Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. The implant is a small titanium rod that Dr. Covington surgically places in your jawbone. It functions as the root of your natural teeth, so it securely anchors a crown, bridge, or dentures.
The most important benefits of implants — beyond improving your appearance by replacing lost or damaged teeth — include:
Dr. Covington uses two top-quality brands, Zimmer Biomet dental implants and the ASTRA TECH Implant System™, and can insert a single implant to support a crown or multiple implants for several crowns, a bridge, or dentures.
The first step is a thorough dental exam and X-rays to be sure your gums and jaw are healthy enough to support a dental implant. If your jawbone is too soft or thin to keep a dental implant in place, Dr. Covington may perform a bone graft.
Dr. Covington usually uses bone grafting material that’s biocompatible but may harvest a small amount of your bone. After the graft is attached to the implant area, it gradually fuses with the underlying bone, so you’ll need time to heal before proceeding with the implant surgery.
The implant procedure begins with administering anesthesia -- usually local anesthesia or sedation -- then Dr. Covington makes an incision in the gum, drills a small hole, and screws the implant into the bone.
Over the next few months, your jawbone naturally regrows and fuses to the dental implant, creating a structure as solid as your original tooth.
The implanted rod stays just below your gum line. When it’s time to attach your new dental prosthesis, Dr. Covington fastens a cap or abutment to the top of the rod, and the crown, bridge, or dentures attach to the cap.
If you need to replace missing teeth, a dental implant can be as secure and functional as your original tooth. To learn more, call Dr. Covington or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.
We accept most traditional insurance plans, contact our office to verify acceptance of your plan. Waccamaw Oral Surgery does not participate in Health Management Organizations; however, we will be happy to file your insurance claims for you. We are network providers for Delta Dental Premier, SC Medicaid and Cigna.
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