Dental Implants | Hickory, North Carolina
Dental implants restore your beautiful smile.
Regain your self-confidence. Feel and look younger. Enjoy lasting oral health.
Dental implants are one of the many ways Oakwood Dental Arts gives you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Has tooth loss left you feeling embarrassed of your smile?
Do you avoid socializing with others or going after your dream job due to the state of your oral health?
Without a doubt, losing any number of teeth has a profound effect on your oral health, appearance of your smile and level of self-confidence. Tooth loss leads to serious nutritional problems, certain cancers, heart disease and obesity, among other concerns. Replacing missing teeth restores your ability to smile and chew comfortably, and prevents further health hazards that often result when tooth loss is left unaddressed. At Oakwood Dental Arts NC, we want to give you a long-lasting, beautiful smile, and dental implants in Hickory, North Carolina are just one of the many ways we accomplish this goal.
Dr. Kyle McKinney is Hickory, North Carolina’s Dental Implant Dentist
If you’re considering dental implants, you’ll find many dentists who will offer to perform the procedure. However, if you’re looking for the best possible outcome and overall experience, choose an implant expert like Dr. Kyle McKinney for your procedure. Dr. McKinney is an experienced dentist who has the relevant knowledge, training, and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the most successful, comfortable and minimally invasive treatment. This results in a faster recovery time while giving you a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Are you considering dental implants in Hickory, North Carolina?
Here is some basic information that you need to know.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are a valuable alternative to an uncomfortable prosthesis. The implants themselves are small appliances produced from titanium that serve a similar purpose to the roots of natural teeth. They are fused to the jawbone and support overdentures and dental bridges, helping them to perform as our natural teeth would. Once the implants are put in place, you’ll be able to replace anything from one tooth to a whole set with ease.
Given the numerous benefits and aesthetic qualities Dental Implants offer, they have become the preferred method of tooth replacement today.
What is the protocol for planning Dental Implants?
The initial step is to meet with Dr. McKinney for a consultation. At this consultation, the doctor and you will determine your needs, assess your oral health, review your medical history, and discuss treatment options in order to create a customized treatment plan just for you. We’ll also discuss costs, financing options if necessary, and timing.
If you decide that Dental Implants are right for you and would like to proceed, next is a pre-procedure exam with Dr. McKinney. This exam involves an X-ray or a 3D CT scan and may include taking models of your teeth to determine the ideal treatment for your condition.
Fortunately, we have this technology in our office, so you won’t have to visit another office or imaging center. This exam can usually be completed in less than an hour. Once completed, you are ready to schedule your implant placement surgery. The surgery is conveniently completed right at our facility – no need to go to the hospital or surgical center.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?
Those likely to benefit from dental implants include people who have been experiencing problems with conventional dentures or, simply, people who have lost a tooth or teeth. Dental Implants make life easier for those who have been finding it difficult to chew and enjoy meals, and they can slow down the process of tissue and bone loss in the jaw. What’s more is that implants can even provide a more youthful appearance due to the way that they will give your facial structure a lift. Furthermore, they will help you to speak more clearly.
However, for this implant procedure to work there must be enough bone in the jaw and the bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. In the past, patients who had lost too much bone in the jaw could not receive implants. Due to advances in technology, bone tissues can now be regenerated with special bone grafting technique, making successful implant placement possible in the vast majority of patients. In addition, Dr. McKinney uses 3D technology to find areas in the jaw where the bone is dense and plentiful enough to permit the placement of implants at specific angles, which often makes bone grafting unnecessary.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Benefits of Dental Implants
Strong and Stable
One of the main benefits to dental implants is that they most closely mimic natural teeth in their strength and stability. Dental implants with artificial teeth are the closest thing to regrowing your natural teeth. Since your dentist will surgically position the metal post or frame mounting the dental implant directly into the jawbone, so your replacement teeth won’t move or make clicking noises. Your replacement tooth is much more secure in your mouth than other dental options. The material of the implant is also very durable.
Dental implants have proven to be one of the most revolutionary dental innovations of the last five decades. They are the most stable and durable option for replacing missing teeth, and are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. Thanks to recent advances in this field almost everyone in need of tooth replacement is a candidate for dental implants.
A Long-Term, Cost-Effective Solution
Dental implants are built to last. While they may need occasional adjusting, they often last a lifetime. In contrast, dental bridges, another procedure to replace missing teeth, tend to only last 5-10 years at most. Because they are long-lasting, dental implants can end up costing less in the long run, depending on your situation.
Unlike a natural tooth, dental implants are made up of material that cannot decay, so while they look and feel like real teeth, you won’t have to worry about them getting cavities. Still, it is important to clean them as you would regular teeth to maintain them for the long-term. In most cases you can brush, floss and care for your replacement teeth in exactly the same way as with your natural teeth.
Keep Your Jawbone Healthy
What most people don’t know is that your teeth help keep your jawbone in shape. When a tooth is missing, the bone deteriorates over time. Implants prevent bone loss in the jawbone, as the biting and chewing forces on the implants supply the stimulation needed for the bone to maintain itself (just like with natural tooth roots). Other tooth replacement methods often anchor the replacement teeth on real teeth around them, but dental implants are positioned into the jawbone, keeping it strong and healthy.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
If you think that dental implants in Hickory, North Carolina might be a good option for you, call Oakwood Dental Arts NC at 828-324-6235 or email admin@OakwoodDentalArtsNC.com for your consultation.
Oakwood Dental Arts offers everything you need to maintain and restore your healthy, beautiful smile – all in one location.
We are pleased to offer the best dental implant care near you in Hickory, NC as well as comprehensive general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry in Catawba County. You can feel confident that we can always provide the care your smile needs.
Dental Implant Dentist Office
We are dedicated to being a dental office for the whole family, meaning we know how to handle dental anxiety and how to make treatments as easy as possible for our patients, including children. Dr. McKinney, along with the rest of our skilled team, enjoy caring for patients of all ages at our office.
General Dentist Accepting New Patients
We always welcome new patients, from children and teenagers to adults and seniors, to visit our practice for the dental care you need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health. No matter your treatment, our goal is to keep you comfortable and relaxed. We work together with you to come up with the best solutions that work for you.