Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that replace missing teeth at the root. The implant consists of a titanium post, a dental crown, and a connecting abutment. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or to permanently secure dental bridges or dentures. Dr. Lauren Francis and Dr. Rawley Fuller provide the final restoration for dental implants in Hampstead, NC.
Dr. Fuller is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and Dr. Francis completed a residency program focusing on implant dentistry and oral surgery. Their experience and continual education in implant dentistry allow them to help patients restore their smiles.
At Seaside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our dental restorations help patients revitalize the look and function of their teeth and gums.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer many benefits to our patients, including:
- Improved bone and gum health
- No bone or jawbone degradation
- A restoration without dietary restrictions
- No worry of slippage
- Improved the appearance of the smile and lower face
Contact our office today if you are missing one or multiple teeth. We will help you find the best restoration for your specific oral health concerns.
Dental Implant Treatment
Dental implant treatment begins when the implant post is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Our office will coordinate with a local oral surgeon for this part of the procedure. During a 3 to 6-month period, the implant fuses with the jawbone. The period is called osseointegration and is key to a stable and healthy result.
Once the dental implant is secured, will attach a custom dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. We take each patient’s needs into account and will create a treatment plan that depends on the number of teeth they are missing. Dr. Francis or a member of her team will discuss the type of implant restoration that will work for you.
Dental Implant FAQs
Learn more about dental implant treatment below:
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Francis and he can help you determine if you are a candidate for dental implants or implant restorations. Some patients may require periodontal therapy, tooth extraction treatment, or bone grafting prior to implant surgery. These treatments are done to remove infection and ensure that there is enough bone in the mouth to support dental implants.
Can my removable bridge or denture be secured with implants?
If you have a removable dental bridge or denture but would like it to be secured with dental implants, call our office. We can help coordinate the implantation phase of treatment. If you require a new bridge or denture, we can also help create it for you. Our office works with local oral surgeons for high-quality and permanent results.
How do I clean my dental implants?
Dental implants and implant restorations can be cleaned just like natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste to brush your implants. For floss, you can use an interdental brush. These brushes can clean areas that are hard to reach with traditional floss.
Request a Dental Consultation
Are you missing a single missing tooth? Do you have a restoration that you want to secure with dental implants? Schedule an appointment with us on our website. You may also call 910-335-4392. We serve patients in Hampstead, Wilmington, and the surrounding areas.