Your Guide to Dental Implants

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Dental implants are the only permanent, natural-looking solution for missing teeth. A single-tooth implant is made up of three parts: a titanium implant post, a small connecting piece called an abutment, and a porcelain crown.

If you’re missing several teeth or even a full arch, we can also use implants to secure a dental bridge or customized dentures. No matter how many teeth you need to replace, dental implants can provide the stunning results you’re looking for.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a range of unique benefits that other tooth replacements can’t match. Some of these include:

  • Natural appearance
  • Restores chewing function
  • Anchored to your jaw
  • Never removed
  • Easy to maintain
  • Stimulates healthy jawbone growth
  • Can last a lifetime with proper care

The Dental Implant Process

Getting dental implants is a three-step process that takes place over the course of several months. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kong will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if implants are right for you.

Once you’re ready, he’ll place the implant directly in your jaw. You’ll need to allow three to six months for osseointegration, the process of your implant fusing with your jawbone to replace the natural tooth root.

Finally, Dr. Kong will attach your restoration to complete the process. Depending on your case, this can be a crown, bridge, or denture.

Dental Implant Candidacy

If you want a restoration that allows you to eat, speak, and smile with total confidence, dental implants are likely the right treatment for you. However, an ideal candidate for the procedure will have plenty of jawbone mass and healthy gums.

If you suffer from jawbone deterioration or gum recession, a supplemental procedure can prepare you for implant surgery. These typically include bone grafting or gum disease treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are very durable and can last a lifetime with proper care.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of implants can vary significantly depending on your case. Call our office for price estimates.

How do you take care of your dental implants after the procedure?

You can maintain your implants just like natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing. For optimal results, we recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoiding any toothpaste brands with abrasive ingredients.

Are dental implants safe?

Not only are dental implants safe, they’re also the only tooth replacement that protects your long-term oral health. Just make sure that your dentist has plenty of training and experience placing implants.

Does my insurance cover my dental implants procedure?

Most dental insurance plans don’t cover implants, though they may pay for a portion of your treatment. If you have any questions about your insurance coverage, we’ll help to ensure you receive the maximum benefits of your plan.

What do I do in the event of a complication with my dental implants?

If you experience any issues with your implant, call us right away. Don’t attempt to fix the problem yourself, as this could result in further damage.

Visit High Point Smiles For Dental Implants

If you’re interested in dental implants, Dr. Kong has the experience necessary to ensure comfortable and effective treatment. Call one of our three convenient office locations and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kong today.

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