The replacement of missing teeth has been an important facet of modern dentistry. Developing more life-like and stable treatment options has remained an important focus of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Implant dentistry now offers patients tooth replacement that is both highly functional, natural looking and addresses key problems associated with tooth loss. One of these concerns is the subsequent loss of bone in the jaw where the natural tooth root used to be, leading to additional dental health issues and bite problems.
Dental implants address this issue, offering patients who have lost one or more teeth a “replacement in kind”: a prosthetic tooth that is anchored into the jaw bone with a tiny titanium post that mimics the tooth root. The tiny post implanted acts much like a natural tooth root, which helps to generate natural bone growth to support the tooth structure. A dental implant not only provides patients with a secure, natural looking and functioning tooth, but it can also help to reduce further bone loss and support long-term dental health.
Dental implants can be used to secure bridges and dentures when a patient has either multiple missing teeth to replace or wishes to fix the problem of ill-fitting dentures. Strategically placed implants will serve to support the denture and also help to maintain sufficient bone retention and growth for better long-term oral health.
Tarheel Family Dentistry offers implant dentistry in Chapel Hill for patients with missing teeth. Dr. Sarah Cook works individually with patients to create a customized treatment plan for their unique dental health needs and budget. He will coordinate the surgical phase of your process and follow up with you to monitor healing and place the final restoration. A dental implant or implant denture will offer the most stable, permanent result possible and give you back the ability to eat and speak with confidence.