A dental implant is used to replace an entire tooth, or a row of teeth. The loss of a single tooth might not seem like a big deal to you, especially if it’s not visible, but it can affect your overall oral health if you don’t take care of it. A dental implant functions, and looks, just like a normal tooth. Implants can also be helpful in anchoring full and partial dentures, giving them a more natural look and secure fit. Dental implants are inserted in your jawbone and will be designed to fit in with the rest of your teeth. Because of its placement in your jaw, as it heals, the bone will actually fuse with the implant (a scientific process referred to as osseointegration) giving it a sturdy foundation. Once your implant heals and is secure in your jawbone, our staff will then add the crown to the foundation. Healing takes a different amount of time for each person and it is not uncommon for the process to take a few months. Once the crown has been placed you’ll feel like the implant is one of your natural teeth and will be able to eat, smile, talk and do everything else you are accustomed to doing.
Screw Retained Implant
Bone Graft with Immediate Implant Placement
About Dr. Efird
Dr. Jeff Efird has practiced dentistry for over 20 years. His love and respect for the dental profession continues to grow as he sees patients positively affected by proper oral health and quality treatment under his care. Dr. Efird understands a relationship with a dentist is a lifelong endeavor and values the respect and trust his patients extend.
Dr. Efird began his training as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. He attained a degree in chemistry before continuing his education and graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1987.
Dedicated to expanding his own knowledge and that of his practice, Dr. Efird has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school. Over the last decade he has focused most of his education of advanced restorative techniques and implant restorative solutions. Much of the training has been associated with the renowned Spear Education center in Scottsdale.
A member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and Buncombe County Dental Society, Dr. Efird is committed to providing outstanding quality care to patients in Western North Carolina. He lives in Asheville with his wife and son, and loves to fish and build handcrafted boats.