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Dental Implants

Dental implants are changing our patient’s oral health. Implants provide a foundation to place replacement teeth, when teeth are missing, they enhance a patient’s function and aesthetic, giving the patient the feel of their natural teeth. At Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery, we can help you regain lost teeth, preserve the natural contours of your facial shape and allow you to resume eating your favorite foods. Dr. Haigney is happy to meet with you and answer your questions about implants to replace a single, multiple, or even all of your teeth using dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Implants are a post that we anchor to your jawbone. They are made of titanium, which is frequently used by doctors in surgery all over the skeletal frame. Dr. Haigney inserts this post into the jawbone where the tooth is missing, it will serve as a new root for your artificial tooth. With healing time, the post will be strong. Titanium is biocompatible, meaning it will not be rejected by your body, and in fact, through a process called osseointegration, the bone bonds with the titanium, growing around it with connective tissue, making a strong foundation. Once Dr. Haigney feels the post is firmly in place, he will place an abutment, or dental crown, that has been customized to fit your bite and match your teeth in color, over the post. You now have a tooth that looks and feels like your natural teeth. You will love having your function restored, in addition, dental Implants help preserve your facial structure and prevents bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Surgical and Technological Advancements

The process for placing dental implants is becoming more and more improved through continuous advancements. Dr. Haigney is able to:

•  Place single stage implants:This means that he is able to place your dental crown after about six weeks of healing without reopening the surgery site.
•  Place Implants at the same time as your extraction:Making the plan to place your implant immediately following the extraction of your tooth will minimize invasive treatments, saving you healing time, pain, and time in the chair.
•  Extract teeth, place implants and crowns in one visit:Referred to as Immediate Loading, having everything done at once greatly simplifies the surgical process and has you come in with an unhealthy tooth and leave with a perfect one.

Who actually performs the implant placement?

The placement of your Implants is a team effort between Dr. Haigney, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Restorative Dentist. While Dr. Haigney performs the actual implant surgery, including the initial tooth extractions and any necessary bone grafting, the restorative dentist of your choice, fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. We are happy to work in collaboration for your treatment. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

What types of oral prostheses are available?

There are multiple options for oral prosthesis and your dental implant. Depending on what you need, you can have:

•  The placement of a single prosthesis, in this case a dental crown, is used to replace one missing tooth. If desired, the patient can have multiple single tooth placements.
•  The placement of multiple missing teeth, using implants as an anchor, would be a partial prosthesis, also known as a fixed bridge. We can replace two or more missing teeth in a single arch, and then anchor them onto limited implants.
•  A complete dental prosthesis, known as a fixed denture, can replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower arch. The number of implants that need to be placed will vary depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. We will review that in more depth with you based on your need.
•  A removable prosthesis, known as an over denture, attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by a dentist.

Dr. Haigney performs his implant surgeries a hospital operating suite in his office. As an operating suite, sterilization levels are optimized. We are also able to schedule time at an Inpatient hospital to place implants for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.

Why Implants versus traditional restorations?

There are several reasons to choose implants:

•  Implants restore a tooth when there is none.
•  Implants provide a solid post to attach prosthetics to that would otherwise need to sacrifice a healthy tooth, or would be loose in your mouth.
•  Implants allow you to forget that you ever even needed a restoration.
•  Implants allow you to eat the foods you want, yes, we even mean that ear of corn.
•  Implants can improve your aesthetic.
•  Implants will make you overall more comfortable with your prosthesis.

Am I a candidate for implants?

The best way to determine candidacy is to meet with Dr. Haigney. He can evaluate your current status along with your overall health to make that determination. You may be surprised at what he can do. If you mouth is not currently ideal for implants, there are ways of improving the outcome, such as bone grafting.

What type of anesthesia is used?

We will discuss anesthesia at your consultation. Adjustments can be made depending on your health and any medications you are currently taking. The vast majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under I.V. sedation, but for less complicated cases local anesthesia is sufficient.

Our team at Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery want to answer your questions about dental implants and prosthetics, to give you that functional and beautiful smile you want. Raymond J. Haigney II, DDS, is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, as an Oral Surgeon, he has completed extra years in coursework and time in clinic working on the latest advancements in dentistry. His education is ongoing for the benefit of his patients. To schedule a consultation, contact his front office staff at our Huntersville, NC 28078 office. (704) 255-5888

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9727 Northcross Center Ct
Huntersville, NC 28078
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