March 15, 2018
If you’ve been living with missing teeth, it may seem like it’s been a very long time since you’ve enjoyed the confidence that comes with a beautiful, complete smile. If you’re going to put forth the effort to replace those teeth — and you should! — you shouldn’t have to wait weeks for your new and improved smile.
With traditional dental implant procedures, replacing teeth can take months. After you have the artificial tooth roots placed, you generally wait several months for the area to heal before attaching the dental restorations that replace the visible parts of missing teeth.
But at Appalachian Dental Care, we’re able to give you a brand new smile in just one day! It’s possible with Dr. Airey’s extensive training and experience, as well as state-of-the-art dental technology!
Dental Implants 101
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you have a handful of options. But dental implants are sort of the “gold standard” when it comes to replacing missing teeth because they replace both the root and visible crown of the missing tooth. Other options — like traditional dentures or conventional dental bridges — simply rest on the gums.
But because dental implants allow you to replace the root, your prosthetic actually fuses to your jawbone in the same way a natural tooth root would. Since there are no clasps or adhesives, you’ll never have to worry about your prosthetic fitting improperly or coming loose.
After the dental implant is placed, it can then be “restored” (or topped) with a dental restoration like a dental crown, bridge or denture, depending on how many teeth you need to replace.
More than 3 million Americans are already enjoying the benefits of dental implants, which include:
- Restored bite force. You’ll regain up to 90 percent of your natural chewing ability with dental implants. This means you’ll never have to pass up on another steak dinner again! Your dental implants will be able to handle all your favorite foods.
- Reduced risk of bone loss. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone no longer has a tooth root to support. Because of this, you’re likely to start losing bone density in your jaw, which can affect the appearance of your face. However, if you replace the tooth root with a dental implant, you reduce your risk of bone loss.
- A beautiful smile and restored confidence. Dental implants look, feel, and function like real teeth. Your dental restorations will be meticulously crafted so that they blend in seamlessly with your smile.
- Longevity. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime!
How We Provide A Same-Day Smile
With a traditional dental implant procedure, there’s a lot of waiting involved. First, you have to wait three to six months after you have your implant placed for the tissue and bone to heal. Then, part of what contributes to the wait when you get undergo conventional dental implant treatment is that your dental restoration is fabricated in an off-site lab. Even if it only takes a week for technicians to actually craft the restoration, you’ll still have to wait a few more weeks for processing and shipping.
But at Appalachian Dental Care, we use careful planning and the power of technology to cut down on the time it takes for you to get a new and improved smile! First, we use a special kind of dental implant that can be restored the same day it is placed.
We’re also able to make your custom dental restoration in-house, thanks to our state-of-the-art CEREC milling device! This technology allows us to take a series of digital images of your mouth to craft a sort of blueprint for your restoration. Because everything’s done digitally, it’s incredibly precise! Then, the plans are sent to our milling device, which carves your restoration out of a block of ceramic in a matter of minutes. There’s no waiting for anything to ship. Everything’s done in one appointment.
Once your restoration is complete, we’ll make some final adjustments and then affix it to your dental implant!
A Comfortable Dental Implant Procedure
At Appalachian Dental Care, we go the extra mile to ensure that your experience in our office is a pleasurable one. When it comes to having your dental implant placed, Dr. Airey will of course thoroughly numb the area to ensure your comfort. But, we can also further minimize stress with dental sedation! This involves the use of medication to improve your experience in the dental chair.
We offer different kinds of dental sedation including:
- Nitrous oxide, which is also known as laughing gas. It’s a relatively mild form of dental sedation that will provide a sense of calm.
- Oral sedation, which provides a slightly deeper sedation. You’ll feel relaxed and perhaps a bit drowsy after taking a pill we prescribe.
- General anesthesia. In cases of more intensive treatment, we may recommend general anesthesia so that you’ll be asleep during your dental work.
Beyond dental sedation, we offer a variety of comfort options to help you relax during your procedure. This includes pillows and blankets, semi-private patient rooms, longer appointments, and even massaging chairs!
We also understand that paying for your dental work can be as stressful as the procedure itself. That’s why we’ve compiled several different payment options! We believe you shouldn’t let the stress of paying for a procedure keep you from doing what’s best for your dental health.
We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover, and we are a preferred provider through Cigna and Delta Dental. We also work with CareCredit to offer low-interest and no-interest financing to those who qualify.
Don’t Wait Longer Than You Have To For A New Smile
Many patients say that teeth replacement has drastically improved their quality of life, and at Appalachian Dental Care, you can enjoy a new smile in just one day. So what are you waiting for? Call us at 828-355-5673 to schedule your initial consultation, or use our online form to request an appointment.