Missing teeth create a wide range of dental concerns for both oral health and quality of life. Not only do missing teeth apply additional pressure to your remaining dental structures but also they can eventually lead to teeth shifting if left untreated. This is why we recommend that our patients seek out tooth replacement options sooner rather than later.
Dental implants are considered the premier option for tooth replacement. They allow patients the opportunity to fully replace a missing tooth, including the tooth roots. Learn more about the benefits of implant dentistry below.
Dental Implants in Charleston, SC
Dr. Hudgens is an experienced restorative dentist in Charleston, SC. He works with patients who have suffered from tooth loss to restore their smiles with tooth replacement options. One of our most popular tooth replacement options is dental implants. In fact, dental implants have an extremely high patient satisfaction rating across most dental practices. This is because they offer many benefits that other tooth replacement options do not. The benefits of dental implants include:
- Tooth-Root Functionality: Dental implants are the only restorative option that replaces both the tooth and the tooth roots. A titanium post is surgically implanted beneath your soft tissues and allowed to fuse together with your jawbone. As the post heals, an abutment will be attached to the post which will eventually support a porcelain dental crown.
- No Bridge Hardware – The other tooth-replacement option available to patients is dental bridges. While dental bridges can effectively replace a missing tooth, they also require the external support of your surrounding teeth to hold a prosthetic tooth in place. All of the supporting structure of your dental implant will be neatly concealed beneath your own soft tissues, while dental bridges have fully external hardware, and may require certain dietary restrictions or additional oral hygiene precautions.
- Looks & Feels Like Your Natural Tooth – Your final restored tooth will take anywhere from 6-11 months to complete. However, once it is complete, you will get to enjoy the benefits of a fully restored tooth. Your restored tooth will look, feel, and function exactly like your missing tooth, blending in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Dr. Hudgens works closely with an oral surgeon to complete the surgical component of your dental implant procedure. Then, he completes the dental implants by attaching crowns to implants that are already anchored in the bone below the gum line.
Schedule An Appointment
Are you missing one tooth or have several missing teeth? If so, learn more about your tooth replacement options by visiting the Charleston, SC dentist office of Dr. R. Edward Hudgens. Schedule an appointment online for a consultation on our implant dentistry services. We look forward to seeing you soon.