Dental Implants in Columbia, SC
At the office of Dr. Gregg McKenzie, DDS, we're proud to help our patients achieve total oral health through high-quality periodontics and implant dentistry. As a leading gum and dental implant specialist serving the Columbia, SC area, Dr. McKenzie has the experience needed to treat even serious cases of gum disease, and we strive to make the treatment process as convenient as possible for our patients. If you're considering dental implants, we can help you achieve a better smile whether you're replacing one, multiple or all of your teeth – and if you have questions, we're here to answer them.
Common Questions About Dental Implants
1. What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial replacements for teeth and their roots. The implant itself is a small, screw-like titanium post, which is inserted into the socket left behind by a tooth during a minor surgical procedure. A dental crown, which is a prosthetic tooth, is then attached to the top of the implant.
2. What benefits do dental implants offer?
All in all, dental implants offer one of the most effective, convenient options for replacing teeth. Dental implants provide a permanent tooth replacement, and they'll never slide around or get lost the way dentures often do. Furthermore, dental implants have the unique property of osseointegration: the implant literally fuses with the jawbone. This evenly distributes bite pressure within the jaw, preventing the bone loss that dentures can cause.
3. Who should I go to for dental implants?
A qualified periodontist, implantologist, or oral surgeon may place dental implants for you. Once surgically place, a cosmetic dentist can design and attach your new crown.
4. Does dental implant surgery hurt?
Generally, no. The implant procedure is a minor surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia. While the site of the implant may feel sore for a while after the procedure, this is generally mild. We'll provide post-op instructions to help manage any discomfort.
5. When can I work after getting implants?
Implant surgery is minimally invasive and very low impact. Most patients can return to work the very next day after the procedure!
Schedule a Consultation with Your Columbia Periodontist
Dental implants offer an effective, convenient, and lifelong solution for repairing or replacing teeth. If you're interested in learning more about dental implants or want to get implants for yourself, we would be thrilled to help. Contact us today to ask any questions you may have or schedule a consultation at our Columbia, SC office. We can't wait to hear from you!