The Dental Implant Process
At Luck Family Dental, our Fort Mill dentists offer implant restorations for patients who have had a titanium post surgically placed. Once the titanium post in your jawbone heals and is strong enough to hold your permanent replacement, Dr. Luck can begin the restoration process.
Restoration involves securing your natural-looking, custom replacement tooth to the titanium post. After the restoration procedure, you’ll leave our office with a strong, confident smile. Call or visit us today to set up a consultation and see if dental implants are the right option for you.
Get Dental Implants to Restore Your Smile
If you are missing teeth, dental implants are permanent replacements that will restore your smile and your confidence. Implants look and feel natural, and they allow you to chew and speak with ease. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime and give you a confident smile for years to come. Call us today to learn more about dental implants and set up a consultation to see if they are the right option for you.
What Are The Benefits DENTAL IMPLANTS?
First, dental implants have the unique ability to strengthen your jaw bone after placement. Just like a natural tooth would, your implant stimulates the jaw bone when you chew, bite, and smile. This prevents the loss of bone after you lose a tooth. This issue is not prevented by alternative restorations like dental bridges and partial dentures.
Dental implants also look and feel completely natural. You can smile proudly, and your implant will never move or shift. Your custom-made crown from will blend in perfectly with your natural smile, so nobody has to know that you’ve even lost a tooth!
It’s also easier to eat your favorite foods. Partial dentures, for example, may make it harder to eat tough and firm foods like apples. But with dental implants, there are absolutely no dietary restrictions. Your new tooth will function just like a real tooth!
Beyond this, dental implants are also very cost-effective. They do have a higher up-front cost compared to partial dentures and bridges, but they last a very long time, and require less maintenance, making them an excellent investment in your dental health.
How Do I Care FOR MY IMPLANTS?
Single-tooth dental implants do not require any specialized care. All you need to do to care for your new tooth is brush twice a day for two minutes, floss once a day, and see Dr. Leah Luck for a six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam. Just treat your new tooth just like a natural tooth, and it will stay healthy and strong for years to come.
Implant-supported bridges and implant-supported dentures require some additional care steps, but are still very easy to clean and care for. During your appointment, Dr. Luck will provide you with instructions on how to care for your bridge or dentures.
DO IMPLANTS LAST?
If you care for your implants properly by brushing and flossing regularly, and coming in for six-month dental cleanings/oral exams, you can expect them to last you up to 30 years or longer. This is one of the biggest benefits of implants. You will be able to enjoy the results of your implant procedure for decades to come.
In fact, a lot of patients are able to keep their implants for the rest of their lives. After they heal, the implants essentially become a natural part of your mouth. Implants usually only fail after healing if they are damaged by oral trauma or a serious infection.
However, this doesn’t mean that your implant restoration, such as a crown, will last for 30+ years. The dental implant itself is not exposed to any wear and tear, but your implant restoration is. The forces of biting, chewing, and smiling can cause the restoration to wear down over time.
The lifespan of restorations is still quite long, however. Single-tooth restorations like dental crowns can last up to 15 years, and implant-supported dentures usually last at least 10 years. Even when your restoration wears out, a new one can be easily made and attached to your existing implant.
Resources for Our Patients
to Keep Care Affordable
The price of an implant restoration can vary. At Luck Family Dental, we offer resources to help keep quality dental care within your budget. Give us a call at (803) 548-6370 today to speak with our friendly, knowledgeable team and go over your payment and financing options.
Schedule a Consultation
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth, so they need to be surgically inserted into your jaw bone. A good candidate for a dental implants will have healthy gums and adequate jaw bone to support the implant. To schedule a consultation for Fort Mill dental implants with Dr. Luck and see if a dental implant is a good solution for you, give us a call today!