Make Your Smile Like New With Dental Implants

If you've lost a tooth to injury or disease, dental implants can restore both your smile and your oral health. Valley Hills Dentistry offers high-quality dental implants in Hickory, NC.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth placed directly into the jawbone. The "root" is a post usually made of titanium, a metal that pairs well with human bone and is used in many hip and knee replacements. We offer two dental implant options:

  • Permanent implants - are more stable and feel more like natural teeth
  • Removable implants - can be taken out to be cleaned, repaired, or replaced as needed.

Are You a Good Fit for Dental Implants?

You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you meet the following conditions:

  • You don't smoke.
  • You have good oral hygiene.
  • Your jaws have enough bone to support the implant.
  • Your gums are healthy and free of gum disease.

How Many Implants Do You Need?

Whether you're missing one tooth or all of them, implants offer a variety of replacement options:

  • Missing one tooth? All you need is one implant plus one replacement tooth.
  • Missing several teeth in a row? A few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge of replacement teeth.
  • Missing all your teeth? A full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with multiple implants

Why Choose Implants Over Dentures or Bridges?

Conventional Bridges and Dentures 

Nearby teeth support conventional bridges and dentures. This can make them:

  • More unstable
  • Difficult to eat or smile with confidence Last only last 7–10 years. 

Dental Implants

Unlike conventional bridges and dentures, dental implants are secured directly into your jawbone. This offers you a number of healthy advantages:

  • Look, feel, and act more like normal teeth
  • Provide stronger biting force
  • Won't compromise the health of your natural teeth
  • Typically last a lifetime 

Post-Treatment Care of Implants

You can treat your implants the same way you treat natural teeth—they need daily brushing, flossing, and regular checkups. The better care you give your implants, the longer they will last.

Post Operative Instructions for Dental Extractions/ Implants/ Bone Grafts

We have created an instruction guide for your post operation. Please download here.

See How Dental Implants Can Restore Your Smile

Schedule an appointment at Valley Hills Dentistry in Hickory, NC, to discuss the implant option that best fits your oral health and lifestyle.

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