Dental Implants Cary
Any dentist will tell you that replacement of missing teeth is important for your oral health. However, not all dentists agree about the importance of the type of replacement that you choose. Holistic dentistry revolves around the principles of promoting and optimizing whole health, with a deep understanding of potentially wide-ranging long-term effects of a treatment. That is why we are proud to offer zirconium dental implants at Holistic Dental Centers of Cary and Cornelius.
How dental implants are different
Traditional dental bridges are supported by crowns, which means that the procedure requires some alteration to your remaining teeth. We take the promise to “first, do no harm” to heart. Therefore, grinding down healthy, strong teeth is not our first choice.
A full or partial denture does not require tooth alteration. However, it is supported by your gums or remaining teeth, causing undue pressure and strain on those tissues. Furthermore, traditional dentures and bridges only replace the visible parts of teeth. They do not replace the roots, which are essential for natural distribution of biting force, and for stimulating healthy bone cell regeneration.
A dental implant is the only type of restoration that replaces the tooth root. It is surgically implanted into the bone, where it serves the very same function that a tooth root does. This treatment eliminates the need for alteration of other teeth, and it transfers the biting force to the bone, just as nature intended.
Replacing teeth and restoring smiles with dental implants
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.
Why we choose zirconium
In theory, dental implants provide an ideal solution, because they allow us to recreate the natural anatomy of teeth. However, the most common type of implant material is titanium, which introduces a new set of concerns. These include electrical conductivity, corrosion, and the potential for rare metal allergies. Simply stated, many people do not want metal surgically implanted into their bodies. Additionally, the color may show through around the base of the restoration, causing an aesthetic concern.
Zirconia is comparable to titanium in strength. It also has similar osseointegration properties, which means that the bone will grow around and fuse to the implant. However, it is nonconductive, corrosion resistant, and biocompatible. Furthermore, the naturally light color of these implants ensures a beautifully white smile.
Are dental implants right for you?
Despite the many benefits of dental implants, they may not be the ideal choice for every patient. Some people are not healthy enough for a minor surgical procedure, and others prefer to avoid any kind of surgery. Every patient has unique needs. We understand that fact, which is why we offer a variety of options. Just give us a call at (919) 865-0700 (Cary) or (704) 765-3150 (Cornelius) to arrange a consultation and discover your own personal best solution.
Dr. Carl McMillan is a holistic dentist with a medical degree from the College of Dental Medicine of the Medical University of South Carolina. Due to his expertise, he was honored with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) presidency. He is compassionate towards patients and committed to providing them with safe, toxic-free dental treatments to help them maintain a happy and healthy smile.
Dr. Luis Crespo obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. An IAOMT member, he believes prevention is the best medicine and strives to educate both patients and parents on the benefits of maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit. He has served underprivileged communities across the world.
Dr. Erin Wilbanks graduated from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She is an accredited IAOMT member, is SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) certified and is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry.