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.