Dental Implants

Dental implants are an effective treatment allowing the dentists in our office to replace missing teeth, as well as  provide patients a method in which to possibly avoid having a denture or partial. 

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or surgical specialist (oral surgeon or periodontist).  The 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 solution for many patients. In most situations, dental implants will last many years. However, they are subject to wear and tear and require regular maintenance to ensure long-term success. 

Some reasons for Cary Dental Implant Service:

  • 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 a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What to expect with your Cary Dental Implant procedure:

The process of getting dental implants at Wake Dental Care requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. If there is concern that there is not enough bone for an implant, the doctor may order a 3D scan (Cone Beam CT) to allow visualization of the shape of the bone in more detail. If there is not enough bone or gum tissue to accept a dental implant, sometimes bone/tissue grafting can be performed by a specialist (oral surgeon/periodontist). If successful, an implant can then be placed after proper healing. 

After the doctor has had time to plan the most appropriate position of the implant, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.  Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “abutment” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.  With other implants the abutment may be placed at the same time. 

After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the abutment.  Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.  

When you are finished with your treatment at our office, you will receive care instructions to help you maintain your new implant!  Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in ensuring the long-term success of your new implant.