Dental Implant FAQs Monroe, NC

Does a missing tooth need to be replaced?

Yes, it is very important to replace your missing tooth as soon as possible. Missing teeth can negatively impact your oral health and even create more issues. Once the tooth root is gone, your jaw bone will begin to deteriorate. A void in your smile can also lead to your teeth shifting, gum disease, or gum recession. Dr. Leonard Hess, a Monroe NC implant dentist, will recommend dental implants to his patients suffering from missing or damaged teeth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is actually to a small, titanium surgical fixture that is threaded and resembles a screw. This fixture is surgically implanted into a patient’s jaw bone in the location where a new tooth is needed. It will fuse with the jaw bone over a period of time, about three to six months. This process of fusion between the implant and the jaw bone is known as osseointegration. The implant will actually replace the tooth root which will stimulate the bone and prevent bone loss. This is the only dental restoration available that will mimic a natural tooth root.

What types of dental implants do you offer?

There are many different types of dental implants. Dr. Hess will place an implant-supported dental crown if you are only missing one tooth. For several consecutive missing teeth, we will place an implant-supported dental bridge. Patients with many missing teeth or even those who are missing all of their teeth can get implant-supported dentures.

Will dental implants work for me?

Dental implants are for people of all ages with missing teeth except children whose mouth and teeth have not fully developed. You should be in good overall and oral health. It is important for you to have healthy gums and be free of periodontal disease. Lastly, adequate bone in your jaw is required to support the implant. If those standards are met, then you will be a good candidate for dental implants and will benefit from them.

Will my new teeth look natural?

With the latest advancements in dental technology, restorations are more life-like than ever before. The dental restorations are custom made in a dental laboratory for a perfect fit. They will be colored matched to blend in with the rest of your smile. We use custom dental crowns, dental bridges and dentures that are supported by dental implants to restores our patients dental health. Implants are the most comfortable missing teeth option that will look and feel just like your natural teeth.

How long is the dental implant process?

The dental implant process can take up to nine months. It will involve a consultation and exam, a minor surgery, and healing time before the final restoration can be placed. Other teeth replacement options can be placed much faster but it’s important to remember that implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. The length of your treatment will also depend on many factors such as the number of missing teeth you have, the location of the missing teeth, and if you require any pre-treatments such as gum disease therapy.

How strong are dental implants?

Dental implants are extremely durable and sturdy. The post that will hold the replacement tooth is surgically implanted and will fuse with your jawbone for a sturdy bond. The restoration attached to the titanium post will not wiggle, shift or move. You can enjoy a normal healthy diet without restrictions. Dental implants are decay resistant unlike your natural teeth. If you follow healthy oral hygiene habits and visit our Monroe dentist office at least twice a year, your dental implants can last a lifetime.