Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.  What is an Implant?

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

After the  dental implants are placed by an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist our office will restore the implant for a beautiful smile, call our office in Moncks Corner at Drs. Kunkle and Powell, PA Phone Number843-761-8065.

Evaluation for Dental Implants

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by Drs. Kunkle and Powell. You may be referred to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon by our practice to place the implant then return to our office to restore the tooth. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are metal anchors or type of man-made root, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear a temporary denturecrown, or partial denture and eat a soft diet during this time.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Drs. Kunkle and Powell can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The implant supported denturecrown or bridge is then made over the posts or attachments, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.

Here are several helpful links to clips that give some additional information about implants:

Implants Overdenture Lower Procedure

Implants Overdenture Upper Procedure

Single Implant Procedure

Why Implants for Fully Edentulous Patients?