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Single Missing Tooth - FLORENCE, SC

The Long-Term Solution For a Failing or Missing Tooth

The All-Natural Tooth Replacement

If your missing teeth are causing you stress or embarrassment and you’re looking for a solution, you have many options in modern dentistry. Unlike the past, you now have the choice to receive a dental implant in Florence, SC. This permanent and all-natural tooth replacement can restore total tooth function and esthetics! They’re not removable like dentures and they don’t require the preparation of other teeth like dental bridges. No matter where your single missing tooth is in your mouth, we can replace it with a dental implant and attach a life-like dental crown, sometimes in as little as one pain-free surgical appointment!

Dental implants truly are the long-term solution of choice for most, if not all, patients because of how they can transform your ability to eat, talk, and live confidently. We’re passionate about helping you gain a better quality of life through permanent dental implants. Our treatment protocol focuses on your smile goals and the esthetic quality of your new tooth, as well as what functional improvements your smile needs to remain healthy. And with our experience and advanced surgical techniques, we’re able to get you back to a beautiful, functional, and confident smile as comfortably and predictably as possible.

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Qualifying for Dental Implants

The good news is that if you have a single missing tooth, you are most likely a candidate for a dental implant or only need a few primary treatments to qualify. Dental implants rely on the jawbone to remain in place, so if your bone is too weak or thin, we may need to complete a bone grafting procedure before your implant placement. If you have underlying medical conditions, this sometimes means extra planning or modification is needed to ensure a successful and safe surgery. We always review your dental and medical history before beginning implant treatment, so we know exactly what steps to take when restoring your smile.

The Steps of Dental Implant Treatment

Step 1. Personalized Consultation

Dental implant treatment is different for everyone, but we have set protocols in place to ensure that you receive the most personalized and streamlined process for your situation. During your first consultation, we’ll ask questions to get to know you, what your smile goals are, and the concerns or hesitations you may feel about dental implant treatment. We’ll also capture high-quality images of your mouth using CBCT technology, which we’ll use to precisely plan your surgery and dental crown. From here, we can create a personalized treatment plan that fits your smile goals and budget.

Step 2. Preparatory Treatment

We prioritize your smile goals and offer esthetically driven treatment, but we also want to ensure your mouth is in optimal health before surgery. If you suffer from gum disease or bone loss, we provide treatment that returns your mouth to a functional state. You won’t need to worry that underlying conditions will affect the longevity of your new dental implant. We provide these periodontal treatments right in our office, so you won’t need a referral out to a separate practice. Once your mouth is ready for surgery, you’ll come back to our Florence, SC office to receive your dental implant.

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Step 3. Dental Implant Surgery

On your day of surgery, we’ll be sure to first make you as comfortable as possible. We provide varying levels of sedation, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. Many times, our anxious patients will choose a combination of one or more to receive the maximum level of comfort and pain control during surgery. As you’re comfortably resting in our treatment suite, we’ll place your dental implant, a procedure that generally takes less than one hour. We utilize BioHorizons®, Nobel Biocare, and Straumann®, three of the leading U.S.-based dental implant brands in the world to ensure the greatest functional and esthetic results. Depending on the level of sedation received, most patients don’t even remember this appointment and are pleased with how simple and painless their experience was! You’ll be free to return home the day of your surgery.

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Step 4. Healing and Restoration

You’ll most likely experience some discomfort for the first few days after your surgery, which can be controlled with drugstore pain medication. As your dental implant heals, it will fuse to the bone in your jaw, taking on the role of your other natural tooth roots. This integration process can take a few months, but it is crucial to the long-term stability and health of your dental implant. When your implant has fully healed, you’ll return to our office where we’ll attach your final dental crown. This custom new tooth will look completely natural and be indistinguishable next to your existing teeth. With function that matches your natural teeth, your new dental implant will provide you with a complete and healthy smile once again!

Ensuring Affordable Treatment

You may be wondering what a functional new smile with a dental implant in Florence, SC will cost, especially since other options like partial dentures or dental bridges exist. It’s important to remember that dental implants are your only permanent option and therefore the ideal long-term solution for a single missing tooth. You won’t need to subject other teeth to adjustments or additional wear and tear, as a dental implant only affects the space where your tooth is missing. Even with an initially higher price tag, a dental implant will outlive every other restorative option and provide you with greater functional and esthetic benefits. We want to make sure this life-changing solution is affordable for all our patients, though, so we provide third-party financing companies that offer low monthly payments and competitive interest rates. In short, we’ll do what it takes to provide you with a beautiful new tooth that also fits within your budget.

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