Dental Implants – Beaufort, SC
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and their facial contours will be preserved. The implants are titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, a process known as osseo-integration, creating a strong foundation for porcelain crowns. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Dr. Mohler. 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 Implant Procedure
We first take a Cone Beam scan to ensure the bone volume is ideal for an implant. If the bone volume is sufficient we will take an impression for fabrication of a surgical guide. There are times when the Cone Beam scan indicates the bone volume is insufficient. In these cases it may be necessary to have additional procedures done at the same time that the implant is placed. Example of such procedures are a bone graft in the maxillary sinus to add additional bone for support. This is known as a sinus lift. Sometimes a bone graft is placed in the tooth socket following a dental extraction and immediate placement of an implant. This is known as socket preservation.
A Guided Implant placement is very different from the traditional implant placement. You do not need to be asleep, there are no incisions therefore there are no stitches. Following the implant placement a Cone Beam scan will confirm the correct placement of the implant and a healing abutment will be placed to protect the implant.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants can be completed in one visit. The decision of when the implant can be restored is a surgical decision and depends upon how tightly the implant was placed in the bone. If the implant was not tight, the healing abutment will remain in place for three months. If the implant is moderately tight, a temporary crown can be placed but it will not be functional in the bite. It is primarily an esthetic temporary. If the implant is sufficiently tight, a porcelain crown can be placed and will be fully functional. This will be the final restoration.
However in some rare situations two surgical procedures are required. First, implants are guided into place within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear a temporary during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. Dr. Mohler will uncover the implants and take an impression to begin fabrication of your new crown. Dr. Mohler will then start making your new teeth and deliver them within a few days.