At Oak Grove Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide modern dentistry solutions to address complex dental concerns such as missing teeth. Our office is a proud provider of dental implants in Durham, NC, the premier tooth replacement option. Dr. Erika Graham is your local restorative dentist.
Our office will coordinate your treatment with local implant specialists and can restore your dental implant in-office.
If you are missing teeth, Dr. Graham can help you review your tooth replacement options and determine if dental implants are an option for you. Patients love dental implants because they offer long-term benefits that will not be found in other restorative options. Learn more about the benefits of dental implants below.
Dental Implants in Durham, NC
Dental implants are considered the premier tooth replacement option. This is because they replace the look, feel, and function of your natural tooth. To do this, dental implants require a surgical procedure in which a titanium post is inserted beneath your soft tissues.
The healing time following the procedure is anywhere from 6 and 9 months; however, once fully healed, this post is what will give your restoration tooth-root functionality.
Once fully healed, an abutment will be attached to the healed post. After the abutment placement has healed as well, a dental crown will be placed on top and your dental implant will be complete.
While the healing time for dental implants is longer than other restorative options like dental bridges, the multiple components of your implant are what will provide long-term benefits. Some of the benefits of replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant include:
- Natural-looking, long-lasting results
- Improved smile aesthetics & self-esteem
- No dietary restrictions
- No oral hygiene hazards
- Bite correction
- Prevents sagging cheeks and jawbone deterioration
Patients must be determined to be a candidate for dental implants before the procedure can begin. The ideal candidates for dental implants are patients with missing, broken, or severely decayed teeth who are in relatively good overall health.
Your dentist will need to identify whether you have adequate bone support and healthy gums that will support the new tooth structure before offering this treatment plan.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth cause more than just cosmetic concerns. Left untreated, a missing tooth could lead to the development of a TMJ disorder because of the added strain it places on your remaining dental structures.
Additionally, patients with missing teeth are likely to experience teeth shifting, which can completely undo many years of orthodontic work that you may have had done in the past.
Missing teeth also create gaps in your smile where bacteria and food residue can hide behind, increasing your risk for gum disease and tooth decay development. We recommend seeking out your tooth replacement options as soon as you can to prevent any long-term associated dental concerns.
Schedule A Dental Implant Consultation Today!
We invite you to experience the difference that our personalized approach can make in the care of your smile. To learn more about your tooth replacement options or to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Erika Graham online. Our entire team at Oak Grove Family & Cosmetic Dentistry looks forward to seeing you soon.