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Dental Implants in Clayton, NC

Restore Your Smile & Regain Confidence

For many patients, dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement solution. They look and function like natural teeth, providing a strong foundation for chewing and speaking. The implant post acts as a tooth root, supporting a custom crown for a seamless, natural-looking, and fully functional smile.

Dr. Hoverstad, Dr. Camp, Dr. Milewski, and Dr. Marrazzo specialize in dental implant-based tooth restorations and are dedicated to delivering exceptional results and providing personalized care for each of our patients. We use advanced technology and techniques to ensure that you feel great about your smile. Contact our office in Clayton, NC, to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons today.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants provide a long-term, durable solution to missing and failing teeth. A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone and acts as an anchor for replacement teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are designed to look and feel like your natural teeth and provide a secure, durable foundation for your replacement teeth.

Types of Dental Implants

There are several types of dental implants available, including:

  1. Single tooth replacement: This option is ideal for those who are missing a single tooth. An implant and crown are placed to fill the gap.
  2. Multiple teeth replacement: If you have multiple missing teeth, dental implants can be used to support a bridge or partial denture, providing a secure and stable solution.
  3. Immediate implants: In some cases, dental implants can be placed immediately after extraction, reducing the overall treatment time and eliminating the need for an additional surgery.
  4. Full-arch restoration: Using as few as four dental implant posts, a full-arch restoration can support a full set of prosthetic teeth, eliminating the need for removable dentures.
  5. Zirconia implants: Zirconia implants are tooth-colored ceramic implants that provide an excellent alternative for individuals with metal allergies or those who prefer a metal-free solution.

Zygomatic Implants: An Ideal Alternative

Zygomatic dental implants are used for patients with severe jaw bone loss, where traditional implants may not be possible and serve as an excellent alternative to dentures. Instead of being inserted into the jaw bone, zygomatic implants are anchored in the cheekbone. This advanced technique allows patients with significant bone loss to still benefit from dental implants and regain their oral function. Learn more from Dr. Hoverstad in the video above.

Dental Implant Surgery

The first step of any surgical procedure at our practice is a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. During this first visit, your oral health will be evaluated, and 3D scans will be taken. This step is crucial for planning the dental implant procedure and ensuring that it is tailored to your specific needs. We will also discuss your goals for treatment and answer any questions you may have. Anesthesia options will also be discussed during this time.

Your dental implant surgery will start with the administration of anesthesia. Once it has taken effect and you are completely comfortable, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gum tissue to expose the jaw bone. The dental implant will then be carefully inserted into the jaw bone.

After the dental implant is placed, an abutment may be attached immediately or in a separate procedure. The abutment connects the implant post to the crown, which is the visible part of the new tooth. If the abutment is not attached during the initial surgery, a temporary crown will be placed to protect the implant.

Over the next few months, the implant will fuse with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. This ensures stability and strength for your new tooth. Once the implant has fully healed, you will return to our office to receive the final crown. The crown will be custom-made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth, resulting in a seamless and natural-looking smile.

During the healing process, it is important to follow the instructions provided by our team. Good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, will be essential to maintain the cleanliness and health of your dental implant and surrounding teeth.

Types of Anesthesia

We offer several forms of anesthesia to ensure your comfort.

Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants can vary based on factors such as:

  • The number of implants needed
  • The type of implants placed
  • The complexity of the procedure
  • Insurance coverage
  • The type of anesthesia chosen

We will provide you with a cost estimate during your consultation appointment at our practice in Clayton, NC. We are in-network with many insurance companies and also offer financing options through CareCredit®.

Dental Implants in Clayton, NC

Dental implants offer a solution to restore health, function, and confidence to your smile. If you are considering dental implants, the board-certified oral surgeons at Raleigh Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Clayton, NC, can provide you with various options to meet your specific needs. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and see how we can help you restore your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do dental implants get cavities?

No, dental implants cannot get cavities like natural teeth. Dental implants are made of materials such as titanium or ceramic, which do not decay. However, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to keep the implant and surrounding natural teeth clean and healthy.

2. How long does the dental implant procedure take?

The duration of the dental implant procedure can vary depending on various factors, such as the number of implants and the complexity of the case. On average, the surgery for a single dental implant takes about one hour. However, it is best to consult with your oral surgeon for a more accurate estimate based on your specific case.

3. Who is not a candidate for dental implants?

While dental implants are suitable for many patients with missing or failing teeth, there are certain conditions that may make someone unsuitable for implants. Patients with severe bone loss, untreated periodontal disease, or certain medical conditions that affect bone healing may not be suitable candidates for dental implants. It is important to consult with an oral surgeon to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.

4. How can I ensure the longevity of my dental implants?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. It is important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups. Following any post-implant placement care instructions provided by your oral surgeon is also essential for a smooth recovery and implant success.

Where Greater Raleigh Experiences Oral Surgery Excellence

At Raleigh Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we are committed to providing exceptional care and achieving outstanding outcomes. With two offices in Raleigh and one in Clayton, our practice is proud to serve the greater Raleigh community. We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation for oral surgery and see how we can help you enhance your oral health.