Have you experienced tooth loss because of serious tooth decay, advanced periodontal disease, or dental trauma? If you have lost one or more teeth, no matter the reason, dental implants may be a good choice for replacing your teeth and restoring your smile. A dental implant is a small, screw-like post that is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. Because dental implants in Durham, North Carolina, are generally made of biocompatible titanium, your jawbone is able to bond with the implant for a lasting, stable restoration. After a period of healing, which usually lasts a few months, our dentist will place the dental implant restoration on top of the implant post. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, as well as which teeth are missing, your implant restoration may be a dental bridge, a crown, a partial denture, or a complete denture.
Dr. Ellis K. List often recommends dental implants as a tooth replacement because they function, feel, and look very similar to your natural teeth. With the post and restoration combined, the dental implant replaces both the root and crown of the missing tooth. With proper dental hygiene and care, your implant can last a lifetime. We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more about implant dentistry. We are eager to restore your smile to its full potential!