If you are missing one or all of your teeth, dental implants are a wonderful replacement option. A dental implant is a biocompatible titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone. The post will fuse, or osseointegrate with the bone. Once the implant has osseointegrated a crown is placed on top of the implant. This creates a natural looking and functioning tooth replacement. For patients missing multiple teeth or all of their teeth, more implants are placed as needed.
Single tooth implants are a great option to replace a single missing tooth. By placing a single tooth implant the patient can have a permanent replacement tooth without filing the adjacent teeth down for fixed bridge work. Single tooth implants look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Patients missing multiple teeth can avoid partial dentures or fixed bridge work with multi-unit implants. Many patients dislike their removable partial dentures because partial dentures can be uncomfortable, less than optimally attractive and difficult to chew with. All of these issues can be resolved with multi-unit dental implants.
Full denture wearers have the option of replacing all of their teeth with multiple dental implants or using dental implants to securely anchor their dentures with denture anchor attachments on two or more implants.
Recent advancements in technology have made dental implant treatment easier and better than ever before. Patients can enjoy life without worrying about their teeth. Denture wearers no longer have to deal with teeth that might loosen or fall out when they talk, laugh, or eat. Patients with single missing teeth no longer have to cut down adjacent teeth for fixed bridges.
Additional not so obvious benefits to dental implants are maintenance of jawbone volume and facial features. When teeth are lost and implants are not placed, the jawbone will resorb or shrink. This leads to shrunken looking facial features. Implant placement prevents this type of bone loss and the undesirable results.
Dental implants have proven themselves to be a safe long term solution for tooth replacement. If you feel this type of treatment may be right for you, I am happy to offer you a free initial consultation to discuss your options.
Jeff Efird DDS.
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.