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Dental Implants

Missing teeth can take a toll on your confidence as well as your oral health. Left untreated, these gaps can lead to other serious concerns.

At Cary Prosthodontics in Cary, NC, our doctors offer dental implants to replace the entire tooth structure for unrivaled benefits.

So why should you opt for implants?

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Dental Implants Offer  a Long-Lasting Solution to Tooth Loss

A Lifetime of Benefits

Dental implants are crafted with biocompatible titanium which, with proper care, can last 40 years or more. For many patients, implants can provide lifelong results.

Improved Jaw Health

After tooth loss, the jawbone begins to shrink, which can affect the stability of your smile. However, implants replace both a tooth and its roots, making them the only solution that can prevent bone atrophy.

Restored Function and Health

Restorations supported by dental implants stay firmly in place. This enhanced stability means you can enjoy all of your favorite foods and speak with complete clarity, even if you wear dentures.

Replacing Natural Teeth  with Implants Can Protect Your Jawbone

Tooth roots play a crucial role in the health of your jaw as well as the stability of your teeth. These roots stimulate nerves in the jaw which signal to the brain that resources are needed in a certain area. When the stimulation is lost, the jaw begins to shrink or atrophy. Over time, this condition can affect the stability of remaining teeth and even change the dimensions of your face. 

An implant-supported restoration replaces the entire tooth, from root to crown. In doing so, this treatment can provide the same jaw stimulation a natural tooth would, preventing further jawbone atrophy

Investing in Implants Upfront  Can Save You Money in the Future

Traditional bridges and removable dentures are a commonly used and affordable option for addressing tooth loss. However, these types of restorations cannot stop jawbone recession. Conventional dentures will need frequent relines and adjustments, while traditional bridges typically require replacement over time.

In contrast, dental implants maintain the shape and size of your jaw, meaning fewer adjustments and a reduced chance of additional oral health issues.

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Personalized Care Using State-of-the-Art Technology

Our dental practice is equipped with cutting-edge tools that allow us to more precisely plan your dental implant treatment. Our in-office technology includes:

We also use all-digital software to create natural-looking crowns, bridges, and dentures that fit comfortably and provide long-term benefits. Our Cary practice is also equipped with an on-site milling unit that can create durable, lifelike zirconia restorations.

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Preparing Your Smile for Surgery

If our scans reveal that you have some degree of bone loss, you may need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift a few months before your dental implant placement. 

In the weeks before your dental implant surgery, you should maintain good overall health and stop smoking, which can increase your risk of complications during your surgery and recovery. 

If you are receiving sedation during your procedure, you will also need to have a trusted friend or loved one drive you home from our dental office. Our team in Cary will provide detailed pre-operative instructions, which may include fasting, refraining from taking certain medications, and other important measures to ensure you have a safe surgery.

Your Initial Surgery: 4 Simple Steps

Every smile is different, and so is every initial dental implant procedure. However, here is what you can generally expect on the day of your dental implant placement at our Cary office:
The length of your surgery will depend on how many implants you are receiving.

Day of Surgery

The length of your surgery will depend on how many implants you are receiving.

Preparation

Dr. Kofford or Dr. Lim will numb the treatment area and provide additional sedation if necessary.

Incisions

One of our dentists will then create incisions in the pre-determined areas where the implants will be the most successful. 

Placement

He will then precisely place the implants directly in the jawbone.

Sutures

When all implants are in place, Dr. Kofford or Dr. Lim will suture the incisions. Once the implants have fully integrated with the bone (usually within three to six months), we can place your restorations.
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Cary Prosthodontics

Cary Prosthodontics was founded in 1991 to provide the finest care to the residents of the community of Cary, NC. Our compassionate and caring prosthodontists are members of a number of professional associations, including:

  • American College of Prosthodontics (ACP)
  • Academy of Osseointegration (AO)
  • International Team for Implantology (ITI)

For more information about our services, contact our practice online or call (919) 276-0555 to speak to a member of our team today.

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