Dental implants from Summerville Dentistry in Evans and Augusta, GA, provide outstanding aesthetics, oral function, and longevity. Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris recommend and place these artificial teeth when someone has lost one or more teeth to injury, decay, gum disease, or a different situation. Implants are stable and long-lasting and truly are the next best thing to real teeth.
The single-tooth implant
Implants consist of a titanium screw or cylinder that is surgically placed into the jaw bone with the benefit of local anesthetic. The bone wraps around the implant because of a natural process called osseointegration. This slow but sure bond creates an exceptionally strong foundation for the alloy post and porcelain crown which the dentist adds at a later date.
Qualifying for dental implants
Whether a patient needs to replace one, two, several or even all of his or her teeth, dental implants are a wonderful option because they actually improve the bone and gum tissue compromised by tooth loss. Patients should have enough bone in their jaws to accept the titanium devices, and good systemic health helps the healing process and long-term retention of the implants. Dr. Wingard and Dr. Morris use oral examination and sophisticated imaging techniques to qualify patients for dental implants.
Keeping implants healthy
While dental implants are not living tissue, the bone and gums surrounding them are. These hard and soft tissues can degrade and infect if not properly brushed and flossed on a daily basis. Also, regular bi-annual cleanings and check-ups at our Evans and Augusta, GA, locations help nurture healthy implant sites into creating long-term success.
A word about tobacco
Tobacco in all forms—cigarettes and smokeless tobacco alike—promote an infection called peri-implantitis. This serious oral health condition causes implant failure: so if a patient quits tobacco before receiving implants, chances for success and retention increase dramatically.
The versatile implant
While most people receive single-tooth implants, others take advantage of the stability and functionality of bridges and full dentures supported by dental implants. Gone are the slippage, gooey adhesives, and other issues associated with conventional tooth replacements!
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