Dental Implants in
Hickory & Morganton, NC
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.
What are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the dental implant is made of titanium — the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.
Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the dental implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Dental Implant Surgical Advances
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Brown and Dr. Neuwirth are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction — further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Drs. Brown or Neuwirth perform 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.
Call us with any questions or to make an appointment.Hickory: 828-327-7867 Morganton: 828-433-4499
Patient Reviews for Dental Implants
Brown & Neuwirth Oral & Cosmetic Surgery Center
Our Latest Patient Testimonial By John H
I had to have an implant for a front tooth. Dr. Brian Neuwirth took care of the procedure for me . He was very gentle and professional. I have had no problems with the implant.
- John H
Our Latest Patient Testimonial By Michelle S
Love this office. I wish they were my family dentist.
- Michelle S
Our Latest Patient Testimonial By Pam C
I wanted an implant and knew Dr Neuwirth is one of the best in the area. During my initial consult he found an additional problem and took care of it right away. Love the staff! Can't wait for my new tooth. Thanks to all of you for your smiles and kindness!
- Pam C
Our Latest Patient Testimonial By Elizabeth C
Many thanks to Dr. Neuwirth and his staff for helping me in my hour of need, I'm truly grateful. You and your staff are doing a fine job in helping others. May the Lord continue to bless all of you. Have a super day and a Happy New Year!
- Elizabeth C
Our Latest Patient Testimonial By Shannon D
Getting a dental implant was the best decision I have ever made! If you want to restore your quality of life and that beautiful smile, I highly recommend Dr.'s Brown and Neuwirth! This is where I got my dental implant and they are by far the best oral surgeons around!
- Shannon D
Our Latest Patient Testimonial By Debra H
Dr. Neuwirth and staff provided excellent treatment. I had upper jaw surgery and would highly recommend their services. They are first class in every way.
- Debra H
Our Latest Patient Testimonial By Denise S
I have really enjoyed my experience here at the Hickory office. Everyone has been a complete blessing. Wonderful Doctor and nurses! God Bless you all!
- Denise S