Dental Implants − Greenville SC
Greenville SC Dentist, Wm. Chad Colson, DMD, FAGD and Jill W. Colson, DMD, FAGD, place Dental Implants as a foundation for replacement teeth. Greenville Office Phone Number 864-271-6705
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Jill Colson and Dr. Chad Colson. Your questions and concerns are important to us, and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Prior to placement, a cone beam CT (3D X-ray) will be made in order to have a 360 degree view of the area. This eliminates the “guesswork” from two-dimensional radiographs and allows Dr. Colson to plan the implant placement from the crown down to the bone in virtual reality; a surgical stent is then fabricated and utilized during the surgical procedure to place the dental implant with unparalleled precision.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. During the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. It is best to avoid function or chewing in the vicinity of the implant surgery whilst the bone forms around the implant. Depending on your needs, a temporary tooth replacement may be an option for you during the healing phase.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the implant will be uncovered and a small healing collar will be attached to form the gum tissue for the eventual crown or prosthesis. Dr. Jill Colson and Dr. Chad Colson can then start making your new teeth. At this point, the implant is treated much like a tooth to have the final restoration or prosthesis fabricated. The entire procedure may take up to six or eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life whilst healing.