Dental implants are used to permanently replace one or more missing teeth. In contrast to partial and full dentures, which are removable, dental implants are intended to last a lifetime. The dental implant procedure involves two main steps:
- Dental implant placement: In this step, the dental implant is surgically placed in the jaw. Patients must have proper bone dentistry and healthy gums, and it is essential that the patient is committed to diligently maintaining good oral hygiene. Following the placement of the dental implant, a period of healing allows the dental implant and jawbone to begin to fuse together.
- Dental implant restoration: To complete the dental implant and restore the function and beauty of your smile, your experienced Garner, North Carolina dentist will place the dental implant restoration. Each dental implant restoration is custom made to fit your smile perfectly. Depending on your individual dental needs, the dental implant restoration may be a dental crown, dental bridge, full denture, or partial denture.
Whether your smile has been damaged by tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury, dental implants can restore your smile to its optimal health, function, and beauty. For more information on the advantages of implant dentistry, we invite you to call or visit us today. Dr. Walker and her team are eager to restore your smile!