Dental Implants in Greenville
Dental Implants Will Return the Full Life You’ve Lost
Nobody wants to lose their teeth, but it does happen. With a single missing tooth, you may be worried that your smile won’t ever look the same again. What will your friends—or your boss—think, when they notice?
If you’ve lost many teeth, you may feel like you’re on a fast road to a full set of dentures and a lifetime of soup for dinner. Will you be able to chew your food without embarrassment? How long will it be before you start to look like your grandparents?
Feelings of embarrassment and shame are no way to live life! Whether you are missing one tooth or many, dental implants can give you back the look and feel of your natural teeth, so you’ll never have felt like something is missing. Greenville dental implant dentist Dr. Hamrick has the experience you need to achieve a full, natural-looking smile.
Replace Any Missing Teeth With Implants
There are many problems you can face from losing teeth; dental implants help you avoid those problems. A single missing tooth can disrupt the harmony of your smile and cause changes to your alignment and dental health. Multiple missing teeth can affect how well you speak and chew, and limit the foods you can enjoy. If you wear full or partial dentures, switching to an implant-based prosthetic can end your discomfort and give you back control over your diet.
Dental implants are composed of a small titanium base that is surgically implanted in the jaw to function in the same way as natural tooth roots. Once an implant has fused with the jaw bone—a process that takes a few months—a prosthetic tooth or denture can be attached.
Dental implants can be provided for the following forms of tooth loss:
- One Tooth – one implant with a dental crown permanently affixed to the top
- Three or More Consecutive Teeth – an implant bridge construction
- Multiple Teeth on Both Sides – two or more implants with a detachable partial denture
- A Full Arch of Teeth – usually four dental implants for a fixed or detachable arch of dentures
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process begins with a comprehensive oral exam and consultation with Dr. Hamrick. If you are a good candidate for treatment, he will take images and x-rays of your mouth to begin creating your personalized implant plan.
During your placement appointment, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed, and you will be sedated to keep you comfortable during the process. Dr. Hamrick will create a small opening in your gums and jaw then insert the dental implant. Once your implant is in place, the treatment area will be cleaned, disinfected, and sutured shut.
After your implants have been placed, your mouth will heal for about 3-6 months. Your implants must permanently bond with your jaw bone to become strong enough to support your implant restoration. During this time, you’ll come in for follow-up appointments and Dr. Hamrick will check your progress and begin crafting your implant-supported restoration, such as a dental crown.
Once your mouth has healed and your implant-supported restoration has been built, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Dr. Hamrick will permanently attach your implant-supported restoration to your implant to complete the procedure and fully restore your smile.
The Dental Implant Healing Process
The initial implant healing process takes about two weeks. For about 1-3 days after your implant is placed, you may notice bleeding, bruising and swelling around the implant site. This is normal.
During this time, eat a diet of mostly soft foods and be very gentle when brushing and flossing around the treatment area. You can take any prescribed painkillers or over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with pain. Icing the area for 10 minutes at a time can also help with discomfort.
After about 3-7 days, most of your pain and discomfort should subside. Lingering symptoms like a sore throat and stiff jaw muscles may still be present, but you should no longer be bleeding or in significant pain.
After 1-2 weeks, your mouth will have mostly healed. Note, however, that your implant will still need about 3-6 months to fully bond with your jaw bone after your mouth heals from the surgery. The process of osseointegration (implant fusing to your jaw bone) is much slower than the initial recovery process.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants are very long-lasting and durable. Your implants will last 30+ years with proper care, and they will not shift or move in your mouth because they are permanently attached to your jaw bone. Dental implants also support the strength of your jaw bone and prevent bone loss, which is a common issue after tooth loss.
If you think dental implants may be the right choice for you, just contact the team at Heritage Dentistry right away to learn more about their benefits and schedule a consultation.
We Offer Implant-Based Dentures
No one should have to worry that their dentures will slip loose and embarrass them when eating with friends and family. At Heritage Dentistry, we want our patients to be able to enjoy a rich and varied diet and the experience the simple joy of eating comfortably in the presence of others. Ill-fitting dentures can rob you of those pleasures in life. Dental implants can give you back control over your diet and dining habits.
With just four dental implants, a full arch of dentures can be securely attached. They do not shift or slip out of place, and only come loose when you choose to take them out. With implant-based dentures, all your favorite foods will be back on the menu and you’ll never have to worry about being embarrassed by your teeth again. Corn on the cob? No problem. Whole apples? No problem. Dental implants stay put and can stand up to the toughest foods.
The Healthier Choice for Tooth Replacement
An unfortunate fact about losing teeth is that it leads to jawbone resorption. In the absence of tooth roots, the body does not send the proper nutrients needed to maintain bone mass in the jaw. That means that when you lose teeth, your body starts a slow process of diminishing bone mass. Over time, the lower jaw will shrink and shrink, changing your appearance and facial structure.
Dental implants are the only way to replace teeth that won’t lead to losing bone mass. Because the implants mimic natural tooth roots, the body continues to build and support healthy tissue in the jaw bones.
Implant-based restorations are also a better choice for maintaining a healthy diet. Poor fitting dentures often force patients to limit their choices to soft foods that won’t cause pressure on the gums or dislodge dentures. Implant dentures and partials, however, are strong enough to give you the freedom to enjoy a wide range of healthy foods, such as crunchy fruits and vegetables.
Get Dental Implants in Greenville, SC Today
If you are ready to learn more about dental implants, contact us for an appointment with Dr. Preston Hamrick. At your consultation, we’ll examine your teeth and gums, go over your medical history, and determine whether you are good candidate for this treatment. Patients with medical conditions that affect their ability to heal and build bone mass may have special needs to make implants possible, so each case will have a different treatment plan and timeline.