one of the benefits of this procedure is it provides a permanent tooth. If you are diligent with routine dental cleanings, exams, brushing and flossing your procedure should last most of your adult life.