Dental Implants from your Rock Hill Dentist
Dental implants constitute the most significant advance in dentistry in the last 40 years. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, three million people in the U.S. have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year.
Dental implants are similar to traditional crowns, in which the root of a damaged tooth is capped. But when there’s not enough left of the natural tooth to support a crown, an artificial root can be implanted to anchor the crown.
The use of implants allows us to replace teeth with strong and beautiful artificial teeth that look natural and function as well as real teeth. A benefit that they have over natural teeth is that they can’t develop cavities.
The process to get a dental implant takes several visits over a number of months. After a thorough consultation at our Rock Hill Dentist office, you will see a surgery specialist. To ensure you get the very best results, we believe the surgery part of the implant process is best done by a trained surgeon. The surgeon will place the titanium post part of the implant into your gums. This is the part of the implant that replaces the root of your tooth. To function like the root of your tooth, it needs to bond to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Unfortunately, there is no short-cut for this process and it can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months. The good news is that this is why implants never slip or make noises like dentures sometimes can.
In the final stage, Dr. Kirol, a top Rock Hill Dentist, will create and fit you with a new replacement tooth or crown (this is the part of the implant that is visible. It is custom made to match the color and size of your natural teeth) to go on top of the implant. The crown will be connected to the implant with something called an abutment (this is the connector which is placed on the top of the dental implant and connects the implant to the replacement tooth). Sometimes, a couple of visits may be required to make sure the crown is fitting perfectly as your gums heal. Once the crown is securely attached, the implant will provide excellent stability, comfort, and long- lasting results.
We will provide you with ongoing care instructions. If you practice good oral hygiene, eating habits, and have regular dental check-ups, your implants should last a lifetime.