Dental Implants | Raleigh NC
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What Are Dental Implants?
The dental implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes.
The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
For more information about Dental Implants, or to make an appointment, please use our appointment request form or call our office: Wake Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Raleigh NC Office Phone Number 919-783-9920.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure. The implants are placed within your jawbone and temporary healing abutments are placed. These abutments maintain the soft tissue surrounding the dental implant. For the first three to four months following surgery, the implants are gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Scott A. Hum is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Dr. Hum performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Dr. Hum performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the hip or tibia.
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth — whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years — chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Dental Implant FAQs
Are You a Candidate for Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone grafting can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. Intravenous sedation is available for more extensive procedures or for our patients with a little more dental anxiety.
Do Dental Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
AAOMS Dental Implant Surgery Video
Dental Implant Patient Reviews Raleigh NC
Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your dental implant experience with this practice. Call our office if you would like more information: Wake Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Raleigh NC Office Phone Number 919-783-9920.
Wake Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Patient Review by Catherine F
Dr. Hum has treated me and my family for years. This is my third dental implant and I hope it is my last. If not....I will be back.
- Catherine F
Patient Review by Jerry S
Great dental care provided for dental implant.
- Jerry S
Patient Review by Anita B
Wonderful treatment, caring and extremely professional!
- Anita B
Patient Review by Kevin B
Amazing! Very pleased, all around.
- Kevin B
Patient Review by Michael L
Great job and accommodated vacation plan
- Michael L
Patient Review by J G
Implant was put in quickly. Very little pain for the following 2 days. It was manageable with Motrin.
- J G
Patient Review by Kerry R
Love the staff and Dr. Hum. Easy to talk to, removed anxiety from situation and felt like I was getting excellent advise and care.
- Kerry R
Patient Review by Dana W
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Patient Review by Katherine V
All the staff are very professional, on time and pleasant to deal with. Dr.Hum is very impressive with his manners and especially the procedure, which is painless.
- Katherine V
Patient Review by Sarah N
Excellent care and patient education before/after the procedure. The entire staff was very accommodating and Dr. Hum out me totally at ease with the procedure.
- Sarah N
Patient Review by David W
Very satisfied with the entire process.
- David W
Patient Review by Edith K
It was painless and excellent In every way
- Edith K
Patient Review by Samuel C
Outstanding professionalism by doctor and staff.
- Samuel C
Patient Review by Leonard W
Not bad, not bad at all.... Almost painless....
- Leonard W
Patient Review by Mary C
Good experience. Everything is explained ahead of time.
- Mary C
Patient Review by Julie S
This is my third extraction and third implant with Dr. Hum. He is excellent! His staff is attentive and completely professional. Both I and my husband are patients and have been totally pleased with our treatment. I highly recommend this practice.
- Julie S
Patient Review by Jennifer W
Dr. Hum and his staff are great! They are very professional and take good care of you.
- Jennifer W
Patient Review by Elizabeth U
Overall pleasant experience. Have no issues and the staff are great.
- Elizabeth U
Patient Review by Rebecca M
A positive experience. Dr. Hum and staff were informative, professional and pleasant.
- Rebecca M
Patient Review by Kathy H
I saw Dr. Hum for an extraction, then a dental implant. He and his staff were very professional, personable, helpful and explained everything in a suitable level of detail.
- Kathy H
Patient Review by Joseph T
Friendly staff. Experienced surgeon.
- Joseph T
Patient Review by Tara K
Great very thorough
- Tara K
Patient Review by Susan M
Friendly and caring staff
- Susan M
Patient Review by Danet W
Overall experience was excellent!
- Danet W
Patient Review by Jill B
Great experience. Explained procedure prior to and again, step by step as procedure was being done. Would highly recommend Dr. Hum and his friendly, caring staff.
- Jill B
Patient Review by Laurie I
Very pleased and comfortable with the care received and felt well prepared for what to expect with each visit.
- Laurie I
Patient Review by George H
This is my second implant at this office. I was so pleased with the first procedure that I came back when I needed a second implant. The excellent care I receive here continues to impress me.
- George H
Patient Review by Dawn J
Great experience! The staff and Dr. Hum are very professional and caring. They listened to my concerns and fears and were very patient and accommodating. I will certainly recommend Dr. Hum every chance I get!
- Dawn J
Patient Review by Janet R
Dr and staff pleasant and helpful. Kept me informed at very step. Made me very comfortable!
- Janet R
Patient Review by Karyn H
Very professional. Great staff. Answered all my questions. Procedure went perfectly!
- Karyn H
Patient Review by Catherine V
I was given clear information and all questions answered as they came up.
- Catherine V
Patient Review by Allen C
Extremely satisfied with the top notch professional care I received!
- Allen C
Patient Review by Dawna lynn B
Very professional sfaff explained procedure well
- Dawna lynn B
Patient Review by Susan B
As dental experiences go, this was relatively pleasant.
- Susan B
Patient Review by Birgitt F
Great experience and staff.
- Birgitt F
Patient Review by Lee M
Very easy great staff.
- Lee M
Patient Review by Diane E
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Patient Review by Bryan A
I liked the follow up call the night of the procedure. It is a great idea.
- Bryan A