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What are dental implants?

If you are missing teeth, you can find the best means of support for restorations with dental implants in Charleston.  Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw bone to replace tooth roots. Dental implants can provide you with a lifetime of outstanding support while preserving the bone mass of your jaw. 

3-D model of dental implant, Charleston, SC.

Before & After Dental Implants

What are the benefits?

  • Advancements in dentistry mean results are lasting longer than ever before. Your crown, bridge, or denture will eventually need to be replaced, but with good oral hygiene and regular checkups, implants can last decades.
  • Our professionals prefer implants because they are the only treatment that guards against bone recession, a natural consequence of missing teeth. This benefit results in better oral and overall health.
  • Conventional dentures rest on the gums, secured with a mild adhesive, but still prone to slipping while eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, remain firmly in place through all everyday functions.
  • A dental implant can provide bridge support that is more secure, and requires no alteration to adjacent teeth, when compared to a traditional prosthetic.
John F. Rink DDS, AAACD

Who is a good candidate for dental implants in Charleston?

Anyone interested in dental implants in Charleston, SC, should have adequate bone mass in their jaw. If you have been missing a tooth for a long period of time, you may need a bone graft in order to properly accommodate an implant. 

Because the ability of your bones to heal is crucial to this procedure, non-smokers make the best candidates. Smokers should refrain from smoking for a period to ensure proper healing.

Meeting with our team of qualified experts for a consultation is the best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. The procedure is often an integral part of a full mouth reconstruction plan. He can review your medical history, explain the factors that affect the cost of dental implants treatment, and discuss your goals to help determine if the procedure is right for you.

What can I expect from my procedure?

Dental implants in Charleston, SC require two surgeries. During the first surgery, a local anesthetic is applied before a small incision is made in the gums, exposing the jawbone. A pilot hole is drilled into the bone, and the threaded dental implant is inserted. Next, the gum is stitched closed over the implant.

Over the next three to six months, the dental implant and bone will become fused in a process called osseointegration. Once this process is complete, you will return for a second surgery. Once again, your surgeon will administer a local anesthetic before placing a small incision in the gums to expose the implant. A special abutment is placed on the implant, which will serve as the connection point to your restoration. 

The gums are stitched closed around the abutment to facilitate proper healing. Once the gums have healed, we will schedule an appointment to begin creating your custom implant-supported crown, bridge, or set of dentures. The timeline for dental implants varies from patient to patient. If you wish to learn more, contact us for a consultation to receive some of the best dental implants Charleston has to offer. 

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