Dr. Ben Lambeth, DDS & Dr. Megumi Lambeth, DDS

310 East Main St., Suite 335 | Carrboro, NC 27510

Important information regarding COVID-19

How Do Dental Implants Work?

dental implant model illustrating the procedure

If you are missing one or multiple teeth, you can have your smile restored with dental implants. What are they? Dental implants are small posts that go into your jawbone, replacing tooth roots, so restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures can fit on top. The benefit of dental implants is that they provide a steady foundation for restorations, so they feel natural. Here’s what else you should know:

Most People with Missing Teeth Are Candidates for Dental Implants

Most people are able to get dental implants if they need them, though there are certain things we’ll look for here at Milltown Family Dentistry. To qualify for implants, you will need good jawbone density, so the posts have good support, as well as good oral health. It also helps if you don’t smoke, you haven’t been treated with medications that might suppress your immune system, and you don’t have any autoimmune diseases.

The Implant Process Takes Up to Six Months

Once we put in your dental implants, it can take up to six months for the post to fully fuse with your jawbone. After that, a custom tooth restoration is designed to attach to the implant, and at your next appointment, the dental restoration is fit and connected.

Dental Implant Restorations Depend on Your Specific Needs

The kind of restoration you get depends on how many teeth you’re missing. A dental crown is usually the best option for replacing single teeth, while dental bridges are used for one missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, dentures are the way to go. At your consultation with Dr. Lambeth, you’ll learn what the best option is for you.

Dental Implants Are Safe

Dental implants are safe and effective, though not without risks. A loose dental implant can cause problems, which is why it’s so important to go to a qualified doctor like Dr. Lambeth and the team at Milltown Family Dentistry. After the implant procedure, you will likely feel some discomfort, which an over-the-counter pain reliever can take care of. There might also be some bruising. Within 1-3 days following surgery, most patients feel normal and return to their routines.

Dental Implants at Milltown Family Dentistry

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be the best way to get your smile back. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lambeth to learn more!

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To Our Valued Patients:
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it's both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to ensure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency's recommendations.

We are excited to fully OPEN for patient care again on May 20th. There will be several modifications to our protocol as we transition. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. For example:

  1. You will be screened beforehand (via telephone) and again when you arrive for your appointment. If you have missed an appointment during the recent closure, we will be reaching out to you to reschedule. Please be patient as it may take time to address the current backlog.
  2. We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  3. Our waiting area has been modified to eliminate unnecessary items at risk for cross-contamination, such as magazines and our beverage station. An air purifier has also been installed, as well as in every operatory.
  4. Since appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients, you may be offered fewer options for appointments.
  5. We plan to allow more time between appointments to reduce traffic. Please check-in from your car via phone and wait in your car until you are called, at which point you will be taken directly to your treatment room. We also ask that adults consider coming to appointments alone. For children, we ask that only one adult come with them to their appointment.
  6. We have worked diligently to abide by all current and updated PPE (personal protective equipment) standards per the recommendations of the ADA, CDC, and OSHA. You may recognize these changes during interactions with staff.
  7. In keeping with these recommendations, all patients and family members are asked to wear a mask/face covering to all office visits. Unfortunately, we do not have the extra PPE to supply our patients, so please bring your own.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call 919-590-5450 or visit our contact page. Thank you for your cooperation!

Dr. Ben and Megumi Lambeth