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What are Dental Implants?

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. Implants, as it’s name implies, are  medical devices that replace a missing body part.  They function like the missing tooth, making it a better alternatives than bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.

The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.

The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.

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After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. One this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. This will then be sent to an outside lab. Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office of David M. Glasscock to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.

Is there any Benefits from having Implants?

There are many benefits to dental implants. Dental Implants function the same way a normal tooth would function.

1. You are able to eat any food  you would have normally been able to eat prior to loosing a tooth.  Missing teeth make eating more difficult.

2. Having a health smile will also improve your social interactions with people.  A healthy smile is engaging. People who are missing teeth or in need of dental care tend not to smile.

3. When you have untreated dental problems, they will affect your physical well being.  Removing and replacing damaged teeth will help promote healthier gums as well as prevent your other teeth from moving.

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The Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants represent up to date the best replacement option for missing teeth. Even though dental implants are quite expensive for the greatest majority of people because they can’t afford them, the implants should still represent the number one choice if you need to replace missing teeth.

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You might think that there is not such a big difference between dental crowns and dental implants…but the benefits of implants go well beyond aesthetics only.

Dental implants help preventing bone loss

When you lose a tooth within your mouth, the bone starts a resorption process. If you don’t replace the tooth from its root (which is possible only with implants), you might have to put up later on with plenty of oral health complications.

Also, the time between the loss of your tooth and the dental implant procedure should not be too long, so that you will not need bone grafting which is both painful and expensive too.

If you need to replace a few teeth, you should research well your financing options, and opt for the most efficient treatment represented by the dental implants. The dental crown needs replacement in about 5 or 10 years, while implants come with a lifetime “warranty”.

Dental implants will enhance the quality of your life

Not only will your teeth look much better, but nobody will be able to tell you are having implants. On the other hand, all you need is a large smile and everyone can tell you are wearing dental crowns- because they are too shiny, too white, too “plasticky” and they simply have an unnatural feel and look.

Dental implants look, feel and behave just like a set of natural teeth, so yes, the quality of your life will be enhanced dramatically.

Benefits of Dental Implants: Eat better- be healthier

With dental implants there is no restriction regarding what types of foods you can actually eat. Whether these are healthy crunchy vegetables or even chewy or sticky food- you will be able to eat everything. With dental implants you can chew properly food, so the food is going to be digested well.

Dental crowns might not allow you to chew well, and then you can put up with digestion complications. Also, with dental crowns you can’t consume foods that are harder or chewy/sticky, because the crowns might easily come off/slip within the mouth.

Benefits of Dental Implants: No more worries

With dental crowns you constantly worry about the gagging reflex, or about the crown slipping within your mouth. Dental implants are “implanted” well into the root of the tooth, so there will be no more such worries above your head. You can eat, laugh, chew food, sneeze or cough naturally without making any problems that the dental implants might slip.

Dental implants help restoring your mouth naturally

With a dental implant, the natural state of your biological tooth is replicated in the best way. The dental implant is the best replacement for permanently lost teeth, and you will not have to put up with all those oral health problems caused typically by dental crowns (swelling gums, gingivitis, irritated gums, the apparition of fungus within your mouth, ect.).

Benefits of Dental Implants: Enjoy the flavor of the food

If you have ever worn an upper denture, you know that your plate is “sealed”. You cannot taste the full flavor of the food, and eating is one of the most loved enjoyments of life. With dental implants, your palate is never covered, and you can enjoy all the flavors of foods at their maximum.

If you are interested in more information about Dental Implants, Contact Glasscock Dental with any of your oral health concerns.

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610 Charlotte, NC 28262

Dental Implants for Christmas?

Are you wishing for more teeth this holiday season?  For anyone interested in the option of dental implants, below are some frequently asked questions – answered just for you!

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root.  Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone.  There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure.  After a period of a few months, the Dental Implant and the bone fuse together.  This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental Implants look and function like your natural tooth.
  • Dental Implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants are maintained by routine hygiene visits to your dental office.
  • Dental Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease,  tooth movement, and further tooth loss.
  • Dental Implants replace the need for a Removable Full or Partial Denture.
  • Dental Implants focus only on the tooth or teeth that are missing.  A traditional bridge would involve the two or more adjacent teeth being compromised to create a false tooth in between.

Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

With major advancements in Dentistry and Dental Implants, most people are candidates for Dental Implants.  There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.

What does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?
The average Dental Implant Procedure takes 3 – 4 visits.  The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the Implant.

The next visit is to place the Implant. A local anesthetic is applied to the area.  (Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed by the dentist).

The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone.  The area will then be covered with sutures.  The procedure is usually completed with minor pain.
You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the Porcelain Crown to place over the Implant.

How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?

Fees from Dental Implants vary from office to office. At your consultation the fees will be discussed.

How long does a Dental Implant last? With routine dental hygiene scheduled and proper home care, A Dental Implant can last approximately 30 years to a lifetime.

Call  Glasscock Dental Today For an Appointment at

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