Restore your smile with dental implants at Crabtree Valley Dental

We are proud to provide implants for people who are missing teeth and would prefer another option than dentures. Call 919-985-7300 to schedule an appointment today or learn about dental implant cost.

Fall Special: $3995

*Not to be combined with other discounts or Smile Savings Plan. A consultation and x-rays are required.

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Dental Implants

Matthew Hopfensperger, D.D.S., M.S.

Former head of Dental Implants at UNC School of Dentistry

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What Are the Advantages?

  • Improved appearance.

    They look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.

  • Improved speech.

    With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. New implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.

  • Improved comfort.

    Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.

  • Easier eating.

    Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.

  • Improved self-esteem.

    You can also get back your smile and help you feel better about yourself!

  • Improved oral health.

    No required other teeth reduction, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.

  • Durability.

    They are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.

  • Convenience.

    Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Why Choose Crabtree Valley Dental

One-stop-shop. We place implants as well as restore them!

Dr. Hop, former Head of the Implant Department at the University of North Carolina, specializes in dental implants.

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FAQs

Success rates of implants vary, depending on where in the jaw they are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or dental implant surgery can be considered for an implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders — such as diabetes or heart disease — or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.

In general, implants are not covered by dental insurance at this time. Coverage under your medical plan may be possible, depending on the insurance plan and/or cause of tooth loss. Detailed questions about your individual needs and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist and insurance provider.

The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in dental implant surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.

Next, the tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from six to 12 weeks.

Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post — called an abutment — is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). The new tooth or teeth is based on this model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.

Instead of one or more individual crowns, some patients may have attachments placed on the implant that retain and support a removable denture.

Your dentist also will match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.

Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.

After the dental implant, mild soreness can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or Motrin.

Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.

What Patients are Saying…

“I took my mom here for a denture consultation and we saw Dr. Hop(fensperger). He was so congenial and pleasant! The level of detail he provided about my mom’s implants and health issues was amazing."

Verona C.

"NEVER have I had a visit like this. Love the people, so friendly with smiles everywhere. Dr. Hop was amazing! The level of detail he provided to help me care for my mom was so precise & freely given. And his personality was so warm.”

Verona C.

“Awesome doctors and staff. They really help ease the anxiety of going to the dentist”

Jacques W.