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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.

Dental Implants Presentation

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 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 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.

A smiling elderly man

“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.

Surgical Advances in Dental Implants

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Morelli is 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 a periodontist and a restorative dentist. Dr. Morelli performs 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.

North Carolina Implants & Periodontics

5 out of 5 stars based on 2 Dental Implants reviews.

Patient Review

Where to begin! I had to seek extensive dental repair work that a dentist in PA (near my home at the time) helped cause. I then relocated to Asheville, NC. I needed 7 implants and massive bone grafting. I had been getting quotes (never an optimistic one) from dentists in and around Asheville. Along with the unobtainable quotes was "If we can even do anything . . . " I even sought quotes outside of the country. I was finally referred to Dr. Morelli. All I can say is Dr. Morelli saved my dental life. After many emails and phone calls, I drove four hours to UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Morelli was the most optimistic and caring dentist I had met. It was obvious that he was sincere in wanting to help me. For the next almost two years I drove the four hours each way to Chapel Hill for my dental treatment. I have never regretted it. I am now living back in NJ. I am preparing to make a 12 hour journey to have another implant placed by Dr. Morelli. In Gratitude, Rachelle Sher

- Rachelle S

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Patient Review

Am a patient of Dr. Thiago Morelli for perio problems, and dental implants with bone grafting. He is meticulous, thorough, and gentle in his work. Have been to top-rated periodontists in other cities (NYC, Paris, Brussels) am I am equally satisfied with Dr. Morelli. A highly regarded periodontist in private practice in Chapel Hill said I couldn't have implants (too much bone loss) yet Dr. Morelli placed them with no problem. Would recommend him without reservation.

- Maggie G

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