At Bluffton Center for Dentistry, we are fortunate to have Dr. Jay Friedman practicing with us. He is a prosthodontist who specializes in placing implants and serves our patients in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia with nearly 30 years’ experience. Needless to say, we know our patients are in good hands with Dr. Friedman at the helm.
ABOUT IMPLANT DENTISTRY
Implant dentistry is a practice that involves preparing the mouth and placing dental implants. Our team prides itself on preparing a personalized care plan for all implant dentistry treatments whether you need a single or multiple implant, an extraction, implant dentures or bone grafting as part of your implant therapy.
A dental implant is a cylindrical and/or tapered post, that serves as a substitute for the tooth root. When a damaged or decayed tooth is removed, both the visible part of the tooth, called the crown, and the root are lost. A dental implant is placed in the jawbone so that it can fuse with your natural bone and become a strong and sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth. Implants can be used to replace an individual tooth or for an implant-supported bridge or denture containing multiple teeth.
The basis for modern dental implants is a biologic process called osseointegration, in which materials such as titanium form an intimate bond to bone. In our office, we use zirconia or titanium alloys for our implants. The implant fixture is first placed so that it is likely to osseointegrate, then a dental prosthetic is added. A variable amount of healing time is required for osseointegration before either the dental prosthetic (a tooth, bridge or denture) is attached to the implant or an abutment is placed which will hold a dental prosthetic.
The final prosthetic can be either fixed, where a person cannot remove the denture or teeth from their mouth, or removable, where they can remove the prosthetic. In each case an abutment is attached to the implant fixture. Where the prosthetic is fixed, the crown, bridge or denture is fixed to the abutment either with lag screws or with dental cement. Where the prosthetic is removable, a corresponding adapter is placed in the prosthetic so that the two pieces can be secured together.
Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They will allow you to confidently eat, smile, laugh, talk, play and enjoy all of your regular activities of everyday life without worrying about your teeth.