What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium — the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints.
When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
About the Dental Implant Procedure
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
Dr. Horalek offers an advanced surgical treatment known as guided implant surgery.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Surgical Advances: Single-Stage Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology and when indicated, Dr. Horalek is able to place single-stage dental implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of two to four months of healing before the permanent teeth are added to the implants.
When indicated (with single-rooted teeth), the dental implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction — further minimizing your number of surgical procedures. Call our office today for more information, or to schedule a Consult: North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.
Dental implant placement is often a team effort between a general dentist and specialist. Dr. Horalek performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis.
Patient Reviews: Dental Implants
This reviews section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review form to leave a review about your Dental Implant experiences with North Raleigh Endodontics and Dr. Horalek. Call our office if you would like more information: North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.