Dental Implants – Cary, NC
The Ultimate Tooth Replacement Solution
If you’re suffering from tooth loss, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that an astounding 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Now, dental implants are widely considered to be the most ideal solution and it’s easy to see why: In addition to having a 95% success rate, implants closely mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth and feel very natural. And with advanced training and experience, Dr. Darren Koch can handle the entire restorative process after implants are placed by an oral surgeon or periodontist. Want to know how implants can benefit you? Give us a call today to schedule a consultation!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Natural teeth get their strength and stability from their roots. Traditional bridges and dentures don’t replace the roots of missing teeth, so they simply can’t provide the same benefits that implants do, which replace both the root and crown. Here are just some of the many advantages of implants:
- Implants “trick” your body into thinking a natural tooth is present, so they preserve your jawbone and maintain the shape of your face, helping you retain a more youthful appearance after tooth loss.
- You can eat hard, tough, or crunchy foods with ease.
- Since implants feel and function so naturally, you’ll have more self-confidence.
- Since implants can last 30 years or more, they’re considered a permanent restoration. Bridges and dentures must be replaced every 5-15 years, on average.
- Implants don’t affect healthy teeth like a dental bridge would.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants in Cary are very versatile and can be customized for your needs. Using highly-accurate scans of your implant, Dr. Koch will complete your new smile with a custom-made restoration. Depending on the number of teeth being replaced, implants can support dental crowns, bridges, partial dentures, and even full dentures.
Missing a Single Tooth
If you’re missing just one tooth, a single implant will be restored with a titanium custom abutment and dental crown to restore your smile. For single tooth replacements, Dr. Koch uses all-ceramic crowns to provide high-quality restorations that look like natural teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
One or two dental implants are generally used for patients who are missing multiple teeth in a row. In these cases, Dr. Koch will create an implant-supported bridge, or a row of synthetic teeth that are anchored by implants. In addition to providing more strength than a traditional bridge, these implant-supported restorations last longer and are easier to clean.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re missing all your teeth on the top or bottom, an implant-retained denture is a fantastic choice. Dr. Koch will create a high-quality, custom-made denture that will attach to the implants. This provides you with much more strength and chewing power compared to traditional dentures and, since you won’t have to worry about dislodgement during meals, more confidence as well.
Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment
The dental implant process is completed in multiple phases, starting with an initial placement surgery and finishing with a restoration several months later. With advanced training and technology, Dr. Koch will work closely with an oral surgeon or periodontist to plan the surgical placement of your dental implants.
The in-office surgery usually takes 1-2 hours per implant and involves placing a biocompatible, titanium post into your jawbone. Then, over the course of the next several months, your bone will “fuse” with the implant via a process called osseointegration.
Once the osseointegration phase is complete, which typically takes 3 to 4 months, you’ll come back for your implants to be restored with new prosthetic teeth. Regardless of whether you’re getting a crown, bridge, or denture, Dr. Koch will create a strong, beautiful restoration so that your new smile looks and feels fantastic.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Implant treatment plans can vary quite a bit depending on many factors, including how many implants are needed and whether preliminary procedures such as extractions or a bone graft are necessary or not. That’s why the best way to get an idea of your individual cost is to schedule a consultation so Dr. Koch can evaluate your needs and determine what your treatment plan would include.
With that said, we can say with 100% confidence that implants are one of the best investments you’ll ever make. In addition to giving you a smile that feels incredibly natural, you’ll be able to enjoy your new teeth for a lifetime and eat all your favorite foods with ease.
Dental Implant FAQs
Are you considering dental implants in Cary? Do you feel confident moving forward with treatment? Do you feel you’re fully informed about the entire process? Many patients who have chosen dental implants to replace their missing teeth come to us with multiple questions, all of which Dr. Koch and our team will happily answer. No matter where you are in the decision-making process, we want you to have all the information you need to ensure you are making the right choice for your dental health. Below are common questions we’ve received from patients about dental implants. Please review the following information, and if you do not see your question listed or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.
Is it possible to develop an infection after having dental implants placed?
Yes, but it is very rare. Dental implants are just like any other type of dental surgery in that there is a risk for potential complications. Because the process involves surgically placing these titanium posts into the jawbone, it requires opening the gum tissue and exposing the underlying bone. Once they are put into place, you should have no issues other than some mild to moderate soreness and/or discomfort while recovering at home. However, it is possible there is a slight chance you could develop an infection that would require you to undergo additional treatment. There could also be nerve bruising that results in temporary numbness of your lips, cheeks, or tongue.
How long will it take for my implants to heal?
Each patient is different, so it’s important not to base your recovery time off of someone else’s experience. On average, you can expect to spend 3-4 months healing at home after your implants are firmly in place. If you require a bone graft before undergoing dental implant placement, your timeline for receiving your finalized restoration will take longer because of the added healing needed to ensure a firm foundation for your implants.
Can dental implants fail?
Yes, it is possible for dental implants to fail, but it is very rare. Dental implant placement carries a high success rate of 95% or more. When seeing a trusted professional who exhibits proven experience or works closely with specialists who are equipped and trained to surgically place implants, you can expect your treatment to be a success.
However, there are instances when implants do fail, some of which include:
- An improperly placed dental implant
- An infection within the bone and soft tissues
- Smoking or using tobacco products while recovering at home
- A compromised immune system
Can I switch from dentures to dental implants?
Many patients have found great success by saying “so long” to their dentures and hello to dental implants. But before you set your sights on this transition, your dentist in Cary will need to perform a thorough examination of your oral cavity and facial structure to determine if you are an eligible candidate. If you have good gum and general oral health, do not smoke, and have adequate bone density, making the switch should not be a problem. However, if your jawbone is insufficient, it will be necessary for you to undergo a bone graft to help strengthen the weakened areas of your smile.
Partnered with the Best in Cary
In our practice, we strive to provide the best possible care for our patients, which is why Dr. Koch often refers patients to Dr. Michael Brenegan at Cary Periodontics & Implant Dentistry for the placement procedure. We collaborate in planning implant and full mouth rehabilitation cases to ensure successful, long-lasting results. As a board-certified periodontist and a Diplomate with the American Board of Periodontology, Dr. Brenegan has the specialized expertise and clinical experience to treat our implant patients to the same high level we maintain here in our Cary office.