Here at Providence Smiles, we are well trained in providing patients with dental implants to help them restore and perfect their smiles. If you are curious to learn more about dental implants in Durham, North Carolina, please feel free to contact us at 919-682-4861 and set up a visit with our dentist, Dr. Kwame Gyampo!

The Whole Tooth

Dental implants replace your entire tooth and are considered the ideal option for replacing missing teeth. They consist of two main parts — the implant post, which replaces your tooth root, and the implant restoration, which replaces the tooth crown. Because your implant replaces the entire tooth, it will perform all the same functions as your natural tooth, including stimulating your supporting bone to keep it strong and healthy. This ensures that your teeth and implants remain stable in your mouth.

Eat, Smile, Live With Confidence

Dental implants are intended to be permanent replacements for your missing teeth. Once placed, they look, feel and function exactly like your natural teeth. When you receive implants, you can feel complete confidence when eating, speaking and smiling and can count on enjoying a healthier overall quality of life.


How do implants work?

Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that work by replacing the roots and the crowns of your teeth after they have been lost or extracted. Your implant post is made from biocompatible material that will integrate with your supporting bone and works to replace the tooth root, anchoring your new tooth or teeth to your jawbone and providing a stable foundation for your smile. Implant restorations replace the crowns of the teeth and, depending on your needs, may consist of a single crown, a dental bridge, or a complete or partial denture. Anyone who has lost a tooth or teeth is a candidate for implant dentistry, and as long as your teeth and gums are healthy you should be able to receive implants without difficulty. If you have a preexisting condition, our dentist will recommend treatment for that condition before your implants can be placed.

How long will the implant process take?

Each patient is unique, and the length of treatment varies depending on the number of teeth being replaced, whether any treatments for preexisting conditions are needed, the patient’s oral health and their medical history. Some patients can complete their implant treatment in a few appointments over the span of a couple of months, while others can take up to a year. Our dentist will examine your mouth during your initial consultation, including taking X-rays, to evaluate the condition of your mouth and provide you with an estimated treatment timeline. We will work closely with you throughout your entire treatment process to ensure that you are receiving the highest possible quality of care and that your treatment is progressing as planned.

How long will my dental implant last?

Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime when properly cared for. Because an implant is a prosthetic tooth, it requires the same care as your natural teeth, including daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental cleanings and exams. We recommend that you visit our dentist every six months to receive routine preventive care and other treatments that you may need. We also encourage you to contact us as soon as possible if you experience a dental emergency so that you can receive emergency treatment promptly and regain your oral health and smile. Please also remember that while the implant post itself may remain firmly anchored in your mouth, the restoration atop it may  need to be replaced at some point in the future if it breaks or wears out.

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