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By Dennis Lockney, DDS
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsWould you like tooth replacements that stay in place, improve your bone structure and look totally natural? If you qualify, you can discover the advantages of dental implants, the modern tooth replacements offered by your Concord family dentists, Dr. Dennis Lockney and Dr. Tyler Lockney. Lasting for decades, dental implants are surpassed only by healthy natural teeth. Learn more here.

The story of dental implants

They've grown in popularity over the past 30 years due to a characteristic found in no other tooth replacement. It's called osseointegration, the process whereby the titanium implant screw and the jaw bone adhere to each other. This bone-to-metal bond provides the stability of the artificial tooth. No other tooth replacement increases bone strength and size.

Because a dental implant occupies the bony socket where the natural tooth formerly resided, it looks and feels completely natural. Dental implants eliminate the slippage and oral irritations of conventional tooth replacements. Plus, they are versatile prosthetics, anchoring multi-tooth bridgework and partial and full dentures as needed.

The procedure

Once your Concord family dentist qualifies you with an oral examination, and digital X-rays, you can begin the dental implant procedure. Local anesthetic takes care of the very minor discomfort associated with:

  • Incising the gums
  • Creating an access hole
  • Screwing the titanium implant in place

Healing and osseointegration takes place over several weeks, during which time you may wear a healing cap to protect the site. At your final appointment, you'll receive a metal alloy extension and beautiful porcelain crown.

The vast majority of dental implant treatments are successful, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. In fact, the success rate is upwards of 95 percent.

Keeping your implant healthy

Because dental implants are true artificial teeth, they cannot decay. However, certain conditions can compromise underlying gum tissue and bone and thus, threaten implant retention.

For instance, poor oral hygiene and smoking create conditions perfect for an infection called peri-implantitis. It resembles advanced gum disease and is just as destructive.

In summary, keep your implants healthy and functional by:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing implant sites once a day
  • Avoiding tobacco--both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco

Be sure to keep your routine exam and cleaning appointments with Dr. Lockney, too. Preventive dental care is key to implant health.

A great smile

It can be yours when you explore the many advantages of dental implants from Dr. Dennis Lockney and Dr. Tyler Lockney in Concord, NC. Would you like to book a consultation? Then, please call us at (704) 788-4144.