Dental implants offer the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth. Because dental implants replace the actual tooth root, they can support a prosthetic tooth that will look and function just like a natural tooth, allowing you to speak, chew and smile with confidence.
Dr. Leonard Hess is one of the most highly trained and well-qualified dentists in the Charlotte area for dental implant procedures. He provides coordinated treatment with specialists for the expert restoration of dental implants.
What’s an implant and how does it work?
A dental implant is a bio-compatible titanium post that is surgically implanted by a dentist into the jaw bone, replacing the root of a missing tooth. When fully integrated with the bone, the dental implant will provide stability and support for a replacement tooth. A dental implant can be used to support a dental crown for a single missing tooth or a denture to replace all of your missing teeth. Dental implants offer many benefits to both dental and overall health.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- 95% or higher success rate
- Improved bone and gum health (compared to alternative restorations)
- Avoids degradation of healthy teeth (as in conventional bridgework)
- Improves the appearance of the smile and lower face
- Patients can enjoy a healthy diet without restrictions
- No worry of slippage or dentures “falling out”
Dental Implant Process
Charlotte dentist Dr. Hess will create a personalized treatment plan and coordinate with a local oral surgeon or periodontist who will perform the tooth implant surgery. Dr. Hess will complete the restoration in our Monroe dental office.
Implantation: The placement of the dental implant is a simple, procedure performed in the dentist’s office under local anesthesia. It typically takes three to six months for the implant to heal and fully integrate with the jawbone. In some cases, Dr. Hess will place the permanent dental crown during this visit. Other times, a temporary crown will be placed while the implant heals.
Implant Restoration: After the healing process is complete, Dr. Hess will uncover the implant and attach the dental crown, bridge, or denture. Your restoration will look and function the same as your natural teeth. You can brush and floss normally. Routine visits to the dentist will ensure the long-term health and function of the dental implant.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Dr. Hess will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. It is important that you have the adequate bone structure to support the dental implant. Dental implants can be used in a number of circumstances including the replacement of one or more missing teeth. Dental implants may also be used to anchor bridgework or a denture.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants is determined by the number and location of implants, as well as your overall dental health. Dr. Hess will review all of your options as well as the cost of procedures prior to treatment. Most dental implant procedures are not covered by insurance, however, we will submit the necessary billing and documentation to your insurance company to allow for maximum reimbursement.
Dr. Hess also offers flexible payment options and interest-free financing to help make dental implants more affordable.
What is the best choice for missing teeth?
Whether you have one or several missing teeth, there are many options for replacement. Dr. Hess will evaluate your condition and help you choose which replacement option is best for you. In many cases, a dental implant is the best choice for someone who wants a long-lasting, worry-free solution. Dental implants have the highest success rate and patient satisfaction compared with any other type of dental treatment. Dental implants give patients the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth with the ability to eat, drink, speak and smile confidently and without any restrictions.
How long does a dental implant last?
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your dental implant to last a lifetime.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, Dr. Hess offers dental implants in his Charlotte, NC and Monroe, NC area cosmetic dentist office. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Hess to discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.
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