About the Dental Implant Procedure
Drs. Furgurson and Hoyle offer several options for dental implant patients. In many cases, we will be able to surgically place the dental implant in his Chapel Hill dentist office. In other cases, your dentist may work with a local oral surgeon or periodontist to coordinate the surgical phase of treatment. Drs. Furgurson or Hoyle will complete the dental implant procedure by placing the final restoration of either a dental crown, partial or full denture in his Chapel Hill office.
Dental Implants Step by Step
If a tooth extraction is needed, that will be performed first and then the dental implant will be surgically placed in the jawbone. The implant is a small post made of titanium that will fuse with the living bone as it heals, forming a solid structure for the replacement tooth.
In some cases, we may be able to immediately replace the dental implant with a dental crown, bridge or denture. In other instances, a temporary restoration will be placed while the implant heals and integrates with the bone.
It typically takes 3 to 6 months for the implant to fully fuse with the jawbone. The final restoration will be attached to the dental implant for a permanent restoration.
Dental implants are an exciting option for patients with missing teeth. They offer key benefits for your overall and long term oral health:
- Over 95% success rate among current patients
- Enables a normal diet without restriction
- Supports healthy bone structure and reduces bone loss in the jaw
- Patients can speak clearly and confidently without fear of slippage
Dental Implant vs. Bridge vs. Denture
Studies show that dental implants have a 35% higher success rate when compared to traditional fixed bridgework or dentures.
All three of these restorations replace missing teeth, however a dental implant is the only one that replaces the actual root structure of a tooth. This means that the prosthetic tooth (or teeth) is permanently fixed in the mouth and does not require any support from neighboring teeth or use of adhesives.
For denture patients, dental implants can minimize speech impediments often associated with loose or ill-fitting dentures. The dental implants will also allow you to eat more foods and chew much more efficiently so you can live your life without concern over what foods you can and cannot eat.
Single Tooth Implant
When a single tooth is missing, a dental implant is often the best choice for restoring your smile with the most natural function and aesthetics, without having to compromise other existing teeth. A dental implant replaces the root structure as well as the lost tooth, helping maintain the integrity and the shape of your jaw through reduced bone loss.
Multiple Tooth Replacement
If several consecutive teeth are missing, an implant secured dental bridge or partial denture can offer stable, comfortable results that will also provide the oral health benefits described above.
An implant secured dental bridge gives you back a smile that feels natural, allows for normal speech and a healthy diet and does not require the use of adhesives.
All On Four®
This unique treatment option can replace an entire arch or full set if missing teeth with an implant secured hybrid denture.