Dr. Richard Van Gurp, DDS has years of post graduate education and experience in the fields of cosmetic and restorative dentistry, helping patients who have suffered the loss of one or more teeth. Dr. Van Gurp offers Charlotte area dental patients several cosmetic and restorative options to replace a missing tooth, but dental implants remain the “gold standard” for patients who want a comfortable, natural looking and long lasting result. Patients who choose dental implants enjoy the confidence they have when eating since there is no concern that the implant may become loose or that food particles will lodge beneath it, as is often the case with traditional dentures.
Dental implants are permanent structures, secured to a patient’s jawbone with a small titanium post that is surgically implanted. A cosmetically matched, natural looking dental crown is placed on top of the post, providing the patient with a “new tooth” that looks and feels almost exactly like their natural tooth. With proper oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings, dental implants will last for up to 20 years! Patients who are committed to follow up care and regular dental visits will see the best results in the long run.
Dr. Van Gurp will perform a thorough evaluation of patients with a missing tooth to determine if they are a candidate for a dental implant. Patients need to have healthy gums and there needs to be enough bone to support the implantation of the post.
The entire dental implant process takes 3 to 6 months to complete, depending on the amount of time needed for the implanted post to heal completely within the bone. Dr. Van Gurp will coordinate all phases of treatment for his patients, referring patients to an oral surgeon located in the same building as his Charlotte dental practice for the surgical implantation of the post. Dr. Van Gurp will follow up with patients after the surgical phase and provide a temporary crown or bridge while the bone is healing. The final phase of the procedure, the placement of the “new tooth” will be performed by Dr. Van Gurp.
Patients will look and feel as if they have their natural tooth and appreciate that a dental implant allows them to function normally: no dietary restrictions or concerns about a dental appliance coming loose!
Contact Dr. Van Gurp in Charlotte to schedule an appointment and discuss your options.