Dental Implants in Raleigh, NC
Achieve a Healthy & Confident Smile
Many patients with missing or failing teeth select dental implants as their preferred solution to tooth restoration. Dental implants preserve facial structure, prevent bone deterioration, and help achieve a healthy, confident smile.
At Raleigh Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we are dedicated to helping each patient find the most suitable dental implant option for their unique situation. Dr. Hoverstad, Dr. Camp, Dr. Milewski, and Dr. Marrazzo specialize in dental implant-based tooth restorations and offer a wide variety of treatments to restore your smile and oral health. Together with their friendly and knowledgeable staff, Raleigh Oral Surgery & Dental Implants is here to provide personalized care and exceptional results. Contact us in Raleigh, NC, today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward restoring your smile and oral health.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern and innovative solution for replacing missing teeth. They are designed to provide a strong and sturdy foundation for artificial teeth that are custom-made to match the natural teeth of the individual.
Dental implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that fuses with the jaw bone, creating a secure and long-lasting anchor for the replacement tooth. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are fixed in place, which allows for a more natural look and feel.
Protect Your Facial Structure
Dental implants help prevent facial sagging by preserving the jaw bone. By replacing the entire structure of a tooth, implants stimulate the jaw bone and prevent bone loss, maintaining facial structure and preventing the appearance of premature aging.
Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene. They fuse directly to the jaw bone, providing a stable and durable foundation for replacement teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges, implants offer a long-lasting solution that does not require constant adjustments or replacements.
Oral Health Benefits
Dental implants promote oral health by preventing the shifting of surrounding teeth. The implant post acts as a tooth root, keeping the neighboring teeth in their proper positions. This helps to maintain the integrity of the natural teeth, reducing the risk of dental issues such as misalignment or overcrowding.
Comfortable & Secure
Dental implants feel like natural teeth, providing optimal comfort and stability. Unlike removable dentures that may slip or cause sores, implants are securely anchored in the jaw bone, allowing for normal chewing and speaking activities without any major discomfort.
Dental implants can be placed anywhere in the mouth, making them a versatile solution for tooth replacement. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, implants can be customized to suit your specific needs, providing a natural-looking and functional smile.
Dental implants restore your smile, which can have a significant impact on your self-confidence. With implants, you can regain the ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence, knowing that your teeth are securely in place and look natural.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to look and function like natural teeth. They consist of an implant post, which acts as a tooth root, and a dental crown, which serves as the visible portion of the replacement tooth. The implant post is made of biocompatible materials such as titanium, and it is surgically placed into the jawbone to provide stability and support for the replacement tooth.
At Raleigh Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Raleigh, NC, we offer a variety of dental implant options to restore your smile and oral health. Our team of experienced oral surgeons, Dr. Hoverstad, Dr. Camp, Dr. Milewski, and Dr. Marrazzo, can help determine the best type of dental implant for your individual needs.
- Single Implants: Single dental implants are used to replace one missing tooth. They consist of an implant post that is surgically placed into the jawbone, a connector called an abutment, and a custom-made crown that matches the color and shape of your natural teeth. Single implants provide a durable and natural-looking replacement for a single missing tooth, restoring both function and aesthetics to your smile.
- Multiple Implants: Multiple dental implants are used to replace several missing teeth. They are similar to single implants, but can be used to support dental bridges or partial dentures to replace multiple missing teeth. Multiple implants provide a stable and secure solution for those who have lost several teeth, improving chewing ability and preventing bone loss in the jaw.
- Full-Arch Restoration: Full-arch restoration is a treatment option for those who are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws. This innovative technique uses a few strategically placed dental implants to support a fixed prosthetic arch of teeth. Full-arch restoration offers a permanent and comfortable solution, eliminating the need for removable dentures and allowing patients to enjoy a fully functional and beautiful smile.
- Zygomatic Implants: Zygomatic dental implants are used for patients with severe jaw bone loss, where traditional implants may not be possible. 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.
- Zirconia Implants: Zirconia dental implants are an alternative to traditional titanium implants. Made of biocompatible zirconia ceramic, these implants offer excellent aesthetics and are a metal-free solution for those who prefer a ceramic option. Zirconia implants can be used for both single and multiple tooth replacement, providing a natural and durable result.
Dental Implant Surgery
We make every effort to ensure your dental implant surgery at Raleigh Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Raleigh, NC, is a comfortable and straightforward process. Dr. Hoverstad, Dr. Camp, Dr. Milewski, and Dr. Marrazzo are experienced oral surgeons who will guide you through your procedure.
The first step of any surgical procedure at our practice is a consultation. During this first appointment, your oral surgeon will examine your oral health, jaw bone density, and discuss your treatment options with you. 3D scans may be taken at this time.
If you decide to have dental implants placed, we will provide you with detailed instructions to follow before your surgery. You may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for a certain period of time before the procedure and arrange for someone to accompany you home after the surgery.
On the day of your surgery, you will be administered the anesthesia chosen by your oral surgeon, which will be discussed and selected during the consultation appointment. Anesthesia will ensure you are comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gum tissue to access the jawbone. They will then carefully drill a hole in the bone where the dental implant post will be placed. This post acts as an artificial tooth root.
A temporary crown or healing cap may be placed to protect the implant during the healing process. This period can take several months to allow the implant to fuse with the jawbone. This process is called osseointegration.
Once the implant has fully healed and integrated with the jawbone, you will return to our practice to have the final crown attached. The crown will be custom-made to match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking result.
After the surgery, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your dental implant, including proper oral hygiene practices and dietary restrictions. You may experience some discomfort and swelling following the procedure, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and following the post-operative instructions provided. Please call our office if you have any questions about your post-operative instructions or recovery.
Types of Anesthesia
We offer several forms of anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
Cost of Dental Implants
Since every oral surgery treatment is tailored to best suit the needs of the patient, the cost of treatment varies. The final cost may be determined by several factors, including:
- The complexity of your case
- Your insurance coverage
- The number and type of implants needed
- Choice of anesthesia
We will provide a cost estimate during your consultation and offer many payment methods and financing options. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons.
Dental Implants in Raleigh, NC
If you are considering your options for tooth replacement in Raleigh, NC, look no further than Raleigh Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Hoverstad, Dr. Camp, Dr. Milewski, and Dr. Marrazzo, specialize in dental implant-based tooth restorations. Contact us in Raleigh, NC, for a consultation. We look forward to helping you improve your smile and overall health.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between a flipper tooth and a dental implant?
A flipper tooth is a temporary, removable denture often used as a temporary replacement while waiting for a more permanent solution, such as a dental implant. It is usually made of acrylic and is not as durable or stable as a dental implant. A dental implant, on the other hand, is a long-term replacement that is surgically placed in the jawbone and functions and looks like a natural tooth.
2. Can you get gum disease with dental implants?
Yes, it is possible to develop gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, with dental implants. However, proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings, can help prevent gum disease and ensure the long-term success of dental implants.
3. What should I not do after my dental implant surgery?
After your dental implant procedure, it is important to follow all post-operative instructions provided to you by your oral surgeon, including avoiding hot liquids and foods, diet restrictions, restricting physical activity, and not vigorously rinsing your mouth or disturbing the surgical area. Additionally, it is advised to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery while taking any prescribed opioid pain medication.
4. How much do dental implants cost in Raleigh, NC?
The cost of dental implant treatment in Raleigh, NC, can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the case, the number of implants needed, the chosen anesthesia, and any insurance coverage. It is best to schedule a consultation at our practice so we can provide a cost estimate based on your specific needs and circumstances.
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.