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Implant Dentistry: the Best Solution

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Guided Placement Approach for dental implants from your Fayetteville, NC dentist

The Truth About Missing Teeth
A smile with missing teeth isn't just unattractive. It's at risk for a host of problems, including bone degeneration, shifting teeth, and increased wear on existing teeth. An incomplete smile can also make you look older because, when teeth are gone, cheeks can sink in and lips can curl. Diets can suffer because foods may become difficult to chew. Patients with missing teeth also report decreased self-esteem, which can undermine relationships and careers. And if that wasn't enough, statistics show that people with missing teeth lead shorter lives than those with complete smiles. Dr. Legg can help. Contact us today

Dental implants are the best solution to missing teeth. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants prevent:
A dental implant replaces the tooth root or the part of the tooth that is attached to the jaw bone. Dr. Mark Pike is highly trained to surgically deliver the best dental implant results possible. Dental implants not only look and feel natural, they are also permanent, durable and long-lasting.

Dental implants have given back the smiles of a lot of our patients in Fayetteville, NC, over the years. Dr. Mark Pike delivers implant dentistry service with ease and precision, providing his patients with sheer satisfaction from the results. A missing tooth or two may seem harmless, yet more serious problems can arise if they are not addressed properly. Dental implants are one effective way to do so.
If you need to replace more than one tooth, Dr. Pike can use implants to anchor a fixed bridge or a full set of dentures. Healing usually takes about six months before the bridge or denture can be installed. Downtime can be long, but getting your teeth back definitely outweighs this disadvantage.

Guided Implant Approach
Dr. Pike invests in the latest technology for accurate implant placement. During consultation, Dr. Mark Pike evaluates your teeth, bone structure and overall health to determine if you are a good candidate for implant placement. Thorough evaluation (which may include x-rays, CT scans, 3D imaging, photos and impressions of your teeth) helps your Fayetteville, NC dentist design the best treatment plan.
Dr. Mark Pike is also one of the few dentists in the area who places AND restores dental implants. Dental implants have a high success rate in general, but in the slim chance that your implants fail, Dr. Pike can correct the problem.
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, visit our Fayetteville, NC dental clinic today. You can also call us at 910-864-2400 to make an appointment.

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to replace missing teeth in the oral cavity. They are designed to have a strong foundation, which can either be fixed or removable replacement teeth, and are custom-made to match the natural contours and shade of the patient’s teeth.

What to expect
Dr. Mark Pike will first examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
Treatment will then be performed to place the implant in its final location so that the body can grow bone to it. The entire process of getting dental implants may take a few months to complete.

To learn more about dental implants and to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure, please call our Fayetteville, NC dental office at 910-864-2400. Contact us today! Dr. Mark Pike and our entire team of dental professionals at Pike Dentistry are here to help.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are a lot of advantages of having dental implants. Aside from improving one’s appearance, it can correct a person’s speech as well, especially for those who are using poor-fitting dentures. Also, unlike traditional dentures, dental implants are placed to replace a missing tooth down to its root. This means that these dental appliances become a part of you, removing any barriers and discomfort that are usually felt when wearing dentures. Implants also make it easier for the person to eat. Dentures often make chewing difficult while implants allow you to eat almost anything without pain. Overall, dental implants improve one’s oral health. Placing implants do not require one to manipulate neighboring teeth to allow space for the dental appliances such as a bridge. This preserves more of your teeth and leaves them intact.

What happens when getting a dental implant?
The dental implant process varies from patient to patient, as Dr. Mark Pike always individualizes his treatment plans. The procedure begins by placing a tooth root implant into the area where there is a missing tooth. The jawbone is allowed to heal for a certain time, which can take six to 12 weeks. Once the implant has bonded well to the patient’s jawbone, an abutment, or a connector post, is securely placed on the implant, which works by holding the new tooth in place. Dr. Mark Pike will then create impressions of your teeth to make the implant more realistic. Then, a crown, which is the replacement tooth, is placed on top of the abutment.
You will know more about dental implants and your experience throughout the procedure during your initial consultation with Dr. Mark Pike.

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