Using dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth for Cary, NC area patients
Patients in the Cary, NC area who are missing teeth need to speak to a dental provider about the replacement of these teeth to maintain appearance, function, and health of the smile. Dr. Carl McMillan and the team at Holistic Dental Centers are here to help individuals find the solution that best meets their needs. Dental implants are a popular option and continue to be recommended for patients in a variety of situations.
What are dental implants?
Dr. Carl McMillan describes the dental implant as a restoration that is used to replace one or more teeth using the bone of the jaw as the foundation. This small, titanium metal post can be used in many different ways to replace one or more teeth. The implant is placed during oral surgery into the jaw bone and can last a lifetime with proper care. Even though these restorations cost more than alternatives such as partial dentures or dental bridges, they ensure long-lasting results.
How is a dental implant used?
There are various ways in which implants are utilized. Dental implants can be restored using the following options:
- Dental crown. The loss of a single tooth is restored using a dental implant and the placement of a dental crown over the abutment. This restores the function of the smile and also fills the gap left behind from the missing tooth.
- Dental bridge. A dental bridge requires the patient to have adjacent teeth to support it. If there are no surrounding teeth, one or two dental implants can be placed to offer an anchor for the placement of a dental bridge.
- Patients missing all the teeth in the dental arch can use a conservative denture along with several dental implants to restore function. These dentures do not require dental adhesives; instead, they snap into place with dental implants. This option is commonly referred to as “implant-retained dentures.”
Call Dr. Carl McMillan to learn more about dental implants
If you are intrigued at the idea of placing one or more dental implants in your smile to enhance your appearance and restore proper function, now is the time to connect with the team at Holistic Dental Centers in Cary, NC. Our practice is located in Suite #206 at 1110 SE Cary Parkway, with another location in the Cornelius, NC area. Call (704) 765-3150 to schedule an appointment.