Dental implants are the most natural looking and sustainable option for replacing a single tooth. Dental implants are a surgically implanted titanium post that replaces the missing root structure. Over a 3-6 month period, the titanium post will fuse with the natural bone helping it to support the structure of the jaw and to provide a secure base for the attachment of a dental restoration.
Dr. Hires will then secure a dental crown to the healed implant. The crown will be custom designed to aesthetically fit your natural smile. Dental implants provide natural, tooth-like replacement options for missing teeth. Dental implants allow patients to maintain a normal oral hygiene routine and eat and speak with confidence. Implants also provide long-term support of the jaw bone and deter deterioration or recession of the facial structure.
Missing teeth can create a whole range of health concerns. From chronic halitosis to an increased risk of developing gum disease, missing teeth are both a cosmetic and oral health concern. Dental implants are an investment in your health, confidence, and overall well-being.
Single Tooth Implant Procedure
Dr. Covington or Dr. DuRant will meet one-on-one with each dental implant patient. During your consultation, they will perform a thorough dental health exam to see if a single dental implant is the right choice for you. Then, we will schedule the initial phase of the treatment- The surgical implantation of the tiny titanium post into the jaw. After the implant is placed, it will require a 3-6 month healing period to allow the soft tissues to heal and the post to integrate with the bone. Once your dentist is satisfied with the condition of the treated area, we will attach the abutment. This piece will serve as the connection between the post and the dental crown that will become your new tooth, stabilizing the implant and providing added strength.
After another brief healing period, during which a temporary crown or a healing cap will be placed, you will return to our office for the final placement of your restoration, or custom dental crown. Once complete, your new dental implant will look, feel and function like a natural tooth.
Dental Implant Maintenance
The Dental implant will require the same kind of care as your natural teeth. Implants, like your natural teeth, depend on healthy gums and surrounding tooth structures for support. It is essential that you brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings at our Beaufort, SC dentist office. With regular and diligent oral hygiene, your dental implants should last a lifetime and support a beautiful, healthy smile.
Benefits of single tooth dental implant include:
- Easier oral hygiene routine
- The dental implant will never decay so there is no chance of ever needing a root canal or cavity filling
- Your adjacent teeth will not be damaged
- No bone loss because dental implants stimulate natural tooth roots to promote bone regeneration
- Will look just like your natural teeth
- Permanent, will not fall off or need replacing
Schedule a Consultation
If you are missing a tooth and interested in a dental implant, schedule a consultation with one of our dentist on Lady’s Island. Dr. Ashley Covington or Dr. Perry DuRant will discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget concerns to determine if a dental implant is right for you. Contact us at 843-986-0177 or request an appointment online.