Are you self-conscious about smiling because you have missing teeth? Have you been told that the only way to get back your smile is with a set of dentures? If you’ve lost teeth due to gum disease, an accident or other difficulties, a dental implant may be the best option to restore your smile. Dental Implants have a higher rate of customer satisfaction than any other type of restoration procedure. You may decide to join the many patients you have already chosen this simple procedure to be able to once again smile with ease and confidence.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a permanent solution to fill in the gap in your smile left by missing teeth. They can be done for one teeth or multiple teeth as individual implants or as part of a bridge. A dental implant procedure begins with the installation of a tiny titanium post in the jaw. This post secures your crown into your gums, replacing the root of the missing tooth as it stimulates the growth of healthy jawbone tissue.
Dr. Richard Van Gurp works with an oral surgeon conveniently located on the lower level of his Charlotte NC office to complete this procedure. Once the post is embedded, Dr. Van Gurp will attach a dental crown. The crown is an artificially-constructed tooth, made from realistic-looking material, that fills in the gap in your smile.
Dr. Van Gurp uses cutting edge technology to create a crown that will match your natural teeth in function and appearance. The implant restores the natural appearance of your teeth and also regains you the full use of your teeth. Patients that have received implants recommend them, citing their realistic look, feel, and function. And just like your natural teeth, they never need to be removed for cleaning. Unfortunately, most insurances do not cover the cost of implants and it usually costs a bit more than other options. But, their many benefits make them worth the extra expense to many patients.
The placement process for dental implants is a fairly simple for most patients. The procedure is only minimally invasive and there is usually only a little post-procedure discomfort-sometimes none at all. As mentioned previously, for most patients the placement process is very simple, but for some complex cases the procedure may need to be completed over the span of several months, especially if the patient requires bone graft procedures build up the strength of their jawbone to hold the implant.
Dr. Van Gurp will evaluate you to see if you have a sufficient amount of healthy bone structure in your jaw. If so, you can have the have the implant at any time. Once the implant is implanted into the jawbone, it will gradually fuse to the bone over the next few months, becoming fully secure and stable. Once the surgical site is fully healed, you will once again have a complete smile that looks, acts, and feels just like your natural teeth would.
Care and Maintenance
Dental implants are surprisingly easy to care for. Their maintenance is exactly the same as caring for your natural teeth in fact. Simply follow these basic oral health guidelines from Dr. Van Gurp:
- Brush your teeth twice daily, including your implant.
- Floss between and around your natural teeth and the implant.
- Discuss with Dr. Van Gurp any tooth grinding or clenching habits
- Schedule and keep regular professional check-ups and cleanings
To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Charlotte NC, contact Dr. Van Gurp at 704.209.9606 or schedule an appointment online today!