A Long-lasting Solution to Tooth Loss

Dental Implants Columbia, Cayce South Carolina

Individuals who are missing one or more of their natural teeth know how profoundly tooth loss can affect a person’s life. Not only does losing a tooth make simple tasks such as chewing and speaking difficult, but it can also make a person self-conscious about his or her overall appearance. At Columbia Smiles, we understand the discomfort associated with tooth loss, which is why we offer dental implants to patients of our Columbia, South Carolina practice. Dental implants effectively restore both form and function to mouths affected by missing teeth, with results that are stable, durable, and completely natural looking. Under the care of our experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Nick Pournaras, our patients are able to regain the ability to speak, chew, laugh, and smile with confidence.

If you have experienced tooth loss and are interested in learning whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact our dental practice today to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve patients throughout Columbia, South Carolina.

Dental Implant Restoration

Dental Implants ColumbiaDental implants are small titanium posts that act as anchors for replacement teeth. Patients can replace a single tooth or several missing teeth with dental implants. When implanted into the jaw, dental implants fuse with the bone and restore strength to the affected area. Patients who have already had implant posts inserted can visit Dr. Nick to have a restoration placed on top of the implant, creating a flawless look. Dental restorations not only close the gap left behind by a missing tooth, but they also improve make daily tasks such as chewing, talking, and caring for the teeth easy and pain free. Dental implants are an appealing alternative to traditional dental bridges and dentures. They fit precisely into the mouth and are not removable, reducing soreness and discomfort that is often associated with dentures. They are also long lasting and more natural looking than alternative treatments. At Columbia Smiles, the synthetic teeth that are placed on implants are crafted by our master ceramist, Wayne Payne, who prides himself on the “functional aesthetics” of all his restorations. He and Dr. Nick work together to provide attractive, natural results for each patient.

Mini Dental Implants

In addition to traditional dental implants, Dr. Nick also offers mini dental implants to patients who currently wear dentures. As denture wearers know, removable dentures can be quite uncomfortable; they leave sores and often slip, which can make eating and speaking difficult. Mini dental implants actually root bottom dentures to the jaw, increasing comfort and eliminating embarrassing slips. Mini dental implants are smaller and thinner than their earlier counterparts. Given their small size, mini dental implants can be placed without a significant amount of bone present. This makes them a great alternative for patients who have previously been ruled out as candidates for traditional dental implants. In addition, mini dental implants can be placed in just one office visit, as opposed to many visits over several months. As an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist, Dr. Nick is skilled at the placement of mini dental implants, and has helped many patients restore their smiles after tooth loss.

Learn More about Dental Implants

Dental implants are an effective option for patients who wish to restore the look and function of their smiles after tooth loss. At Columbia Smiles, Dr. Nick provides the restorations for dental implants that allow patients to achieve an aesthetically pleasing, healthy smile. If you are interested in learning more about restorative dentistry options, including mini dental implants, contact our Columbia dental practice today.