Implants are prescribed to replace a missing tooth or teeth and are a more permanent solution, when appropriate, and are often a better option than bridges, partials, or dentures. The dental implant itself is a titanium or zirconia post that Dr. John McAllister surgically places in the jawbone. This post will become anchored in the surrounding bone over a four- to six-month healing period. Once this implant post is solidly anchored in the jaw, it becomes the new, stable “root” of the tooth. An artificial tooth, or crown, is then placed on this new implant and the end result is strong and stable, with the look and feel of a natural tooth. With good daily care, your dental implant can last a lifetime.
Implant dentures are a good solution for loose, ill-fitting dentures because the implants and crowns will provide a stable anchor for the dentures to attach to. This eliminates several common problems people experience with dentures, such as slipping while chewing and eating, and many patients tell us that their implant dentures feel more like their natural teeth.
If you have lost one or more teeth, we encourage you to contact us today at McAllister Dentistry to learn more about dental implants in Hickory, North Carolina. Our dentist and team are eager to restore your smile!