Dental Implants in Fayetteville, NC
Are you looking to restore one or more of your teeth? Missing teeth can affect multiple aspects of your life including your appearance and dental health. Dental implants will provide you with a beautiful, healthy smile that will boost your self-confidence.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dr. Choe can use one or more dental implants to replace any number of missing teeth. A dental implant is made up of three parts — implant fixture, abutment, and crown, multi-tooth bridge, or full-arch denture. The implant fixture is a titanium root that’s attached directly to your jawbone. The abutment piece connects the implant fixture to your new tooth-like porcelain restoration.
Our Implant Solutions
We believe everyone deserves a full, functional smile. Whether you’re missing one tooth or a full arch, Dr. Choe will provide you with replacements that look just like your natural teeth.
At Westlake Family Dentistry we offer the following implant-supported tooth replacement solutions:
- Single tooth replacements — we’ll use one implant, topped with a single crown, to replace the missing tooth after extracting it if necessary.
- Multi-tooth Replacements — when you’re missing one or more teeth that are adjacent, Dr. Choe will use a dental implant bridge to connect them with multiple porcelain crowns.
- Full Arch Replacement — even if you’re missing one or both arches of teeth, we’ll replace them using multiple dental implants to support an entire full-arch denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Living with a gap in your smile is hard on your confidence and your oral health. Missing teeth can cause jawbone deterioration that leads to a sunken in facial appearance. Luckily, dental implants can restore your face to its beautiful natural shape and through natural chewing forces, it also improves jawbone density.
With a complete smile you can stop holding back at gatherings and start feeling like yourself again. You’ll be more likely to attend social events and even have the self-confidence to create new relationships.
Dental implants are also beneficial to your health and can reduce the risk of gum disease, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Since missing teeth cause the gums to be vulnerable to bacteria, implants will protect the area. Best of all, with proper care and regular visits to our Fayetteville office, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Is the dental implant procedure painful?
The majority of patients report feeling discomfort, not pain. During the surgery, you’ll be under local anesthesia and won’t feel a thing. Dr. Choe will closely monitor you throughout the entire treatment to ensure you’re pain-free and comfortable.
Following the operation, you’ll experience some discomfort, but it can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and a cold compress to help with swelling.
Are there any aftercare instructions following a dental implant surgery?
When the surgery is complete you’ll treat your dental implant just like your natural teeth. It doesn’t require any extra maintenance. It’s vital that you carry out your regular oral hygiene routine– brushing twice a day and flossing daily and be careful to avoid the surgical site.
Be sure to attend your follow-up appointment and schedule regular checkups and cleanings at our Fayetteville location for optimal results. In addition to following any recommendations by Dr. Choe, you’ll want to follow a few simple steps following the surgery to ensure proper healing without complications. These include:
How soon after a tooth extraction can I get a dental implant?
If enough jawbone is present, you can potentially get the dental implant the same day. However, we may want you to wait 3 to 6 months after an extraction for a dental implant to be placed. This allows time for the area to fully heal.
You’ll want to get your dental implant within the recommended time frame. This will ensure that you don’t experience bone loss following the healing process. This may require an additional procedure prior to getting a dental implant.
Will insurance cover dental implants?
Dental implants are considered a cosmetic procedure with some restorative purposes as well and some providers cover up to half of the costs. You’ll want to check with your provider prior to your appointment for a better understanding of your specific coverage.
If you have any questions that we can answer, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (910) 864-2944 and we’ll get back to you immediately.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of your dental implant treatment will vary from a variety of factors including how many implants are placed and if you require any preliminary procedures.
During your consultation with Dr. Choe will examine your oral health and create a customized threatment plan that will include a breakdown of the cost.
Are dental implants safe?
Yes, dental implants are very safe since they’re made of titanium which is the same material that prosthetic hips and knees are made of. It’s a biocompatible material that naturally bonds with your jawbone through a process called osseonintegration. This creates a stable bond that can last a lifetime.
What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?
In the case of a dental implant complication, you should give our office a call immediately by calling (910) 864-2944 and we’ll get you an appointment at your earliest convenience.
Contact Us About Candidacy
Anyone who is looking to achieve a stunning smile is a candidate for dental implants. Even if you’re lacking jaw bone density, dental implants will stimulate healthy jawbone growth through a process called osseointegration.
Contact us at our dental office in Fayetteville, NC to learn more about the positive effects of dental implants and find out if they’re right for you.