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Dental Implants — Greensboro, NC

The Foundation of a Better Smile

When you’re forced to live without your teeth, the harsh realities of the situation are quickly realized. Where you once ate freely without any reservations, you now have to be methodical and calculated with every morsel of food you bite into. In addition, not having a full set of teeth doesn’t bode well for your self-esteem. As a solution-oriented dentist, Dr. Fisher provides patients with dental implants in Greensboro to fully restore their lives to normal, allowing them to once again flourish. To take control of your destiny, contact our Greensboro office today to schedule an initial examination and consultation!

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Why Choose Dr. David M. Fisher, Jr. For Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Diagram of how dental implants work in Greensboro

Dental implants are clearly the best solution for tooth loss because they replace not only the visible crown portion of the tooth, but the underlying root as well. The implant itself is inserted directly into the jawbone and later topped with a crown to make it look and function just like a natural tooth. Your implant will stimulate your jawbone in a way that crowns, bridges, or dentures alone simply cannot. This prevents the bone from deteriorating and making your facial appearance become hunched over time. Fortunately, dental implants can easily solve this problem.

4 Step Dental Implant Process

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Unlike dentures or a dental bridge, restoring your smile with dental implants is a multistep process that spans several months. However, both patients and dentists agree that the long-term benefits are well worth the time and effort! When you come to see us, we’ll walk you through your entire treatment plan step by step. Essentially, there are four main stages of getting dental implants.

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Initial Dental Implant Consultation

After you’ve booked a consultation, Dr. Fisher will sit down with you to discuss your smile goals. He will evaluate your teeth, gums, and jawbone health to figure out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. It’s crucial that your oral health is in good condition before we place dental implants. If we determine that you don’t have enough healthy jawbone to support a dental implant right now, Dr. Fisher may recommend a bone graft first to strengthen your jawbone. After this or any other needed treatments have been conducted, your dental implant surgery can begin.

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Dental Implant Surgery

While many other dental practices need to refer their patients to an unfamiliar specialist for this step of the process, Dr. Fisher has all the training and expertise to perform every step of your dental implant treatment personally. First, he’ll make small incisions in your gums to access your jawbone. He will then create holes where the implants will be placed. Although this process sounds painful, Dr. Fisher will make sure you are nice and numb with local anesthetic, so you don’t feel a thing. We might even recommend sedation dentistry for our more anxious patients so you can receive the treatment you need without any worries. You may be sore for a few days after the surgery, but that is to be expected and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen.

Diagram of how dental implants work in Greensboro

Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment

Dental implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that blends well with the human jawbone. Over a period of three to six months, your jawbone will actually grow around the implant post until it essentially becomes a part of your own anatomy. During this time, Dr. Fisher can place a temporary crown over your implant to restore the appearance of your smile. Once your implants are fully healed and integrated with your jawbone, we will attach abutments, or metal connectors onto which we can place permanent restorations, like crowns, bridges, or dentures.

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Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

After your implants have healed and your abutments are placed, you’re ready to receive your custom-made implant restorations. Depending on the number of teeth you’re missing, we will suggest either a crown, a bridge, or dentures. Your restoration will be crafted by a team of experts who will make sure it seamlessly blends in with the rest of your smile. While the dental implant process in Greensboro seems long, it’s well worth it for a completely beautiful and functional smile that can last a lifetime.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Living without a full set of teeth not only interrupts your normal habits, but it also can lead to your remaining teeth shifting. This is because they rely on a system of shared tension to maintain their position. Therefore, if even one tooth remains missing for too long, there can be jawbone degeneration, malocclusion (bite issues), gum infection and jaw pain.

Thankfully, these problems can be prevented by placing a titanium dental implant post into the jaw, which mimics the original tooth root in function and strength. The benefits don’t stop there, though. Here are some other advantages of receiving dental implants:

Although it may have seemed like you were doomed to live with the inconveniences associated with having missing teeth, you now have a clear route to recovery.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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No matter how many teeth you’re missing, we can help you complete your smile with dental implants. During your consultation at our Greensboro office, Dr. Fisher will carefully examine your mouth, gums, and any remaining teeth to evaluate your oral health. From there, he will fully explain all of your options as well his recommendations.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Not every patient who visits our office for dental implants is an ideal candidate for the procedure right from the get-go. In fact, many of our patients need preparatory procedures to help restore the structure and health of their mouths to ensure that their implants last as long as possible. With that in mind, here are some qualities that an ideal candidate would have:

  • Sufficient jawbone density.
  • Good oral health.
  • Are free from autoimmune disease.
  • Don’t excessively drink alcohol or use tobacco.

If you don’t quite possess these qualities yet, Dr. Fisher will work with you to develop a plan so you can. All you need to do is schedule an initial consultation with him.

Dental implants can solve any type of tooth loss, including:

Missing 1 Tooth

For one missing tooth, we’ll likely suggest getting a single dental implant to replace it. The titanium post will act to replace the root of your missing tooth, and a customized dental crown will be placed on top.

Missing Multiple Teeth

For consecutive missing teeth in a row, a bridge can be attached to two or more implants to replace them. Unlike a traditional dental bridge, your existing teeth won’t need to be altered in order to secure it, keeping your healthy pearly whites untouched.

Missing All Teeth

When you’re missing all of your teeth along an arch of your mouth, it may require the placement of four to eight dental implants to hold a complete denture. They will provide you with additional support, making it easier to chew and speak again.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Depending on your unique needs, the cost of dental implants in Greensboro can vary greatly. After examining your mouth and assessing your needs, Dr. Fisher will walk you through a completely customized treatment plan and personalized estimate of costs that will help solve your oral health concerns. He’ll also outline other factors that will influence the price of your treatment, including how many implants you need, what type of restoration would be best for your mouth, and how long each part of the procedure will take. To learn more about the details of your tooth-replacement treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fisher today by contacting our office!

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Types of Dental Implants

A primary factor that will determine the cost of your implant procedure is how many implants you’ll need as well as the type of final restoration. For example, it will cost less to retore a single tooth with one dental implant post, abutment, and small crown than replacing many teeth with several implant posts and a larger implant denture. However, having an implant denture with four to eight dental implants is much more cost effective than replacing each missing tooth with an individual restoration.

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The Stages of Dental Implant Treatment

There are several stages of the dental implant procedure, which Dr. Fisher will walk you through during your initial consultation. Because everything takes place over the course of several appointments, you’ll be able to pay for them separately, breaking up the cost and making it manageable if you’re on a budget. Generally, you can expect the cost of your treatment to include:

  • Preliminary treatments such as bone grafting or periodontal therapy
  • Dental implant placement surgery and any anesthesia or sedation used.
  • Abutment (connector piece) and the surgery to place it.
  • Number of dental implant posts needed.
  • Final restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

Yes! Dental implants are well worth the investment. They offer countless unique benefits to your everyday life that make them priceless. While there are additional tooth-replacement options available, none of them offer the stability, strength, and longevity of dental implants. Plus, because they’re easy to maintain, you won’t have to worry about discomfort, oral sores, or developing oral health problems. Since they replace the entire structure of your missing teeth, they’ll feel and look completely natural, boosting your confidence when you talk or eat.

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Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Even though most dental insurance plans don’t cover the cost of dental implants, they may cover other portions of the treatment, which is why it’s always worthwhile to check. Depending on your individual benefits, they may cover a portion or all of the cost of anesthesia, your custom restoration, or the initial consultation. If you need help getting in touch with your insurance, our team would be more than happy to help.

Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

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Since the jawbone will usually start to lose its density once your teeth are gone, there’s a good chance that you’ll lack the bone height necessary to receive dental implants at first. However, you might still be a candidate for the procedure after receiving a bone graft or a sinus lift. Both surgeries involve transplanting new bone tissue to your jaw and encouraging it to heal and rebuild itself. A sinus lift is specifically performed on the upper jaw and can also move the sinuses so that they don’t get in the way during implant post placement.

Patient and dentist discuss advanced dental implant procedures in Greensboro

Bone Grafting

The jawbone relies on the pressure and chewing stimulation provided by your teeth to remain strong. Once you’ve suffered tooth loss, the unused portion of the bone will start to break down, much like how an unused muscle will atrophy. This is a problem when getting dental implants because there needs to be enough bone to support the posts.

That is where bone grafting comes in. During the procedure, replacement bone tissue is transplanted to your jaw, which in turn encourages your body to start creating new bone tissue. This effectively reverses the damage caused by bone loss. The replacement tissue often comes from elsewhere in your body (likely the hip or the back of the jaw), though it may also be provided by a human or animal donor.

The bone grafting surgery can take about 45 to 90 minutes. Your mouth will need time to heal after bone grafting before the dental implant surgery can be performed. This process can take anywhere from 3 months to a year, depending on the patient and the extent of the damage. There are situations where only a small amount of grafting is required, and you might be able to receive dental implants on the same day in those cases.

X-Ray after bone grafting in Greensboro

Sinus Lifts

Sinus lifts are only used for the upper jaw. Like bone grafting, it can be used to replace bone height that was lost due to missing teeth. It may also be necessary to move your sinuses if they’re too close to the jaw for dental implants to be placed. (The shape and size of the sinus is different for everybody, and it tends to get larger as you age; that is why it may or may not be an issue for certain patients.) This procedure has become more common in recent years, in part thanks to the growing popularity of dental implants.

During the procedure, a small incision is made where the teeth used to be. A window is then made in the bone, exposing the membrane between the sinus and the jaw. The membrane is pushed up and away, and grafting material is placed in the empty space. It normally takes about 4 to 9 months for the grafted material to fully mesh with the bone. Dental implant surgery can proceed after recovery is complete and the proper level of bone density has been restored.

Dental Implant FAQs

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Do you still have unanswered questions about dental implants in Greensboro? With so many tooth replacement options available, it can be overwhelming making the decision that implants are the right choice for you. Our team of dental professionals is here to help by answering a few common questions we receive from patients who are considering this modern restorative procedure to complete their smile.

Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?

Patients who want to replace their missing teeth in Greensboro but who are iffy about how painful the procedure will be won’t have to worry when they visit our office. Dr. Fisher uses every technique available to him to make sure that his patients’ dental implant surgery is pain-free. The first thing he will do is numb the area he’ll be operating on with local anesthetic. If you’re still anxious about the thought of having your implants placed, we also provide sedation dentistry so you can arrive to our office feeling relaxed and completely comfortable.

What Is the Recovery Process Like After Dental Implant Surgery?

The recovery process of your dental implant surgery largely depends on a couple of factors, including how many dental implants you need placed and where they’re located in your mouth. If you only need one implant, the surgery will be less intensive and you should be able to make a quick recovery, getting back to your daily routine within a day. However, if you need multiple implants, you may require a couple of days of rest while your gums heal. You can speed this process up by following Dr. Fisher’s aftercare instructions, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating a soft diet.

How Long Will It Be Before My Permanent Replacement Teeth Are Placed?

Every patients’ dental implant procedure varies depending on several factors that can either shorten or lengthen the treatment process. However, most patients don’t have their permanent replacement teeth placed until several months after their implant surgery. This is due to the fact that there is a long healing period required before you can have your abutments placed. During this time, your implants will naturally fuse with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration, which provides your restorations with strength, support, and stability. Although this procedure requires an investment in your time, patients and professionals agree that it’s well worth it.

Can Dental Implants Fail?

Dental implants boast an astonishing success rate of over 95%, ever 10 years after they’ve been placed! This is largely thanks to their secure position in your jawbone. However, there is sill a remote chance for dental implant failure due to:

  • Injury: If you play sports, make sure your dental implant is fully protected with the help of a custom-made sports mouthguard.
  • Bad chewing habits: Chewing on hard objects like pen caps, ice, or your fingernails and using your teeth as tools to open packages or bottles can potentially damage your restoration and loosen your implant.
  • Poor oral hygiene: Regular brushing and flossing is essential for keeping your gums and the connective tissues that help hold your dental implant in place healthy and strong.
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco: Tobacco slows down your healing process, damages your oral soft tissues, and puts you at a much higher risk of gum disease, oral cancer, and other issues that could cause your implant to fail.

Dental Implant Aftercare

Smiling, happy couple with dental implants in Greensboro

Whether you just got dental implants in Greensboro or you’re about to have your surgery, aftercare is an important part of the process. Dental implants have a success rate of about 95%, and while failure occurs in a small number of cases, it will typically happen during the recovery time. That’s why it’s important to follow our aftercare steps closely! Keep reading to learn more about the aftercare of your dental implants. 

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How to Keep Your Mouth & Dental Implant Clean

To ensure that you have a successful and smooth recovery, it’s important to follow these aftercare tips:

  • Maintain brushing and flossing but be sure to avoid the implant site for the first few days. Then, you can begin to clean the area gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • To speed up the healing process, you can mix a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of salt to use as a mouthwash. However, test the temperature of the water before putting it in your mouth. Repeat this process as much as you can to help the implant site recover.
  • When eating, try to chew on the other side of your mouth for as long as possible after surgery. Additionally, rinse out your mouth after every time you eat to keep the area clean and unaffected.
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What Should I Avoid After Getting Dental Implants?

After your dental implants have been placed, there are a few factors that can interrupt the healing process. Once you’ve received dental implants, you should avoid:

  • The use of tobacco products until the site is completely healed
  • Eating until the local anesthetic has worn off
  • Drinking or eating hot items during the first day
  • Swilling liquid over the implant site during the first day
  • Touching the site with your tongue or fingers
  • Involved exercise during the first 48 hours
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Will There Be Pain After Getting My Dental Implant?

Because we ensure that our patients are numb and comfortable during the procedure, the only discomfort you will feel may be after the surgery is over. It’s completely normal to feel slight soreness, but this can be managed with painkillers that we prescribe. These should be taken during the first 2 days of recovery and then you use over-the-counter medication afterward. If you can take the first dose of painkillers before the anesthetic has worn off, then you can have a much more enjoyable recovery.

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