What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Introduction

If you need a tooth replacement, Dr. Kevin Hogan at Smiles by Hogan is an excellent option for dental implants in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

It is vital to address missing teeth because leaving them untreated can affect not only your smile but your overall oral health.

Dental implants are more permanent than alternative procedures like dentures or bridges and are often the best choice for your long-term oral health. They are the closest alternative to your natural teeth and give you the ability to smile, eat, and speak naturally. It also supports your jawbone and surrounding tissue preventing bone deterioration and issues like gum disease and infections. Here’s are the basics you need to know about dental implants.

Key Points

  • Modern advances in dental implants are providing patients with a permanent solution to tooth loss.
  • Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or all your existing teeth.
  • Dental implants can also be used to support dentures in the upper or lower arch.
  • Dental implants return the function of biting or chewing food and improve the look of your smile.
  • Taking care of your dental implants by practicing good dental hygiene will ensure your implants last for decades.
What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants use the latest technology to create an artificial tooth anchored in the jawbone with a titanium post. When Dr. Hogan installs a dental implant, it includes a titanium post that fuses with your jawbone and serves as an anchor to the crown attachment.The new root creates a permanent and sturdy solution comparable to natural root in both form and function.

Alternative procedures such as dentures and bridges do not provide support for the jawbone and surrounding tissue. The missing root often encourages negative activity like bone degeneration, gum disease, and infections that compromise your oral health.

How Are Dental Implants Installed?

Dental implant surgery is a multistep process that begins with an evaluation. Once Dr. Hogan determines you are a good candidate, he will complete any necessary testing and imagery.Pre-surgery procedures could include tooth extraction or bone grafts to strengthen the jawbone.

The first step is installing the titanium post that serves as an anchor for the new tooth. Typically, the in-office process requires a local anesthetic and a healing period to allow the new post to fuse with the jawbone, creating a permanent root.

Next, Dr. Hogan attaches a custom abutment and crown to the anchor, creating a natural-looking tooth.The process establishes a stable and secure tooth with a natural fit. It is also color-matched with your remaining teeth, making it indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Follow-up Care After Dental Implant Surgery

Taking care of your teeth is vital to ensure it will be a lasting solution. Dr. Hogan will discuss aftercare, which includes such as daily activities as brushing and flossing to maintain your oral health.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are incredibly durable, preserve facial aesthetics by preventing further bone loss in your jaw and return the function of chewing and speaking normally.  The proper care and maintenance of dental implants is not different from your normal oral hygiene routine, and with when properly cared for, dental implants can provide decades of function and cosmetic benefit.

Call for an Appointment

If you are ready to explore ways to rejuvenate your smile, or you just need a cleaning and x-rays, call today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kevin Hogan graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has over 40 years of experience. He completed continuing education at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry center. He has also finished extensive coursework with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and lectured at both North Carolina and Emory University.

He is known for his artistic skill, professionalism, and ability to find the right solution for an array of dental challenges. Dr. Kevin Hogan is a cosmetic and restorative dentist serving patients in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and the greater Charleston, SC areas.

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