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Dental Implants

image of prosthetic dental implantThe health of your teeth and gums can directly impact your overall well-being and physical health. Missing teeth can be unsightly and affect your ability to chew, speak clearly, and can lead to bone loss and further health complications. Dental implants give people a chance to restore their smile after losing a tooth, as well as keep the rest of their teeth healthy and properly aligned.    Triangle Restoration Dentistry specializes in prosthodontics and cosmetic dentistry services ranging from dentures and dental implant treatments to crowns, bridges, veneers, and more. Our expert dentists are up to date with the latest dental trends and technologies to restore your smile and keep your teeth looking great. We take special care in matching the new crown to your existing teeth, so it appears as natural as possible.   If you would like to learn more about our dental treatment services, go online and fill out our online form or call 888.280.2678 today to schedule an appointment. 

What Are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are made of a mix of components. They consist of the implant body and abutment made of titanium, which is surgically placed into the bone of the jawline. A ceramic or metal alloy crown is affixed to the abutment and can match the color of your existing teeth.   Titanium is the preferred material for implants, as it is a lightweight material that is biocompatible, non-toxic, and can last for decades. The crown of the implant is made of your choice of material, including porcelain (lithium disilicate), zirconia, gold, silver, or other alloys. Porcelain is the more popular choice for crowns because it is metal-free and has a more natural look.   If you are thinking about getting dental implants, here are some of the reasons why you should consider investing in dental implant treatments: 
  • They can restore the ability to chew properly 
  • They improve the look of your smile 
  • They help prevent the jaw bone from shrinking 
  • They can keep your other teeth stable and aligned 
  • They can improve your overall well-being 
Triangle Restoration Dentistry provides dental implant services in the Durham area. During your initial consultation, we will thoroughly examine your teeth and create a comprehensive dental plan that addresses any problems or concerns with your oral health.  

What to Expect When Receiving Dental Implants 

Getting a dental implant is a surgical procedure and can take several months to complete fully. It can take anywhere from 3-6 months for the implant to fuse with the bone, and nothing can happen until this is complete.   If this is your first time getting a dental implant, here is what you can expect: 
  • Consultation – You will meet with a dentist to examine your teeth and determine the best restoration procedures. They will go over the whole process and work with you and your insurance to select the materials for the implant and crown.   
  • Tooth extraction – Your dental team will extract the tooth if necessary and prepare the surrounding area for implantation.  
  • Implant surgery – The next step is to drill into the jawline and insert a titanium implant. This procedure generally takes 1-2 hours and can sometimes be done on the same day as the tooth extraction.  
  • Healing time – Before moving on to the next stage, it will take 3-6 months for the bone to fuse around the implant and lock it into place.  
  • Abutment placement – Your dentist will next make an impression of the implant to fabricate and install the abutment, a small titanium connector that will attach the crown to the implant. This process only takes an hour to complete, with a healing time of around two weeks.  
  • Crown impression and placement – The final steps involve affixing the crown to the abutment. In some cases, while the crown is being made, a temporary one may be placed to prevent spreading.  
The dental implant process can take anywhere from 5 to 10 appointments, from the initial consultation to follow-up appointments. It may take a little while, but the end result will be well worth the wait.  

Choose Triangle Restoration Dentistry for Our Dental Implant Services 

What are dental implants, and why should you schedule a consultation? At Triangle Restoration Dentistry, our mission is to give you a beautiful, healthy smile you love showing off. We will answer all of your questions about dental implants and discuss all of our dental implant services so you will feel at ease while under our care.   If you would like to schedule a consultation and discuss the benefits of getting dental implants, call 888.280.2678 today or contact us online to speak with our experienced team.