Dental Implants in Greenville, SC and Taylors, SC
Why Choose Dental Implants?
At Monroe Family Dentistry, Dr. John Monroe, your Greenville, SC and Taylors, SC dentist, places innovative dental implants for one or multiple teeth lost to decay, gum disease or oral injury. Preferred over traditional tooth replacement options, such as fixed bridgework anchored to neighboring teeth or partial dentures held in place by clasps, dental implants join to the patient's jaw bone for a secure, long-lasting foundation.
What is a Dental Implant Like?
An implant is a dental prosthetic. Just like a real tooth, it has a root and crown and helps retain the natural size and density of the patient's gum tissue and jaw bone. The root resembles a screw and is made from titanium, a naturally-occurring metal that encourages bonding with human bone. The bonding process is called osseointegration, and this process makes dental implants second to none in terms of longevity and function.
The dental implant holds an extension piece called an abutment and also a beautiful porcelain crown. Versatile and lifelike, dental implants can support partial or full dentures that are either removable or permanently placed.
Dental Implant Surgery
After determining that a patient has good oral and overall health and also sufficient bone to accept an implant, Dr. Monroe performs a simple in-office surgery to secure the device. Usually using just local anesthesia to numb the area, Dr. Monroe incises the gums and drills a small hole into the jaw bone at the implant site.
He screws the device in place, making it flush with the bone. He sutures the area closed and sends the patient home for a period of healing. Usually, dental implant surgery has a second stage--placement of the abutment and crown. However, sometimes the dentist places the abutment right along with the implant device. Dr. Monroe determines the kind of surgery necessary based on patient need.
Additionally, some patients require bone grafting treatment before implant placement. Use of donor bone or bone paste ensures the strength and size of the area before dental implant surgery.
The Academy of Osseointegration, made up of experts on how human bone melds with titanium implants, says that more than 90 percent of dental implant surgeries are successful. Furthermore, more than 90 percent of dental implants stay in place for decades. Contrast this with traditional dentures or bridgework which have typical lifespans of about 10 years.
5 Extraordinary Benefits of Dental Implants
Thinking about dental implants? Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of teeth. Dr. Monroe at Monroe Family Dentistry, which is located in Greenville, SC and Taylors, SC, offers a full range of dental services, including dental implants. Here are five extraordinary benefits of dental implants.
Beautify Your Smile
Missing teeth can ruin a beautiful smile. Dental implants can fill in your smile's gaps and improve your appearance. Dental implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. With dental implants, you will look and feel younger and more attractive.
Improve Oral Function
Dental implants fit, feel, and act like natural teeth. Missing teeth can make it difficult for people to pronounce certain words. Dental implants can improve your clarity of speech. Tooth loss can also make it difficult for people to chew food. With dental implants, you will experience a dramatic improvement in chewing ability.
Stop Jawbone Loss
The most common cause of jawbone loss is a missing tooth left unreplaced. Dental implants help to prevent bone loss and stimulate bone growth. Dental implants distribute chewing forces throughout the bone and minimize the wearing away of the bone.
Prevent Teeth Shifting
Although your teeth feel as if they are set in the jawbone, they are capable of drifting out of place. When people lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth begin to shift out of place. Dental implants can prevent your existing teeth from moving out of place.
Increase Your Self-Esteem
Losing a tooth can be a traumatic experience for many people. Tooth loss can lead to low self-esteem which can affect the quality of a people's lives in many different ways. Dental implants can restore your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Are you facing tooth loss or already missing teeth?
Monroe Family Dentistry offers Dental Implants to help restore your smile.
Call our Greensville, SC office (also serving patients in Taylors, SC) at (864) 268-0936 today!