Dental Implants for Winston-Salem & Clemmons, NC
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Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like your own. By restoring those teeth that have been lost, our patients are able to regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can also smile with confidence knowing that their new teeth appear natural. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are small titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth have been removed. The bone surrounding the implant integrates with the titanium, creating a strong core from which artificial teeth can then be attached.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If you feel implant dentistry is a treatment option you may be interested in, we recommend a comprehensive dental & radiographic examination. During this consultation visit, Dr. Pruitt, Miller, Stowe, Steinbicker, or Taylor will review your health history as well as any specific needs or considerations that are relevant. Afterwards, the appropriate oral and maxillofacial surgeon or periodontist will be recommended to you for the placement of your dental implant(s). We are fortunate to have several talented, highly trained specialists in the Winston-Salem area that will take exceptional care of you during this part of your treatment. After the healing phase has been completed, you will return to see us to complete the restoration of your smile. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental implants are changing the way people live!
With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are essentially metal anchors which act as a substitute for a tooth root. These small posts are surgically placed into the jawbone which, once integrated with the adjacent bone, provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, the implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually fusing with the bone that surrounds it. If needed for cosmetic or functional reasons, you should be able to wear temporary dentures during this transitional period.
Once your implant or implants have successfully integrated, the second phase begins. The surgeon or periodontist will first uncover the implant(s) and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Pruitt, Miller, Stowe, Steinbicker, or Taylor will then take a detailed impression from which we will design the appropriate crown, bridgework or denture for your specific situation which will ultimately improve both your ability to function as well as esthetics.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months and most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. Please click on the link below to view an informative presentation on the many ways that implants can improve your smile!