When you’re missing teeth, or are about to lose teeth, your ability to enjoy everyday activities such as eating, speaking, and smiling can be severely compromised. With dental implants, our team’s highly experienced implant specialist can replace your decayed or missing teeth—one, several, or even all of them—with durable artificial teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, right here in the serene, sophisticated setting of our Bluffton, SC office. In line with the holistic philosophy of our founder, Dr. Richard Porcelli, dental implant placement is done as safely and naturally as possible.
Dental implants are replacements for your teeth roots; each one has a crown added atop it as the visible part of the tooth. We place biocompatible zirconia implant posts, which means they’re safe to use with living tissue and are well-tolerated by your body. Starting as diamond-like crystals, zirconia implants are ceramic, non-corrosive, and metal-free, making them ideal for patients with metal allergies. Once placed, dental implants undergo a natural process called osseointegration, during which they fuse with the jawbone and gums and become a permanent part of your body. Our team offers a variety of sedation options to keep you relaxed during and after placement of your dental implants. Ask for details
Dental Implants – A revolution in dentistry
You may require one or several procedures to be completed before you can receive dental implants. If you have loose teeth that need to be removed before your dental implant surgery, we can perform tooth extractions during the same visit. If you’ve suffered extreme bone loss in the implant area, we’ll need to build the bone back up through bone grafting before it will support an implant long-term. This is done by harvesting a portion of real bone from your body or from a donor and placing it in the area of bone loss. The grafted bone will osseointegrate (as above) and become a natural part of your jaw. Once these procedures are completed, you’ll be able to have your dental implants placed and start enjoying a variety of benefits:
One of three components of dental implants, the implant post acts as the foundation for your new tooth. It’s a screw-like device that’s placed beneath your jawbone and gums.
The abutment is placed atop the implant once the surgical area has healed. This connects the implant to the visible section, or crown.
The crown is the visible portion of dental implants that resembles a real tooth. With it you can chew, speak, and smile just as you would with a natural tooth.
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