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Our Concord Implant Dentist Offers Permanent Teeth Replacements

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Dental implants offer a durable and convenient solution to missing teeth without the need for dentures. Implants are made of two main parts, an artificial root and a tooth. The root is placed into the upper or lower jawbone with a surgical procedure. This causes it to integrate with the bone of your jaw and is the reason for the stability that implants offer. The teeth are customized to match your surrounding teeth and look very natural. Dental implants are extremely durable and require very little upkeep.

How the Process Works

The process for getting dental implants will generally be spread over several months. When you come into our office, we will sit you down to take X-rays and molds of your teeth and jaw. This will help us determine the natural bone structure and spacing of your mouth and teeth. We will then proceed to numb the area where the implant is to be placed and then insert it into the bone. After that has been completed, we will leave the implant to heal and allow the bone to strengthen around the implant for up to six months. After the initial surgery, we will begin crafting the artificial tooth to fit on the end of the implant’s post. This step takes anywhere from one to two months, as several adjustment to the fitting are often required. However, this is an important step, as the final product will provide perfect stability and remarkable comfort for the patient.

Dental Implants FAQ

I am missing a tooth. What are my options?
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable, partial or complete dentures. Dr. Loftin  is happy to discuss all options with you and explain the pros and cons to each scenario. We will also review the financial side of each option so you can make a clear decision with a complete picture. 
Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances. They are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The artificial teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
What are some reasons to get dental implants?
There are many reasons for dental implants; here are a few:
  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
  • Restore your confident smile
  • Restore chewing, speech and digestion
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
What type of maintenance do dental implants require?
After treatment, we will work closely with you to develop the best care plan for you. The best practice is to continue practicing good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. Periodic follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy, as well as regular cleaning visits with your hygienist. Special instruments are necessary to clean dental implants that will not damage their metal surface beneath the gum tissues. Your dentist will need to monitor your implants to ensure stability and proper function.
Implant crowns and other false tooth replacements are made to be remarkably failsafe. They are removable and replaceable (only by your dentist), so that if damage or wear necessitates replacement, this can be accomplished without affecting the implant(s) or attachment to the bone.