Dental Implants are the modern solution for missing teeth in the Southern Pines area
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a durable titanium post inserted into the jawbone to support a restoration such as a crown, a dental bridge, or a denture. It takes the place of a tooth root and gives you virtually the same chewing power as your natural teeth. An implant can replace a single tooth, or provide partial or full-mouth teeth replacement.
The modern solution for missing teeth
Most dental professionals agree that dental implants are the best solution for replacing missing teeth. They are preferred over traditional dental bridges and dentures for their natural attributes and ability to help deter bone loss.
- Function, look and feel like your natural teeth. People can’t tell the difference
- Implants are the most durable and longest-lasting solution for missing teeth
- You can exert the same amount of chewing pressure and speak like you can with your natural teeth
- They do not require shaving down your healthy adjacent teeth as dental bridges do
- Implants prevent bone loss that happens when you lose your teeth and don’t get them replaced
Minimally invasive procedure
State-of-the-art diagnostics and sophisticated techniques in dentistry make placing dental implants a minimally invasive procedure. This results in little or no post-operative pain or discomfort.
An alternative to Dentures
Until recently, losing all - or most - of your teeth meant that you would need partials or full dentures. However, advancements in dental technology have provided us with alternatives to consider.
Dr. Kuhn achieves beautiful results with dentures, and this is certainly an option for people who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure.
However, if you want more stability than dentures can provide, Dr. Kuhn can secure partial dentures or full arches with dental implants. He can stabilize your existing dentures with mini dental implants, provide fixed dentures with the All-on-4® New Teeth in One Day procedure, or insert implants that attach to dentures that you can remove for cleaning and sleeping.
Dental Implants vs. Dental bridges
A Dental Implant is a more affordable and natural replacement than a Dental Bridge
A bridge consists of a false tooth (or teeth) supported by adjacent teeth that have been capped. It is used to replace one or two missing teeth.
With a bridge, the teeth supporting the restoration need to be altered, which is not an ideal way of replacing a missing tooth compared to a dental implant. Bridges tend to have short lives, five to ten years, compared to a dental implant, which can last a lifetime. So while a bridge can sometimes be more economical at first, in the long run a dental implant can cost you less.
Candidates for Dental Implants
People who wear dentures, or have lived with missing teeth for some time, lose bone density in the ridges that would normally support the tooth roots and were formerly refused dental implant treatment.
This is no longer the case, as advanced bone grafting technology and the ability to locate available bone through 3D imaging has given the majority of people the option of receiving dental implants regardless of their current volume of bone.
People with certain health conditions such as diabetes or habits such as smoking were previously not considered candidates for implants because of the potential risk of failure of the implant or of infection. With recent developments in technology these people can now be safely treated.To make an appointment, call 910-218-9699 or click here to request an appointment online.