Dental Implants in Charlotte, NC
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
What sets us apart…
There are many options when it comes to implant placement. Nowadays there are more dentists and surgeons who place dental implants than there were a decade ago. There are many implant lines and many different techniques. But what sets us apart is our approach to this treatment.
We use our state of the art, digital 3D X-ray machine to take a quick picture of your jaws. This x-ray helps us identify and locate the important landmarks in your jaws such as nerves, sinuses and exact location of all the teeth in the jaw. Next we take a digital impression of your teeth and match that to our 3D x-ray. Then, Dr. Jalali digitally plans your surgery with the most accurate implant software and fabricate a surgical guide. Using that guide Dr. Jalali, is able to place your implant(s), in the most perfect place in your jaw without compromising the implants stability, important nerves, and your other teeth.
This makes both the surgery and the restoration part much, much more predicable. These guided surgeries (all done in our office), much more successful than only placing the implant based on regular (non 3D) x-rays, or just eye balling for the best location to place the implant. We also use a 3D printer to print our surgical guides right here in our office. Feel free to ask Dr. Jalali to show you the process at your next visit. You will be amazed!
These photos are from our patient and all the work from placement of the implant and the crown and veneer were done in our office by Dr. Jalali.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Jalali can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. While sometimes the entire procedure usually takes a few months, most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Jalali. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.