Why The Tooth Implant Timeline is Necessary

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For most people who are missing one or more of their teeth, a dental implant from Wilson Dental Group is an ideal, state-of-the-art solution.

The dental implant process can take several visits over a period of months. Don’t let this discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is critical.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete dental implant and restoration consists of a titanium post, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

At your first visit, we’ll take X-rays and evaluate your mouth. We will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery, a common procedure to generate new bone growth.

2. Implant Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It takes one to two hours.

Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery soreness. Most people can go resume an ordinary day after the surgery. We’ll have instructions on post-operative care.

3. Osseointegration

Over the next few months, the jawbone fuses with the implant.  Titanium readily integrates with bone. The technical term for this quality is ‘osteophilic’. For most patients, it takes from three to six months for the process to complete.

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

Dental implants from Wilson Dental Group can improve your life.  They are among our general and cosmetic denistry services. Call our office to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Tooth Replacement For The 21st Century

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Not everything was better back in the good old days. Take dentures, for instance. They’ve improved many lives, but there is a better option from Wilson Dental Group: implant-supported dentures.

There are two types of implant anchored dentures: removable and permanent. No adhesive is required for either system.

With the permanent type, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as attachment points for the denture. Permanent implant-supported dentures are very stable.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment that allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type, because they can remove them at night for cleaning.

Implant-supported dentures from Wilson Dental Group are life-changing! They are among our general and cosmetic dentistry services. We have extended evening and Saturday hours for your convenience. Call us to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

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Need An Implant? Let’s Do A Checkup And Talk About It.

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When is the last time you had a dental check-up? At Wilson Dental Group, we recommend having a check-up every six months. If you are considering a dental implant, we will assess your oral condition and take it from there.

Dental implants are an ideal replacement for one or more missing teeth. An implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw, where it fuses with the bone. One implant is a solid base for one artificial tooth, while several can support a dental bridge or full dental arch.

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is someone in good overall health. That includes healthy gums. Adults are better candidates than younger people, because their jawbones are fully grown.

It’s essential to have enough bone mass, because the implant needs it. Even if you don’t, though, bone grafting can grow new bone. Once the implant is in place, it prevents further bone loss.

Unfortunately, not everyone is a viable candidate for a dental implant. People with systemic conditions like diabetes, or who have had radiation treatment to the head or jaws, are not good candidates. Neither are people with uncontrolled gum disease. All of these conditions can affect the success of the implant.

Dental implants from Wilson Dental Group can change your life for the better, and it begins with a thorough checkup. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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A Smile Like A Precious Gem

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Do you have missing teeth you would like to replace? While there is more than one option available, dental implants from Wilson Dental Group are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advances in the field of dentistry, and with good reason.

  • Dental implants are titanium posts placed into the jaw.
  • The posts fuse with your jawbone.
  • A single implant can support one artificial tooth, while several can support a bridge or dental arch

The great thing about dental implants is that they function like  natural teeth. The titanium post integrates with the bone so well that the body seldom recognizes them as a foreign object. Implants have a success rate of greater than ninety percent.

Conventional dentures may be more affordable than implant-anchored dentures. But because they are removable, most patients find that traditional dentures can be unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants from Wilson Dental Group are the closest thing to getting back a natural tooth. Find out more by scheduling a consultation today. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and pediatric dentistry.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Are You At Risk For Bone Recession?

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This post from Wilson Dental Group looks at bone recession. We all know that a healthy smile requires decay-free teeth and healthy gums, but how often do we appreciate our jaw bone? Our teeth need a strong firm foundation to remain healthy and beautiful.

Occasionally, a patient experiences bone recession in their jaw which can cause tooth loss and other issues. However, it is usually the other way around. The bone loss occurs as a result of a lost tooth because the blood supply and stimulus necessary for maintaining healthy bone is taken away.

Let’s look at the most common causes of jaw bone recession:

Extracted Teeth
Bone is living tissue and needs stimulation to stay healthy and retain its size and density. Biting, chewing, talking and all the other normal mouth functions keep the portion of the bone surrounding the tooth root healthy. When a tooth is extracted, the bone that used to anchor the tooth root recedes as if it understands that it is no longer needed. A dental implant provides stimulation similar to the natural tooth and can prevent bone recession.

Gum Infection
A gum infection can result when gum inflammation goes untreated and progresses to periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth creating pockets which provide the perfect breeding ground for the detrimental infection.

Gum infections can advance undetected, though there are usually warning signs. Swollen, painful gums, loose teeth, and gums that bleed when brushed are symptoms of periodontitis. The infection dissolves bone as the gums pull away from the tooth. Inadequate oral hygiene increases the risk of gum disease but other factors can compromise gum health. These include smoking (no surprise here), hormone levels, diseases that lower immune system effectiveness, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic predisposition.

Abscessed Tooth
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket of infection that occurs in the nerve and roots of a tooth. As the infection attacks the tooth and bone tissue it creates a space that fills with pus. There are several treatments for a tooth abscess including antibiotics to kill the infection, a root canal, or extraction, if necessary.

If you would like to replace a missing tooth with an implant, but don’t have enough bone at the implant site, you might be a candidate for bone grafting. Bone grafting may sound like major oral surgery but it is really a routine procedure performed in a dental office.

At Wilson Dental Group our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Ask Us About Denture-Stabilization Implants

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The condition of your teeth has a significant impact on your health and well-being. Denture wearers understand this all too well. A common issue with conventional dentures is bone recession. It can be avoided with implant-supported dentures.

The Drawbacks of Dentures

While dentures are preferable to having no teeth at all, they certainly come with drawbacks. They can irritate gums and make breathing, eating, tasting food, talking, and laughing difficult. And dentures are not a once-and-your-done solution for missing teeth. As the jaw shrinks, they call for relines.

Stop The Progression

But there is hope! Dental implant technology can improve the quality of life for people who have been wearing standard dentures. To a certain extent, implants curb the downhill progression of declining oral health due to tooth loss.

Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow us to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are placed into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a strong base for an overdenture.

Restore Chewing Ability

Did you know that some denture wearers retain only ten percent of their chewing capacity? Implant-supported dentures not only curb bone recession, they can restore near-normal chewing ability. Improved chewing function with implants can result in better nutrition and overall physical well-being.

The psychological benefits are equally valuable. When Wilson Dental Group patients are free of embarrassing denture-slipping, they are happier, more sure of themselves, and socialize more often.

Before you spend money on another denture reline, ask Wilson Dental Group about denture-stabilization implants. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

252-653-4099

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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6 Reasons To Ditch Your Dentures For Dental Implants

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For thousands of years, dentures have allowed people who have lost their teeth to chew food and flash some teeth when they smile. But dentures can be unstable, irritating, embarrassing, and inconvenient. At Wilson Dental Group, dental implants are proving to be a superior solution to replacing lost teeth.

A dental implant provides the total package, so to speak. An implant replaces the visible part of the tooth and—this is key—also the root.

For a single dental implant, super-strong titanium post is anchored directly into the jawbone. An abutment is then attached to the post. Finally, a crown or denture is attached to the abutment.

But dental implants can be inserted into several places in the jaw in order to support a full set of dentures. Implant-supported dentures provide the following benefits:

  • Stability – Implants don’t move around in your mouth.  This permits normal chewing, swallowing, and speech.
  • Bone Retention – The post maintains bone health and circulation
  • Dental implants prevent jaw muscle dysfunction that can occur when remaining teeth are forced to compensate for missing teeth
  • Dental implants prevent gum irritation
  • No need for denture relines
  • No denture adhesive needed

Dental implants are available from Wilson Dental Group to replace a single lost tooth, or to support dentures. Schedule a consultation with us to find out more. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Looking into how much dental implants cost and getting a simple answer can be frustrating. At Wilson Dental Group, we understand that, but there are reasons.

It can be confusing to research the cost of getting a dental implant and finding nothing solid online. But the fact of the matter is that most dentistry sites don’t publish the cost of implants, and with good reason.

1. The Math Might Come Out Higher Than it Should
The number of teeth being replaced may be more than the number of implants needed to cover that section of the mouth. Dental implant dentists want to offer accurate pricing rather than scare you away with higher estimates. It takes a straightforward consultation to review dental history, analyze needs and create a treatment plan. This could mean a more efficient surgery with fewer implants.

2. There Might Be Something Better For Your Mouth
While dental implants really are the state of the art in tooth replacement, much better than a bridge or denture, sometimes the technique won’t be what you thought it was going to be, or maybe you aren’t a good candidate for the treatment.

3. Supply Costs and Lab Costs Change

A ballpark number might be possible to post on the Internet, but the changing cost of supplies and lab fees make it impossible to guarantee a specific price for full mouth dental implants. Dentists who offer implants can precisely calculate dental implant surgery costs based on current prices when you come in for a consultation.

Make an appointment with Wilson Dental Group to quickly and accurately get the answers to any and all questions about dental implants. We provide evening and weekend hours for your convenience.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Bright And Healthy Smiles

No one disputes the fact that bright and healthy smiles are more attractive than dull or yellow smiles. Everybody likes to see a pleasing smile, and having beautiful teeth is also healthy for your self esteem. Wilson Dental Group in Wilson NC can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Teeth are subjected to a lot of wear and tear over the years. They become discolored, get chips or cracks, and generally lose their youthful luster. Cosmetic dentistry can revitalize your smile.

Whiten, Straighten, or Get Rid of the Silver

There are many affordable procedures that will allow you to achieve a bright and healthy smile. There are effective tooth whitening treatments that whiten smiles significantly. If you would like to straighten your teeth, you also have numerous orthodontic options.

Still have silver amalgam fillings? How would you like to have them replaced with white fillings? When you open your mouth wide, your teeth will look like they did before you ever had cavities!

At Wilson Dental Group, we focus on patient-centered dental care in a friendly environment. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896

 

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Restoring Teeth At Wilson Dental Group

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At Wilson Dental Group, we use a variety of techniques to restore damaged teeth. Most dental patients are familiar with fillings. Traditional fillings are called direct restorations because they are applied to the tooth and then shaped and polished in one visit. We offer our patients white fillings.

Another type of filling is called an ‘indirect restoration’ and is produced in a dental lab. There are two types: inlays and onlays.

When a tooth needs more extensive dental restoration, a crown is frequently used. At Wilson Dental Group, we create strong, natural-looking crowns from a variety of materials.

What if the tooth is damaged beyond repair? There are a number of effective replacements for missing teeth, including dental implants.

Whether tooth damage is caused by decay, injury, bite problems, or natural wear, Wilson Dental Group will choose the best dental treatment plan for your tooth restoration needs, including white fillings. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Wilson Dental Group:

336-450-2077

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3401 Raleigh Road Pkwy W Ste 10C
Wilson, North Carolina
27896