Emily E. Hall D.D.S., M.P.H., P.A.

Periodontist

Waynesville, NC

828.456.9897

Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

 
 
 
 

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.

Dr. Hall has received extensive training in Implantology. He has been successfully placing implants since 1996. Through continuing education, Dr. Hall is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry.

Evaluation

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your doctor will address your specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

We will also discuss fees and insurance at this time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Procedures

Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are attached to the implant to provide stable anchors in the gums for replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person and is based on a variety of factors that include hardness of bone. In some cases, implants may be restored immediately after they are placed.

For the first six to twelve weeks following surgery, the implants are gradually bonding with the jawbone. Dr. Hall uses the Straumann SLActive implant which allows for shorter healing times in most cases and also in most cases only requires a single surgery eliminating a second surgical procedure often done with some implant systems. Longer healing times may be required if bone grafting or sinus lift procedures are done at the same time as implant placement. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture that will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

Dental Implant Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

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After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the restorative phase begins.  Your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes 10-weeks to eight months depending on the amount and quality of bone present at time of implant placement. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

Dental Implant Before Dental Implant After
Dental Impant X-Ray
   
Dental Implant Before Dental Implant After
Dental Implant X-Ray Before Dental Implant X-Ray After
Mandibular overdenture retained by 4 implants.