FAQs About Dental Implants
What's the most successful tooth replacement available today? By far, it's the dental implant. Surgically placed in-office by Dr. Geetha Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, dental implants mimic real teeth in appearance and function. Plus, they improve jaw bone density and size, a wonderful therapeutic benefit.
Frequently asked questions about dental implants
What does a dental implant look like?
A dental implant is a titanium screw or cylinder which your dentist inserts into the jaw bone. The implant replaces your natural tooth root and actually bonds with the bone through something called osseointegration. On this firm foundation, your Dr. Sripathi attaches a metal abutment, or post, and a custom-crafted porcelain crown.
Why is a dental implant superior to a bridge or partial denture?
A dental implant is the only tooth replacement which replaces a missing tooth from the root on up. It improves bone size, shape and strength every time you bite and chew on it. Dental implants stay in place for years, and they need no denture adhesive or clasps to anchor them.
Do I need to see a specialist for my procedure?
Dr. Sripathi performs the entire implant treatment--from initial examination and X-rays to implant placement and restoration--at Elite Smiles in Morrisville. She uses multiple dental implants for patients requiring more extensive tooth replacement.
Is the implant surgery comfortable?
Locally-injected numbing medication takes care of any discomfort during the procedure. Afterwards, you may need over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen at home for a few days to resolve minor residual soreness.
How do I know dental implants are right for my situation?
Dr. Sripathi meticulously evaluates her patients to determine if dental implants are the proper tooth replacements for their individual needs and preferences. Special three-dimensional imaging shows her if you have adequate bone structure to support implants. Also, the dentist reviews your medical history. Most teens and adults are healthy enough for dental implants. However, diabetes, immune deficiencies, cancer treatment, alcohol abuse and pregnancy often prohibit or postpone implant placement.
How long do dental implants last?
The American College of Prosthodontists reports that dental implants last a lifetime when you brush and floss them carefully and see your dentist for routine cleanings and check-ups. Success rates for implant procedures are up to 95 percent.
Find out more about dental implants
Fill those smile gaps, improve bone health and bite, and chew and smile with confidence. Call today for a friendly implant consultation with Dr. Geetha Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC, at (919) 388-0137.