Dental Implants in Apex, NC
Do you have a missing tooth? We can help!
Periodontal disease, decay, trauma, and failed root canals are all reasons why you might lose a tooth. Even some of the healthiest patients face tooth loss on occasion. If that happens, we are here to help.
Most dentists agree that dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Not only do they repair your smile, but they also provide the best long-term solution for your oral health.
Implant placement and restoration was a major component of Dr. Prusik’s year-long post-doctorate residency at the Fayetteville VA Hospital. He learned how to treat difficult cases on one of the most challenging patient populations. He was able to help those patients in need and gain valuable experience, which he now brings to Olive Chapel Family Dentistry.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants require surgery to place them into your bone. After the surgical placement, we need to allow time for them to heal. Most patients tell us they are surprised by how little discomfort they experience and how quickly they heal.
The healing process usually takes three to six months. This time allows the dental implant post to fuse with your bone in a process called osseointegration. This process creates a sturdy base to support your dental crown.
Once healing is complete, we will create a custom porcelain dental crown for your implant. We will match the shade and shape to your adjacent teeth so that no one notices that you have an implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Opting for a dental implant to replace your missing tooth provides a number of benefits including:
- Bone retention
- Unrestricted diet
- Bite stabilization
- A long-term solution
- Excellent esthetics
Dental implants fuse with your natural bone to prevent bone loss. Your tooth’s roots and bone depend on one another for support. When you lose teeth, you lose bone, and that can place your remaining teeth in jeopardy.
Dental implants are the restoration that is most like your natural teeth, and you can eat all the fruits and vegetables you like without concern for breaking your dental work. As with all dentistry, avoiding chewing on anything that is not food (including ice) will protect your teeth.
- Dental implants look like your natural teeth and give you a beautiful result.
- Since you no longer have a gap in your smile, your remaining teeth will not shift.
- With proper care, your dental implants will last a long time – even decades.
How to Care for Your Dental Implants
Your dental implants require healthy gums to stay stable. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will improve the longevity of your dental implants.
We will also examine the health of your implant at each of your dental exams. Routine dental x-rays will help us monitor the bone around your implant.
Contact Us to Learn More about Completing Your Smile
If you are interested in dental implants as a solution for your missing teeth, contact our Apex dental office to schedule a consultation!