Dental implants are single-tooth solutions for missing teeth, and the closest tooth-replacement option for our natural teeth. When a missing tooth is replaced or a denture is secured with implant anchors, patients can experience improved quality of life, self-esteem, and ability to chew.
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
Since implant dentistry is a surgical process, it’s important to choose a dentist who has the experience necessary to ensure a successful outcome. As an associate fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dr. Christopher Reese has extensive experience and training in dental implants and restorations.
Alternative Option to Bridges and Dentures
Bridges involve the removal of healthy tooth material from the teeth adjacent to vacant spaces, which puts them at risk for future problems, like decay and breakage. Dentures also rely on soft tissue for retention, but implant-retained dentures snap into place and are much more secure, improving chewing function and self-confidence.
Dental Implants: A Lasting Solution
Under good circumstances, dental implants have one of the most predictable treatment outcomes for any services we provide. Long-term studies have shown that dental implants have a 90% success rate. That means that there is a 90% chance that you will have the implant for your entire life.
Keep in mind that dental implants need to be cared for like natural teeth—they need to be brushed, flossed, and cleaned every six months by our dental hygienists in our Claremont, NC dental office.
During your consultation at our Claremont, NC dental office, Dr. Reese and our team will take the time to discuss all treatment options and their predictability. Our advanced digital technology allows us to effectively plan and execute implant surgery with minimal interruption into everyday life.