Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? Do you wish to restore your smile? Dr. Derek C. Barnes may recommend dental implants in Charlotte, North Carolina. A dental implant is made up of a titanium implant post and a dental restoration. The implant post is surgically placed in your jawbone by our dentist, where it acts as replacement tooth roots. The dental restoration, which can be a dental crown, dental bridge, or dentures, is attached to the implant post. Dental implants are very durable, lasting many years or even a lifetime.
To place a dental implant, our dentist will first surgically place the implant post into the bone socket of your missing tooth. During the healing process, which can take about six to twelve weeks, your jawbone will grow around the implant post. This makes the dental implant a permanent part of your smile. A small connector post called an abutment is attached to the implant post. Impressions are then taken of your teeth so your dental restoration can be constructed. When the restoration is complete, it is connected to the abutment.
We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.