Dental Implants in Apex

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Benefits of Dental Implants

At Cardinal Family Dentistry

Dr. Barker will skillfully place your implant to ensure that it lasts a lifetime
Our custom crowns are natural-looking and will give you a healthy, confident smile
Implants mimic natural tooth roots, so they’ll keep you feeling safe and secure
what can i expect from the dental implant process?

The process for placing a dental implant usually requires an initial consultation, and 2 additional appointments. More appointments may be necessary if your jaw bone is weak, and you require a bone graft or sinus lift, or if your tooth must be extracted before the implant is placed.

If your mouth is healthy, you are free of gum disease, and you have a strong jaw bone, you are likely eligible for a dental implant. Dr. Barker will begin crafting your implant plan, and you’ll come in for your next appointment when our team is ready to begin the procedure.

At your next appointment at Cardinal Family Dentistry, Dr. Barker will numb and clean your mouth. Then, she will place a small, titanium rod or screw into the gum and jaw. This is the dental implant. After it’s been placed, the area is sutured, and a healing abutment or dental crown may be placed. These will help ensure the gum does not grow over the implant while it heals.

After this, you will be sent home, and you’ll follow Dr. Barker’s recovery instructions. It usually takes about 1-3 days to feel “normal” after your procedure, and most pain, discomfort and bleeding should subside within less than a week.

However, you’ll have to wait 3-6 months for your next appointment. This is because the implant must undergo the process of “osseointegration” and bond permanently to your gum and jaw tissue. During this time, your implant-supported restoration, usually a dental crown, will be manufactured.

Once this has been completed, you’ll come into our office for your final appointment. Dr. Barker will place your implant-supported restoration on the implant, and bond it in place permanently. This completes the dental implant procedure.

If you are missing all or multiple teeth, Dr. Barker can help you with full arch restorations as well. Contact us to learn more.

Why Does It Take 3-6 Months For A Dental Implant To Heal? Understanding Osseointegration

This is a common question. Why do implants take so long to heal? To answer this, you must understand what osseointegration is, and how it works. Essentially, osseointegration allows a dental implant to function as an artificial tooth root, and bond permanently with your jaw and gum.

There’s a reason that titanium is the most common material used for dental implants. Not only is it strong and corrosion-resistant, it has the unique ability to form a permanent bond with the bone structure of your jaw.

The screw-shaped design of dental implants allows them to be placed deep within your jaw and gum tissue. Then, over the next several months, the surrounding bone continues to grow around the dental implant, surrounding it and eventually integrating with it completely. Over the next several years, this bond will continue to grow even more robust.

That’s why you must wait 3-6 months before having your implant placed. The bone must begin to grow around the metal, or the implant could be knocked out of place or damaged before it’s taken hold.

How much do dental implants cost?

Because dental implants are permanent and can last a lifetime, they are considered an investment in your dental health. Other solutions like dentures or bridges for missing teeth are removable and less durable, and will need to be replaced every few years. Though these removable options are initially less expensive, implants will save you time and money in the long run. Money should never come between you and your dental health, and that’s why we provide resources to ensure that your treatment stays affordable and within your budget.

Will dental implants work for me?

During your consultation, Dr. Barker will assess your dental health to determine whether you are a good candidate for implants. Since implants are permanent and they are surgically placed, patients need to have sufficient jaw bone and healthy gums in order to support them. If implants are the right option for you and your mouth is healthy enough to safely insert the implant, Dr. Barker will begin the process.

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