Dental Implants Specialist
Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Charlotte, NC
Dental implants are an excellent option for people with gaps in their smile due to missing teeth. Dr. Jeffrey Kleinheinz and the team at Kleinheinz Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina can help restore your smile using this dental treatment option. Using teeth created to look like your natural ones, you’ll be well on your way to a complete smile thanks to dental implants. Make an appointment to learn more using the online scheduler or by calling his office.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants help replace and fill in gaps in your smile from missing teeth. This option uses a metal post surgically secured to your jawbone, which then becomes fitted with replacement teeth.
How are dental implants inserted?
Dr. Kleinheinz surgically attaches your dental implants are directly into your jawbone where your tooth is missing. As you heal, you’ll need to stick to a diet of liquids and soft foods to ensure you don’t damage the area.
The leftover bone fuses with the implant, making the implant a part of the makeup of your jaw. This gives your dental implant support so it won’t be loose or removable like dentures.
Once your gum tissue has healed, Dr. Kleinheinz puts in the replacement tooth. This tooth, called a crown, is made to resemble your natural teeth in shape and color. If you have multiple dental implants, a bridge may be used instead of a crown.
What are the benefits of getting dental implants?
Dental implants offer many benefits, as they:
- Are long lasting
- Can improve your ability to speak and eat
- Improve your appearance
- Look natural
- Prevent bone loss in the area
A big benefit of dental implants is their durability. Since they fuse with existing bone, they become a part of your mouth and are generally pretty comfortable.
How do I care for my implants?
Though dental implants are durable, yours may fall out or become damaged with improper care. To keep your dental implants looking their best, be sure to practice good oral hygiene by:
- Flossing daily
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
- Having regular dental checkups and cleanings
Biting down hard can also damage your dental implants. Be cautious when eating hard or chewy food.
If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you can damage dental implants, as well as your regular teeth. Dr. Kleinheinz can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from further damage.
If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to missing teeth, a dental implant may be right for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Kleinheinz online or by calling Kleinheinz Dentistry to learn more.