Dental Implants answers your questions: Are you too self-conscious to smile big or to speak because you are missing a tooth or teeth? Are you experiencing poor eating habits due to the loss of teeth? If so, you may be a candidate for a dental implant. We provide dental implants in Bluffton daily. Off-Island Dental has the experience you need to put your mind at ease knowing we are the professionals right for your oral health.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The implantation procedure is a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry. Implants are also used for cosmetic purposes. By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide strength, stability, and appearance.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
To determine if implants are right for you, a consultation appointment should be scheduled at Off Island Dental Care. Our dental professionals will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and evaluate bone density and quantity. Our set up process is easy and we will provide you with excellent care so you have the best experience possible with your new dental implants in Bluffton.
Dental Implants Lead To Long-Term Health
We believe that if there is a need, dental implants are right for everyone, contributing to long-term oral health. Having your teeth correctly in place stabilizes your mouth and your gums for many years. It lessens the chances of poor oral health as you get older. Having your teeth in place with dental implants ensures that you are chewing your food better and keeps your jaw structure correctly in place as the muscles of your face get older. Your proper chewing has a lot to do with how you properly digest your food. Off-Island Dental wants to be a part of your continuing health at every level. We believe a healthy mouth, with the correct dental implants in Bluffton, is a start to long-term health for our patients.
Preparation involves digital X-rays and an oral scan with CAD/CAM technology to ensure there is sufficient bone structure for placing the implant(s) and to determine exactly where they should be placed. Depending on your situation, we will advise you of how long the entire treatment process will take, how many appointments will be necessary, the cost, and what you can expect after each procedure. We want you to know that you have a caring family dentist right here in Bluffton, SC.
Today’s dental implant restorations are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. This appearance aids the structural and functional connection between dental implants and the living bone.
Osseointegration is the process by which the implant anchors to the jaw bone. A successful osseointegrated implant takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal.
Preparing The Jaw for Implantation:
It takes great skill from the dentist when performing this oral surgery. The jawbone receives a “pilot hole” in the space of the missing tooth.
It is important not to damage the jaw and face structure, so expertise is vital. The previous step has prepared that pilot hole for the implant screw. We know these implant procedures may sound a bit ominous. But really, with our 30 years of practicing implant dentistry, it is a common procedure. We will always answer any questions for you and enable you to know every step of the implant dentistry process. We explain what each step is and why it is necessary.
General Steps for Dental Implants:
The titanium screw serves as a vessel, known as the implant. The gum tissue secures over the implant with stitches. The healing abutment placed is the cover of the screw. This allows the site to heal.
Dental Implant Placement
The next visit is when it is likely that the dentist will uncover the implant. An abutment serves as a place to allow the future impression of the dental crown by pushing back the gum tissue.
The last stage of the dental implant process is to fabricate a dental crown for the implant. The dental crown becomes the template to which the gum will continue to grow and shape.
Learn More About: Same Day Dental Crowns by Off-Island Dental Care
Aftercare For Your Dental Implant
Once an implant has been placed, maintaining good oral hygiene will ensure proper fusing with the bone structure. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. It will be important to clean them as you would your natural teeth to ensure the best possible healing and fusing.
After the initial surgical procedure, discomfort should be at a minimum. We will provide you with complete instructions regarding medication, food, drink and other preparations you may need. In addition, cleaning and maintenance instruction for your dental implants will be provided.
Please call our office should you have any concerns. With good home care and routine hygiene visits, your implant will look beautiful for a long, long time!