It is a fact that most people will not make it through life without losing at least one tooth. Trauma, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene are all reasons why people have missing or damaged teeth. There are many solutions available to replace teeth and rebuild smiles. Dental implants, however, offer the most long term health benefits.
Dr. James Furgurson is an expert implant dentist and has achieved the status of Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is a passionate dentist who listens to his patient’s needs and goals. In most cases, Dr. Furgurson can perform every step of the implant process at his Chapel Hill dentist office. As a top dental implant dentist, he treats patients from many area communities including Durham, NC.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant is a small, titanium metal post that looks like a screw. A predetermined number of them are surgically implanted into the jaw bone. These implants will eventually fuse with the living bone as it heals creating a strong bond. They will support a dental restoration that will be custom made to blend in naturally with your smile. These implants will also serve as a replacement tooth root, providing stimulation for the jaw bone thus preventing bone deterioration. However, not everyone will qualify for implants. You should be in overall good health and have enough healthy jaw bone to support the implanted post.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the smart choice for patient of all ages. When compared to alternatives such as dental bridges or dentures, teeth implants offer many more advantages. These benefits include:
- Permanent solution for missing teeth
- Better preservation of bone structure
- Support adjacent teeth
- No worrying about restoration slipping around in the mouth
- Easy to care for
- Look, feel and function like natural teeth
- Little to no food restrictions
- Replaced teeth will not get cavities
- Improves the appearance of smile and lower face
- Superior durability and longevity
Dental Implants Process
The dental implant process will take about three to six months. If you require pre-treatments, then the process time will be longer. Dr. James Furgurson will spend a considerable amount of time evaluating your teeth and jaw and planning your treatment. This involves an evaluation of your entire oral structure.
Next is the surgical placement of the teeth implants. Dr. Furgurson will insert the implants into your jawbone at the predetermined location at his Durham, NC area dentist office. If you require extractions, this will be completed immediately before the surgery. In some cases, we may be able to immediately restore the dental implant with a dental crown, bridge or denture. In other instances, a temporary restoration will be placed.
After your surgery, the implants are left to fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a strong base for your new dental prosthesis. This can take from three to six months. Dr. Furgurson will closely monitor your healing during this time.
After the implants have fused with the jaw bone, final restoration will be attached at our Durham, NC area dentist office. Your replacement teeth will look, feel, and function just like real teeth.