Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for the treatment of missing teeth, providing a tooth replacement that is as close to your natural tooth as possible. Dental implants are permanent, natural looking and can stabilize your overall oral health by replacing both tooth and tooth root: the implanted post functions like a tooth root and minimizes bone loss in the jaw. Dr. Furgurson and Dr. White recommend the use of dental implants whenever appropriate for patients needing to replace a missing tooth or to secure a bridge or denture.
Your dentist will work with you individually to evaluate your dental health, discuss your concerns and goals and make appropriate treatment recommendations for tooth replacement.
Complete Treatment for Dental Implants in Chapel Hill, NC
Dr. James Furgurson has advanced training in implant dentistry and over 30 years of combined experience placing dental implants. Dr. Furgurson has achieved the status of Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, demonstrating their skill and commitment to providing the highest level of care for dental implant patients.
The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) is the world’s largest dental implant organization and leading provider of continuing dental implant education. As Fellows in the ICOI, Drs. Furgurson demonstrates his ongoing commitment to providing the highest standard of care in implant dentistry. To attain Fellowship membership, Drs. Furgurson has to meet continuing education requirements, complete a written exam and show at least 20 completed dental implant cases.
About the Dental Implant Procedure
Drs. Furgurson offers several options for dental implant patients. In many cases, he 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. Dr. Furgurson 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 Before & After
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.
Types Of Dental Implants
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.
Dental Implants FAQs
Will dental implants stop bone loss?
Yes, dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that will halt bone loss in the jaw. The implant posts will act as the missing teeth roots in addition to supporting a new dental restoration. This will provide enough stimulation to prevent bone resorption.
Are dental implants right for me?
To qualify for dental implants, you must have a healthy amount of available bone to support them. Your gums must also be disease-free and you should otherwise be in good health. Age is typically not a factor however you must be fully grown. Most dentists will not recommend dental implants to anyone under the age of 18 due to the fact that their jaw may still be developing.
How many dental implants will I need?
The amount of dental implants you will need depends on where your missing teeth are located along the jaw. If you are only missing a single tooth, one implant will be placed to support a dental crown. For many missing teeth or edentulous patients, anywhere from two to eight dental implants can be used to support a bridge or denture.
How long will my implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a life time. Patients who take good care of their oral health and remain in good overall health can expect their implants to last forever.