Tooth loss is a serious medical problem that should never be ignored. In addition to altering your appearance, losing a permanent tooth is also going to increase your risk of dozens of different oral health complications. That is why it is so important to treat this condition as quickly as possible. Our team can help you restore the form and function of your smile with advanced dental implants that look and feel just like your natural teeth. Immediately following your final appointment, you will once again be able to smile, eat, and speak with confidence. Let the team at Implant Dentistry of Virginia fill the gap left by your missing tooth.
The Importance of Treating Tooth Loss
Many patients are surprised to hear that all of their teeth actually support one another. When a tooth is lost or extracted, the nearby teeth will no longer be as stable. Over the course of a few months, those teeth are going to shift around and become dislodged. That might eventually result in dental fractures, bone loss, facial deformations, periodontal disease, and other serious health problems. In most cases, we suggest immediate treatment for a missing tooth.
Even if you aren’t ready for implants, you will still need to partially restore your smile. Removable dentures and bridges might be needed until your gums and jaws are healthy enough for implants. During your initial consultation, we will carefully inspect your mouth for any secondary complications that might need to be treated first. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for implants, then we will most likely suggest getting them right away.
A dental implant is an advanced restorative device that perfectly mimics the natural, missing tooth. A titanium rod is implanted into the open socket where the old tooth used to be. Your bone then forms a connection with the rod in a process known as osseointegration. Once the rod has fully fused with the bone, we can attach an abutment and a false crown. The crown itself will be made custom so that it perfectly matches the size and shape of your other teeth.
Using Implants with Dentures
Patients who have lost multiple teeth might want to take a closer look at fixed dentures. Traditional dentures adhere to the outside of the gums, and they aren’t very stable while inside the mouth. They must also be taken out at least once or twice a day in order to be cleaned. Fixed dentures, on the other hand, are anchored to the jaws with multiple implant rods. Once the dentures have been attached to the implants, they will feel just like your natural teeth.
Restore Your Smile Today
We believe that no one should ever struggle with an incomplete smile. Our team has helped countless patients restore their smiles after they have lost permanent teeth, and some of our devices last a lifetime with the proper care. Within a few weeks of your first appointment, you could once again have a full set of beautiful teeth. Contact Dr. Adam M. Hogan at Implant Dentistry of Virginia today to schedule your initial consultation!