Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

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“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Beall, Dr. Blanton, and Dr. Marvil are able to place single-stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an qualified oral surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Beall, Dr. Blanton, and Dr. Marvil can all perform the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist, Dr. Beall, Dr. Christopher, or Dr. Borden, fit and make the permanent prosthesis; they will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Patient Reviews: Dental Implants

This section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your implant dentistry experience with this practice. Call our office if you would like more information: James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry Phone Number 843-795-1111.

James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry

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The entire team holds patient-care as their #1 priority. Dr. Marvil outperforms and always makes you feel comfortable. Wouldn't think about going anywhere else!

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I am glad to get to know and found your practice. As a new comer who has had very attentive, helpful doctors, I have fear that I may not be able to find friendly doctors in this Low Country. I was wrong. That is good for me.

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I am looking forward to working with this Dr, and his professional staff. Having dental implants is a large commitment in time and resources. I have full faith in his ability to deliver the service I am seeking. It is a real pleasure to have met him and I look forward to our next appointment.

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I am very happy with my first consultation and happy I found someone who seems to care about their patients.

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