Are Dental Implants Right for You?

If you’re looking for a way to restore your smile, consider dental implants! Patients who have suffered from tooth loss or extreme tooth decay greatly benefit from the use of dental implants. Learn more about why you should consider this advanced service to restore your smile from your Charlotte NC dentist! Dr. Sheila Gordon-Holt is here to tell you all about the uses and benefits of dental implants!

Just Like Your Natural Smile

Implants look and function just like natural teeth. They offer patients the opportunity to perform everyday functions that were otherwise challenging for them before. Dental implants are made of either porcelain or composite resin. This is what is used to form the custom false tooth. This false tooth also called a crown, is attached to a titanium screw that acts as an artificial tooth root. Titanium has a biocompatibility property that allows it to fuse directly to a patient’s jawbone over time. Because of this, the root is completely secure and acts just as a natural tooth would. They also blend seamlessly into a patient’s natural smile. Not only do crowns look like natural teeth, but they also match the color of your other healthy teeth. Dental implants are completely custom to look like your natural smile so that neither you nor anyone else, can tell the difference.

Additional Procedures

Some patients require additional procedures to maintain a healthy smile. These procedures include bone grafting, gum grafting, or jaw augmentation. If you’ve been missing teeth for a long period of time, it’s possible that you’ll require a jaw augmentation procedure. Over time, our jaw begins to recede if there’s nothing for it to support. The loss of teeth signal that the jawbone is no longer necessary in a certain area. This can cause a host of health issues, as well as cosmetic inconveniences.

Lost teeth also lead to the deterioration of facial muscles. By incorporating dental implants into the smile, a patient rejuvenates their appearance and improve their overall health. Similar treatments like bone grafting and gum grafting are also performed to repair the inside of the mouth and prepare it for dental implants. Consult your Charlotte NC dentist to determine if you would need any additional procedures.

Replace One or Multiple Teeth

Dental implants are ideal for patients who need to replace one or more teeth. A dental bridge is utilized to help repair multiple teeth with the use of only one or two dental implants. A dental bridge is held in place by one or two “anchor” teeth. This bridge is either fixed in place or removed for convenience. A fixed bridge may be recommended by our Charlotte NC dentist if you’re in need of a more permanent fix to your smile. Removable bridges are taken out to eat or clean your teeth more thoroughly. Speak with Dr. Holt to learn more about which type of bridge is better suited to your smile.

Improve Your Quality of Life

Not only do dental implants improve the appearance of your smile, but they also improve your quality of life. Alternative forms of restorative dentistry can be uncomfortable and inconvenient for some patients. Dental implants are a better alternative than other options such as dentures because they never have to be taken out or removed. Other options need to be taken out regularly, replaced, or repaired after several years of wear. Dental implants are a one-time permanent solution to tooth loss that lasts a lifetime if they’re well taken care of. The strength of the porcelain crown will most likely withstand any damage or wear.

Dental implants have several practical and cosmetic benefits, including:

● Improved speech
● Improved chewing abilities
● Cosmetic appearance
● Comfort
● Convenience
● Durability
● Confidence

Learn more about the benefits of dental implants from your Charlotte NC dentist. Call Holt Family Dentistry today to request more information about dental implants. You can reach our team at 704-542-2325 or by filling out an appointment request form directly on our website and a member of our team will be in touch with you at your convenience.