Dental crowns, bridges and dentures are not the only options available to you when the need arises to replace a missing tooth or several teeth. Dental implants can create a smile that looks and feels natural.

The process begins by having an anchor placed into your jaw bone, which acts as a tooth root. Once this implant has integrated into the bone, we then at our Bluffton and Hilton Head dentistry practice will craft a natural-looking porcelain crown that is affixed to the implant.

Implants also can be useful to denture wearers. They can be placed into the jaw and dentures can be made to “snap” onto the implants. This provides a secure fit and enables denture wearers to speak, eat and laugh without fear of their dentures slipping.

To be an ideal candidate for a dental implant, you should have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. We will conduct a thorough assessment of your oral health to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.

If you have missing teeth, it is important to have them restored because they are designed to support one another. Failure to do so can cause the teeth surrounding the missing tooth to drift out of alignment or to become longer. For example, if you are missing a lower molar, the molar opposite it in your upper jaw no longer has a tooth supporting it when your mouth is closed. Consequently, that upper molar will begin to drop over time and alter your bite.

Missing teeth also cause healthy jaw bone to deteriorate over time. Dental implants restored with porcelain crowns look and function just like natural teeth and help prevent these additional oral health problems from occurring.