Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

illustration of dental implants in Raleigh, NC

We know that oral health and appearance matter, and at VP Dental, we’re committed to helping you achieve your most confident smile. Dr. Preston and our talented dental team are pleased to offer the most advanced solution for replacing missing teethdental implants. As a leading provider of dental implants in Raleigh, NC, we use cuttingedge technology and techniques to restore your smile to its optimal function and aesthetic. Whether you’ve lost a tooth to injury or decay, dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss that replaces the whole tooth, from root to crown. Dental implant surgery can transform your smile’s look, overall health, feel, and function

Dr. Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA, at VP Dental, provides beautiful dental implants that blend seamlessly to match your natural teeth


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are composed of artificial tooth roots made from titanium and artificial teeth made from porcelain or ceramic. The titanium rods are surgically inserted into the jaw as artificial roots and provide a permanent base for replacement teeth. 

Compared to crowns, bridges, and dentures, dental implant procedures are a popular long-term solution for missing teeth or chronic dental problems such as periodontal disease. 

Dental implants are the new standard in tooth replacement because they fit and function like natural teeth. They are easier to care for and better-looking than removable dentures, helping you feel like you have your teeth back again and making it easier to chew and speak.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

A dental implant feels, fits, and functions like a natural tooth. Unlike other options, dental implants provide advantages such as

Durable and Permanent: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, making them one of the most cost- 

effective restoration solutions

Maintain Oral Health: Dental implants help to prevent bone loss, preserving your jawbone and maintaining the shape of your face

Natural and Comfortable: Dental implants look, feel, and function like your own natural teeth. You can eat, smile, and socialize without worrying about your teeth

Dental Implants Services at VP Dental

At VP Dental, we’re dedicated to providing highquality dental implants in Raleigh, NC. Our dental implant services include

Single Tooth Replacement 

Losing a single tooth can impact your oral health and appearance. Dr. Preston can replace your missing tooth with a dental implant that looks and functions like your natural tooth

Multiple Teeth Replacement 

Whether you’re missing several teeth due to injury, disease, or decay, Dr. Preston can restore your smile using implant- supported bridges or partial dentures

Full Arch Replacement 

If you’re missing all your teeth on the upper or lower jaw, we offer implantsupported full bridges or dentures. These restorations are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants 

For patients who don’t have enough bone density in their jaw to support dental implants, we offer bone grafting procedures. This process helps to create a more solid base for the implant, increasing the chances of successful implant placement

The VP Dental Implants Procedure

Dr. Preston uses a patientcentered approach to ensure you receive the dental care you deserve. Our dental implant procedure typically involves the following steps

Initial Consultation and Evaluation: Dr. Preston will evaluate your oral health, discuss your dental needs and preferences, and determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for dental implants

Custom Treatment Planning: We will create a personalized treatment plan that outlines the steps needed to restore your smile with dental implants

Implant Placement: The implant, made from biocompatible titanium, is surgically placed into the jawbone

Healing and Integration: Over several months, the implant fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Abutment and Crown Placement: Once the implant has integrated with the jawbone, we’ll attach an abutment and a custommade crown to the implant

Followup Care: Regular checkups and proper oral hygiene will ensure the success and longevity of your dental implants.

How are dental implants placed?

Dr. Preston can help determine if you are a candidate for dental implants by reviewing your dental and medical history with you and examining your teeth. If she feels you are a good candidate for dental implants, you can begin the three-step process to place dental implants (read more here), which are: 

  • The implant or placement: A screw used as the artificial root for your new teeth permanently fuses to your jaw.
  • The abutment: A connector that holds a tooth to the implant.
  • The crown (prosthetic tooth): The artificial tooth is made of zirconium or porcelain for durability. 

First, Dr. Preston will numb your mouth with local anesthesia or give an IV sedation, so there is no pain or discomfort. She then removes any damaged teeth and implants the titanium posts (artificial roots) into your jaw bone through an incision in your gums. Once planted, Dr. Preston closes the gums over the implant. 

Now your mouth needs several weeks or months to heal completely. Over time, your jaw bone grows around the small posts, holding them in place. This bone growth bonding process is called osseointegration.  

While your mouth heals, you may use a temporary crown to help eat and speak normally until the restoration process is complete. You will likely be sent home with pain medications to help with the discomfort.

An abutment is attached to the implant post when the implants have fully fused with the jawbone. The abutment is the metal part that serves as a base for the crown. It connects to your jawbone, while the crown fits on the other end. The abutment rises slightly above the gum line to support the crown. 

When Dr. Preston determines your jaw has healed, she’ll make a mold of your mouth. This mold is to custom-make your artificial teeth to match your existing teeth.

Finally, when your new teeth arrive, Dr. Preston places them securely onto the abutment. Once in place, your new teeth should instantly feel comfortable and natural. Dental implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or complete upper and lower new teeth set (for more info read this). 

Illustration of how Raleigh dental implants look and work

How should I care for dental implants?

It would be best to care for your dental implants the way you care for your natural teeth. You’ll need to:

  • Brush at least twice per day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Avoid chewing hard, non-food objects like pen caps
  • See your dentist twice per year for cleanings
  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Avoid drinks that stain your teeth like coffee, tea, or red wine

What are the benefits of dental implants?

There are many benefits to choosing dental implants. The most obvious is the ability for greater enjoyment of life. Anyone missing teeth understands that they sacrifice confidence and the ability to smile and laugh without covering their mouth in shame. But benefits go beyond this:

  • Improved speech and easier eating: The teeth can slip and slide in the mouth with dentures, causing slurring. With dental implants, you speak and eat without worry.
  • Comfort and convenience: No more embarrassment of removing dentures or the need for glues to keep them in place.
  • Improved oral hygiene: Dental implants don’t require attachment to other teeth, and so, your original teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health.
  • Prevents bone loss and protects remaining teeth: A natural tooth root stimulates the bone surrounding it whenever you bite down or chew. If the tooth is gone, stimulation is lost, and bone recedes. By replacing your tooth root with an implant, stimulation is restored to your jawbone, halting further bone loss and preventing remaining teeth from moving out of position. 

Why Choose VP Dental For Dental Implants in Raleigh, NC

At VP Dental, our team, led by the skilled and compassionate Dr. Preston, is dedicated to providing exceptional dental care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. We take pride in our use of advanced technology, commitment to patient education, and emphasis on personalized care

Dr. Preston’s dental implant placement and restoration expertise will help you regain the natural look and function of your teeth, improving your overall oral health, and restoring your confidence to smile, speak, and eat comfortably


How long does the dental implant process take? 

The process can vary depending on the individual patient’s needs, but generally, it takes a few months from initial consultation to final crown placement

Are dental implants painful? 

Most patients report that the discomfort is less than expected and generally less than a tooth extraction. Pain can typically be managed with overthecounter pain medication

How successful are dental implants? 

Dental implants have a high success rate of 95-98%. Factors affecting success include the patient’s overall health, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits

Does insurance cover dental implants? 

Coverage can vary by provider, so it’s best to check with your insurance company. Our team can assist you in understanding and maximizing your benefits

Am I a good candidate for dental implants? 

Most people who are in good general health and have healthy gums and adequate bone in the jaw to hold an implant are good candidates. Dr. Preston will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine if dental implants are the best solution for you


As your trusted provider for dental implants in Raleigh, NC, VP Dental is ready to assist you on your journey to a more confident, healthier smile. We understand that choosing dental implants is a significant decision, but rest assured, with Dr. Preston and our dedicated team, you’re in the best hands. Your satisfaction, comfort, and wellbeing are our top priorities. We warmly invite you to book a consultation and take the first step towards restoring your oral health and improving your quality of life. We’re excited to welcome you to the VP Dental family

Please do not hesitate to visit our dental office or call (919) 335-4725 to schedule a consultation with our dental implant specialist in Raleigh, NC, today