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Single Missing Tooth - Newberry, SC

Dental Implants Transform Smiles

One Tooth Can Make a Huge Difference

When you have even one missing tooth, that often means you’re missing out on trouble-free speech, comfortable eating, and carefree smiles. Regaining a healthy tooth not only fills the gap and restores your confidence and your ability to enjoy life, but it also protects your smile from additional complications in the future. You see, the roots of your teeth are what help keep your jawbone healthy. By taking the impact of chewing and biting, your jaws remain stimulated and useful. When even one tooth is missing, the bone underneath can atrophy and begin to recede. Left untreated, this deterioration can result in further tooth loss and give your face an unnatural, prematurely aged appearance. The best way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant in Newberry, SC. Designed to look and feel like a real tooth, and made to last, dental implants replace the entire tooth from the roots up to the crown. The team here at Bela Family Dentistry has extensive experience in fixing smiles and changing lives with dental implants. In fact, you can see our work on happy faces all throughout the Newberry, SC area!

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Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

Since our jawbone continues to grow well into our late teens, most implant patients are adults. Many have suffered various dental issues over the years that have left them missing one or more teeth. If you match that description, there’s a good chance you’re a candidate for a dental implant in Newberry, SC. Depending on your current state of oral health, we may be able to provide you with an implant without the need for any services other than a consultation with exam and imaging. In some cases, we may have to perform some preliminary procedures to prepare you for dental implant placement. These include tooth extraction if your unhealthy and unsalvageable tooth is still in your mouth and bone grafting to rebuild your jawbone if it has suffered decay and isn’t currently able to sustain an implant.

3 Steps to Your Restored Smile

Step 1: Personalized Consultation

Though most patients qualify for a dental implant in Newberry, SC after some procedures, no two implant patients are alike. That’s because the condition of your mouth, your individual smile goals, and your concerns about receiving treatment are uniquely yours. We make a point to learn all of those and address each to your satisfaction during a one-on-one, in-office consultation. This is a key part of our ongoing commitment to building a real, lasting relationship with you and your family. We want you to be happy with what we do and to entrust us with your dental care for a lifetime. To help ensure your dental implant lasts that long, we take high-quality 3D images of your mouth with our low-radiation cone beam CT technology. These images give us complete insight into the state of the affected area and enable us to develop a customized treatment plan that matches both your desired results and your budget.

Step 2: Dental Implant Placement

Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure during which we insert a sturdy, screw-like and biocompatible implant post into your jawbone to act as your new tooth root. Before we start that, though, we make sure you’re comfortable and will stay as pain-free throughout the process as possible with sedation. Our treatment suites feature multiple sedation options which can be used individually or sometimes in combination with one another, including local anesthetic, oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. Dental anxiety is a common condition that keeps many patients from having important treatments done. For dental implants, patients of ours with dental anxiety issues often find IV sedation helps them overcome it. Like oral sedation, IV sedation creates a sleeplike state that lasts throughout the procedure and leaves the patient with no memory of it. After administering sedation, we perform your placement using implants from companies like BioHorizons®, Nobel Biocare, and Straumann®, which are U.S.-based manufacturers known for creating top-quality implants. Depending upon your dental health, we may be able to provide a temporary crown for you at the end of the appointment.

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Step 3: Recovery and Restoration

In the days following your implant placement you may have some minor discomfort. You should be able to manage this with over-the-counter medications; if needed, we can provide a prescription for something more powerful. While you’re healing your implant post will actually be fusing with the jawbone in which it’s been placed, gradually becoming a permanent part of your body that will seem as if it’s always been there. This process can take a few months, but it’s crucial to the stability of your bite and the overall success of your implant procedure. After healing you’ll come back to our office to have your customized final restoration fitted. We pay special attention to the fit, comfort, and esthetics of your new tooth, making sure the size, shape, and color of the new crown blends seamlessly with your existing teeth for a harmonious smile.

Our Cost-Effective Approach

With all of their advantages, dental implants are today’s most in-demand option for tooth replacement. Nothing else can match their natural look or reliable performance. In fact, they’re the only permanent solution available to replace natural teeth. Going without them can cost you a lot in terms of your dental health, your quality of life, and your finances. With them, you can avoid additional treatment and costs. But what does a dental implant cost? As we said above, no two dental implant patients are alike. We understand that while some patients may be ready to pay up front for their new tooth, others may need a more flexible option. To make a whole, healthy smile a reality for you, we work with third-party financing companies that split your cost into affordable monthly payments with competitive interest rates. Let’s talk more about our financing options with a personalized consultation here in our office!

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