We warranty our dental implants for life.
Dental implants are a restorative option for the treatment of missing or damaged teeth. Charleston dental implants are the most effective method of restoring functionality and providing a durable and long lasting replacement for damaged natural teeth.
A Charleston dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that is placed into the upper or lower jaw bone to act as the root structure for the replacement of a damaged or missing tooth. For the dental implant procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw, and the bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is not enough bone, more may need to be added with a bone graft procedure. Additionally, natural teeth and supporting tissues near where the implant will be placed must be in good health. After the bone has grown around the implant, it can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture functioning similarly to roots holding natural teeth in place.
Why Would I Need Dental Implants?
Charleston Dental implants are used to replicate the function and appearance of lost teeth. As opposed to dentures or bridges, dental implants are a long lasting way to provide the same functions as a tooth root or other structures within the jaw.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Dental implant surgery may be right for you if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have a jawbone that’s reached full growth
- Have adequate bone to secure the implants, or are able to have a bone graft
- Have healthy oral tissues
- Don’t have health conditions that will affect bone healing
- Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
- Want to improve your speech
- Are willing to commit several months to the process
What Are the Risks Associated With Dental Implant Surgery?
Like any surgery, dental implant surgery poses some health risks. Problems are rare, though, and when they do occur they’re usually minor and easily treated. Risks include:
- Infection at the implant site
- Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
- Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin
- Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities
What Can I Expect?
How the surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. Placement of dental implants and artificial teeth involves surgical procedures usually done in several stages. The entire process takes three to nine months, or sometimes even longer. Much of that time is spent healing and waiting for the growth of new bone in your jaw.
Typically, dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, where they serve as the roots of missing teeth. The metal in the implant fuses with your jawbone, so the implant won’t slip, make noise or cause bone damage. Once the metal cylinder is in place, an abutment (also called an extension) is fitted on top of it. Then, an artificial tooth (crown) is attached to the abutment, creating the polished look of a real tooth.
Taking Care of Your Dental Implants Post Surgery
Like any surgery, dental implant surgery poses some health risks. These risks are rare, and can be significantly reduced by combining good hygiene with proper implant care.
Shelbourne & Associates Implants have a lifetime warranty but your success is dependent on proper dental implant care! As you move from surgery to post surgery, the level of care and the tools required will change. The Shelbourne & Associates team will give you detailed instructions regarding the proper care techniques for your Charleston dental implants.
There are instances when Shelbourne & Associates can place an emergency implant after an injury causing the loss of a tooth.
Before and Afters
After enjoying the summer and wrestling in the pool, our patient, Tommy Clark came to us with an emergency:
His front tooth had been fractured, causing it to droop. This is what happened behind the scenes which caused the tooth to drop down:
So Shelbourne & Associates placed an emergency implant in a short, outpatient procedure and with the help of his dentist, Dr. Amanda Seay, was able to get the patient back to normal the same day! His new smile looked just as great as before and Tommy even made it to football practice the next day!