James Island Dental Associates
Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

How to Plan for Your Dental Implant

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You've lost a tooth, and you're thinking about replacing it with a dental implant. You've made an excellent choice for your long-term oral health and well being. Now, here's what you should know about dental implants in Charleston, SC.

The First Phase

When you choose to work with the dental team at James Island Dental Associates, you will receive comprehensive implant dentistry. This continuity of care means that you will be working with our dentists from start to finish without ever having to be referred elsewhere for treatment. This is a comfort for our patients.

The first phase of treatment is placing the implant into your jawbone during a simple surgical procedure. Our dentists perform this procedure at our office, and most patients are surprised that it's actually more comfortable than other types of dental procedures. Once your implant is placed, it will need time to heal and integrate with your bone over a period of 3 to 4 months. This process is called osseointegration, and it's how a firm foundation for your tooth is created.

After Healing is Completed

Once your implant is healed, it is now part of your dental anatomy. You'll return to our office where our dentists will customize a high-quality porcelain crown to restore your missing tooth in both shape and aesthetics. Your crown will function just as your natural tooth did, so eating and chewing will be comfortable once again.

Caring for Your Implant

It's important to take good care of your investment in your oral health with an excellent home care routine and regular checkups with your dentist. These steps ensure the health and longevity of your implant, which has the potential to last a lifetime.

Our Charleston, SC team is happy to help restore both your smile and your confidence with implant dentistry. If you have additional questions, please contact our office.