Dental Implant FAQs

Patients who are missing one or multiple teeth are good candidates for dental implant treatment. New Bern, NC dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard provides dental implant treatment to help patients prevent further dental problems. If one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth may shift and overcrowd. These overcrowded teeth are more prone to decay and gum disease because they can be difficult to clean. If you have missing teeth and require treatment, request a consultation with Dr. Hoard on our website or call (252) 507-0373.

Learn more about frequently asked questions that patients may have about implants as well as their answers below:

Dental Implant Treatment in New Bern, North Carolina

Dental Implants Q&A

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent restorative solution and require the same care as your normal teeth. They also preserve the jaw bone and enhance the health of surrounding natural teeth with a more balanced look. Patients who receive dental implants can bite, chew, and speak normally without any fear of slipping.

How many dental implants will I need?

The number of implants you will need depends on the type of implant restoration you are receiving. For patients with a single missing tooth, only one implant is needed. For patients with multiple missing teeth or whole arches of missing teeth, you may require dentures or dental bridges. Patients can receive as many as eight implants to secure a single denture. We will review your needs during a consultation.

How long is the dental implant process?

During your initial dental implant surgery, Dr. Hoard inserts the titanium post into the jaw bone. The implant typically requires 3 to 6 months for the post to fully integrate with the jaw bone. Following this waiting period, we can finally secure your permanent restoration. Patients with dental infections or gum disease or those who require bone grafting services will have a longer treatment time.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Floss and brush your teeth as you would natural teeth. Schedule visits to our office biannually. If you keep up a regular oral hygiene routine, your implants should last you for years to come.