Tooth loss doesn’t have to ruin your appearance or ability to eat. A dental implant serves as a solid foundation (root) for the new replacement tooth (crown). Titanium dental implants, the dental prosthetic closest to nature, allow you to talk, chew, and smile with complete assurance.

Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for most people, but they’re not right for everyone. To learn whether you are a good dental implant candidate, please call (803) 781-9090 or email Smile Columbia Dentistry today to schedule an appointment at our Columbia, South Carolina office.

Dental Implant Benefits

Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that is structured like your natural tooth so it can look and function like your natural tooth. A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in your jawbone, just like your natural tooth root. The post is then topped with an aesthetic dental crown made of an advanced dental ceramic.

diagram of a dental implant in Columbia, South CarolinaDental implants are the best tooth replacement option for many people because they:

  • Look like natural teeth
  • Have no diet restrictions
  • Require no special care
  • Provide even pressure across your gums and jawbone to promote their health and prevent bone loss
  • Can be permanent restorations with proper care

With all these benefits, it’s not hard to see why dental implants continue to grow in popularity. Short of growing a new tooth, nothing beats a dental implant for appearance and function.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

Among our advanced implant dentistry techniques is All-on-4. This lets us replace an entire arch of teeth using just four dental implants. We can complete this procedure in just one surgery. Even if we need to extract teeth, most people can leave with a brand-new smile that day.

Thanks to the advanced science behind the design, even people with reduced bone because of wearing dentures can get All-on-4 without needing a bone graft. This, combined with the small number of implants, makes the procedure relatively affordable while delivering attractive, functional results.

Who Is a Candidate for Implant Dentistry?

Most people are candidates for dental implant dentistry. However, there are a few restrictions that may prevent you from getting a dental implant such as:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Smoking
  • Poor overall health
  • Lack of bone to support implant

In many cases, you may still be able to get implants, but you will require additional treatments, such as periodontal therapy, treatment of other health conditions, or a bone graft. Mini implants can sometimes be used for people with little supporting bone.

A Complete Dental Implant Practice

Some people have to deal with multiple practices throughout the implant dentistry process — one for placing the dental implant and one for restoring the tooth. Not at Smile Columbia! Our implant dentists are trained to place and restore dental implants, so we can rejuvenate your smile under one roof.

Advanced Digital Workflow

Smile Columbia Dentistry remains at the forefront of dental technology. We have improved our dental implant procedure with a new, smoother digital workflow that is fully integrated with the Hahn tapered implant system from Glidewell. This procedure starts with highly detailed imagery using our Planmeca ProMax CBCT (cone beam computed tomography). This shows us the exact configuration and density of your bone so we can select the precise shape, size, placement, and orientation for your dental implants. We can then create a surgical guide that makes surgery efficient and accurate. This will make your dental implant process faster and help improve the quality and longevity of results.

Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF)

Dr. Adam Hahn utilizes the second-generation platelet concentration technique of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) to improve his dental implant procedures. PRF concentrates natural healing factors present in your own blood to help your body heal. We take a small sample of your blood, then place it in a centrifuge to concentrate the healing factors. We mix the PRF with bone graft material and place it at the implant site.

The PRF helps your body fight infection and build the tissue scaffolds critical to early healing. It also stimulates the development of blood vessels for healthy bone around the implant.

To learn whether you are a candidate for dental implants, please call (803) 781-9090 or contact Smile Columbia Dentistry today and schedule an appointment at our Columbia, South Carolina office.