Dental implants are the preferred method of tooth replacement among dentists and patients alike for their lifelike qualities, health benefits and permanent results. But like most patients considering dental implants for their smiles, you likely have questions about the process, how they work and whether they are the best option for you. Dr. Robert Carimi and our knowledgeable team are always ready to answer any questions you have about receiving dental implants in Charleston, SC. To help you gain a better understanding of dental implants in general, we have composed a list of questions and answers commonly asked by patients just like you.
Dental implants consist of a titanium screw (that acts as a tooth root) and lifelike crown, full arch or denture restorations (the portions visible in the mouth). Implants integrate with the bone to form a solid and stable connection over the course of about four to six months, after which we permanently attach the appropriate implant restoration.
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants integrate with the jaw just like tooth roots, help preserve jawbone health, and most closely replicate natural teeth in look, feel and function. Implants offer permanent, comfortable and extremely stable tooth replacement, among other life-changing benefits.
Dr. Carimi uses 3D CBCT imaging to plan the exact position of dental implants and guided implant surgery to precisely insert implants within the jaw bone. These techniques create a minimally invasive procedure, but we do offer IV sedation, complimentary nitrous oxide, and other options to ensure your total comfort during your implant visit.
Even if you have jawbone loss, you can still be a candidate for dental implants! Dr. Carimi is highly skilled at replacing lost bone and preparing the jaw for implant success with advanced bone grafting techniques.
Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth, from one to an entire arch. But just because you have multiple missing teeth does not necessarily mean you need an implant for each missing tooth. For instance, we can replace an entire arch of missing teeth with only four to six implants and the attachment of a full arch prosthetic, or two to six implants and an affixed full denture.
The cost of dental implants in Charleston, SC, varies depending on several factors, including the number of teeth to place, the need for tooth extractions or bone grafting, type of implant procedure, and overall oral health. A consultation with our team can determined what your personal implant cost might be.
In general, dental implants take about four to six months to fully heal and fuse with the bone. However, the timeframe from beginning the implant process to final restoration depends on whether you need bone grafting, other preparatory procedures and the type and number of implants your needs. As a full-service implant practice, we can complete your entire implant procedure in our comfortable state-of-the-art practice, and often perform tooth extractions and bone grafting the same-day as implant surgery.
Dental implants are cared for exactly like real teeth! Proper brushing, flossing and regular cleanings typically is all that is necessary to maintain your dental implants.
A personalized consultation with Dr. Carimi is how to begin! We take time to listen to your concerns and smile preferences, provide a thorough radiographic and clinical evaluation, and present the implant options best-suited for you. When can then get started with your tooth replacement whenever you are ready!