Dental Implants

If you are looking for the best solution to replace missing teeth, dental implants are a great alternative to full and partial dentures. Using dental implants at Clayton Smiles, we can restore your smile and chewing function without altering the structure of other teeth and without the need for removable partials.

Dr. Kate Dolin and Dr. Adam Spriggs partner with respected specialists in our area, including oral surgeons and periodontists, to complete your dental implants.

How Does a Dental Implant Work?

An implant is a miniature titanium screw that a specialist places directly into your jawbone. Next, a healing process called osseointegration occurs where the implant screw heals and integrates with the bone, providing a stable foundation. After the implant heals, our Clayton dentists restore function and appearance with a tooth crown or an entire arch of prosthetic teeth. 

What’s Involved with Getting an Implant?

The first step for getting a tooth implant is a comprehensive exam at Clayton Smiles to determine your best treatment options. If our dentists feel you’re a good candidate, they refer you to a specialist who expertly places the implant screw into your jawbone under local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort.

Dr. Kate and Dr. Adam collaborate with the specialist to coordinate your implant placement, monitor the healing process, and ensure that the implant is stable. 

Once the implant’s established in the bone, our dentists restore it with a dental crown. If you’ve ever had a crown placed before, the process is very similar in this case. 

We take an impression of the implant, and a custom dental lab fabricates your tooth crown just for your smile. When your custom crown is finished, we attach it to the dental implant and review brushing, flossing, and general care for your new implant and crown.

Implant-Supported Dentures

If you have or plan to get removable dentures, implant-supported dentures are an excellent alternative you should consider. Implant dentures complete your smile just as removable dentures do but are significantly more stable. 

Securing dentures with dental implants also restores greater chewing function; estimates indicate that even well-fitting removable dentures restore only about 30 percent of chewing function. 

Since implant-supported dentures are much more stable than removables, and they reestablish function similar to what you would have with a full set of healthy, natural teeth. If your older dentures no longer fit well, or you want a tooth replacement that’s as close to natural teeth as possible, implant dentures could be the option you need to give you back your smile.

Schedule an Appointment to Get Started

At Clayton Smiles, our dentists offer customized tooth replacement with dental implants to restore your smile and make it easy to speak and chew with confidence. If you would like to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants, please call our Clayton, NC dental office to schedule an appointment.