Dental implants are a popular solution that provides health, aesthetic, and functional benefits. At Charleston Oral & Facial Surgery, we can help you in your dental implant decision: while there are many types of dental implant procedures, such as Teeth in an Hour and All-On-Four, knowing the overall process and the differentiation of each can help you decide if dental implants are the right choice for you.
Dental implants replace a missing tooth or teeth with a prosthesis. The procedure is simple and effective: first, a titanium implant is inserted into the jawbone, which will fuse with your natural bone over time to create a secure foundation for the abutment and crown. Next, an abutment is attached, which functions as an anchor between the crown and the implant. Finally, the crown, which looks like a natural tooth, is placed on top of the abutment. The end result is natural and secure.
One of our many specialties at Charleston Oral & Facial Surgery is dental implants: we strive to minimize patient discomfort, number of visits to the dentist, cost to the patient, and more. Our patients are pleased when they hear that waiting time is minimal: we can perform Teeth in an Hour, which provides our patients who are missing or who have several non-restorable teeth with a new smile in –you guessed it— as little as an hour. We can also replace any single tooth with an implant at the initial visit and permanently set the crown in about 6 weeks, which significantly reduces the period of time without a tooth. Charleston Oral & Facial Surgery can even perform immediate temporaries and can improve the uncomfortable, unstable feeling of dentures many patients experience by using dental implants to secure them in.
We also perform the All-On-Four technique, which is a type of dental implant procedure that is ideal for those who have multiple teeth issues. It is a popular solution that provides quick, long-term results for an entire set of teeth. Unlike a single dental implant, which replaces each individual tooth and tooth root, All-On-Four replaces all of your upper or lower teeth in a single arch. With a short surgical procedure and a minimal recovery period, many of our All-On-Four patients are happy with their secure, natural looking, permanent results.
Drs. Strauss, Sarathy and Oliphant can best determine if dental implants are the right choice for you, and can recommend the most effective procedure to suit your personal dental implant needs. Please contact our office today to schedule your consultation.