Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Imagine being able to replace your lost tooth, not with removable dentures, but with an implant that looks and feels just like a normal, secure tooth. With dental implants from your Easley dentist, you can accomplish this. This procedure has become a popular option in dental reconstruction, with over a half a million implants placed every year in the U.S. With their natural appearance and strong fit, dental implants can be your answer to repairing your smile.

Advantages of dental implants include:

  • A secure, comfortable fit that looks and feels natural, without the slipping of normal dentures
  • No other adjacent teeth have to be ground down or disturbed to hold an implant in place
  • You can talk and eat normally without the inconvenience
  • You will no longer feel self-conscious about missing teeth

During the implant process:

  • Your jaw bone area just below your gums is fitted with metal posts.
  • Once in position, the dental implants are mounted securely on these posts, giving you the look and feel of a brand new tooth!
  • Not only will your self-esteem improve, but your oral health will as well.

Contact Dental Care on East Main at 864-859-4111 to learn more about our dental implant options.

Implants vs. Bridges

Dental implants are the next best thing to your healthy, natural teeth. Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth when implanted by your dentist.  An implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. The post is inserted into the jawbone and supports a natural-looking dental crown. The post must fuse with the jawbone so it is firmly anchored in position. Once this process is complete, an abutment is attached to the post. An "abutment" is the structure that supports the crown. The dental crown is then screwed or cemented to the abutment. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.

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Implant-Supported Bridges

A bridge is a restoration for two or more missing teeth in a row. There are many forms of this type of restoration. Perhaps the strongest option for a multiple-tooth restoration, an implant-supported bridge provides many advantages over other options. Common restorations like fixed bridges or removable partials can cause the surrounding bone to weaken because they are dependent on adjacent teeth for support. Implant-supported bridges integrate with the natural bone, providing a much stronger and more natural restoration.

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Implant: Crowns

Many people who are missing a single tooth opt for a fixed bridge; but a bridge may require the cutting down of healthy, adjacent teeth that may or may not need to be restored in the future. Then there is the additional cost of possibly having to replace the bridge once, twice or more over the course of a lifetime. Studies show that within five to seven years there is a failure rate of up to 30% in teeth located next to a fixed bridge or removable partial denture.

Consider this; replacing a single missing tooth with an implant involves only one tooth. However, replacing that single tooth with a bridge would involve three teeth.

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Implant: Dentures

Over time conventional dentures may contribute to the loss of bone in the area where teeth are missing.  But, since bone is maintained by the presence of natural teeth or implants, denture implants can actually help preserve the jawbone.

When a tooth is missing, the bone may erode and weaken until the jawbone can no longer support a conventional lower denture. Placements of implants prevent further bone loss and allow for excellent function. The implants will serve as a stable support that tightly locks into your replacement teeth and dentures to prevent slipping and bone loss.

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Individual Upper Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount a replacement tooth into that area. If you're considering implants, you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support them. 

If you're missing your upper teeth, having all of them individually replaced so that they will appear to be growing out of your gum tissue will most closely resemble the appearance of your natural teeth. Because the bone in the upper jaw is not as hard as the one in the lower jaw, people often need more implants, usually 8 to 10, to support their new replacement teeth. Separate abutments or support posts for each one of these implants will be made and crowns for each missing tooth will be placed. 

Tooth implants are typically more expensive than more traditional alternatives. If you're interested in individual implants, consult with your dentist at Dental Care on East Main. Schedule an appointment by calling us at 864-859-4111.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

With the exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with the following health concerns:

  • Existing Medical Conditions If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.
  • Gum Disease or Problem Teeth.
  • Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures Implants can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.
  • Smokers. Although smoking significantly lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn't eliminate the possibility of getting them. Cessation of smoking is imperative if you are to have implants placed. You must quit smoking for good if you are to be a successful implant candidate.
  • Bone Loss. Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease. If you have significant bone loss Dr. Holsen will refer you to an Oral and maxillofacial surgeon or Periodontist, who has been trained and is experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.

Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child's orthodontic treatment plan. Dr. Holsen or your orthodontist can guide you in this instance.

Call Dental Care on East Main today at 864-859-4111 to schedule your dental implant consultation or second-opinion visit. Our office is located in Easley, and we serve patients from Easley, Clemson, Seneca, the Greenville Area and Upstate with clinical excellence and sensational customer service.