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Dental Implants

Dental Implants are the modern solutions for tooth loss.  Whatever the reason for your missing tooth or teeth- periodontitis, tooth decay, or injury- Sensational Smiles of Charleston can help.  Dr. Richard Rutecki is a full service dentist who places implants and will  restore them as well to enhance the look of your smile through this procedure.  This is an important fact as oral surgeons generally place implants but do not complete the restoration process, and most general dentists will restore implants only after placement by someone else.  Here you will receive the whole process from start to finish in one location.  This cuts out any miscommunication between providers as well as reduced trips to multiple offices reducing total treatment time.

An astounding number of patients with missing teeth prefer restoration thourgh this means, and it may be time you consider doing the same.  Here's a quick discussion on implants and why it may be the solution you need.

Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots surgically implanted into the jaw, and act as an anchor to support restorations.  Over the course of a few months, the appliance naturally intergrates into your jawbone.  This aspect alone makes it sturdier and more reliable than conventional dentures or bridges.  The procedure is simple and results in beautiful implants that look and feel just like natural teeth.  Implants can function as single tooth replacement, which has a crown cemented on top of it much the same as crowning a real tooth.  The key fact here is that a missing tooth restored this way is a long-term solution.  Implants and their crowns do not get future cavities like conventional crowns or bridges.  Implants may also function to support single crowns, full mouth bridges, and also to retain dentures or partials.

Challenging Implant placement (narrow bone, close to nerve or sinus) is obtainable through the use of Guided Surgical Implant Guides.  This is engineered by Dr. Rutecki combining 3D CBCT X-rays and Digital Cerec scanning of your teeth to 3D print (in-office) a custom made surgical guide.  Your custom made surgical implant guide snaps over your teeth to accurately guide the whole sequence of implant placement!

Call today to schedule a consult to discuss options available for you.  Here, you are an integral part of all decision making.  After all, it's your mouth!




CEREC Crowns

CEREC crowns are one of most innovative dental technologies to ever emerge. With CEREC crowns, you don't have to worry about messy impressions, temporary dental crowns, or multiple dental visits. CEREC crowns are made right in the dentist's office and are placed in just one visit. CEREC crowns look great, too. Made of pure porcelain and no metal, CEREC crowns look and feel like your real teeth. The convenience, comfort and beauty of CEREC crowns are unbeatable!

In-Office CT Scan (3D Cone Beam)

More and more orthodontists, oral surgeons and other dental specialists are using a new dental imaging technology called 3D cone beam scans – and for good reason. 3D cone beam scans produce high-quality 3D images of teeth, teeth roots, jaws and even the skull. These 3D images allow dental professionals to identify potential problems that oftentimes go unnoticed with traditional dental images. 3D cone beam scans have benefits for patients, too: they emit far less radiation than traditional dental X-rays!

In-Office CT Scan (CAD CAM)

Dental visits will never be the same, thanks to the development of high-tech dental technologies such as the CAD CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing). With CAD CAM technology, dentists can take high-quality images of the teeth and use those images to design a premium dental restoration on a computer – all in one visit! CAD CAM takes less time, reduces discomfort and produces outstanding results.