If you are missing one tooth or many, by far the best option to replace them is dental implants. They will function and appear like your natural teeth and they have the ability to replace your tooth root and bond with the jawbone so that the bone is better preserved. It’s one of the most popular tooth replacement procedure options out there, and for good reason.
In the past, the common way to replace a single tooth was a tooth-supported bridge. This requires the teeth next to the gap to be ground down to create a platform for the bridge. Along with this, the gums around the bridge can recede, exposing the metal base. Over time, the bone below the bridge can deteriorate because it is not getting exercise through chewing.
The first step for installing an implant is placing a small screw-like post into the jawbone. The implant forms a bond with the bone over the following months and this will create a strong support for the artificial tooth. In some cases, a temporary tooth may be fitted over the artificial root during the bonding period if needed.
The second step of the procedure is to uncover the implant and fix a cap-like extension, which completes the foundation where the new tooth will be fitted. Following this, a few weeks will be needed to allow your gums to heal. Some implant systems do not require this second step because the extension piece is already attached. Our specialist may advise you if a one-stage or two-stage system is best for your tooth replacement procedure.
The last step is for our dentist to make a replacement tooth called a crown to be attached to the small metal screw. When this is completed, you may feel restored confidence in your ability to speak and chew. You may even forget you ever lost a tooth because the implant feels and looks so natural.
This tooth replacement procedure may be right for you if you:
• Have a jawbone that’s fully grown
• Have one or more missing teeth
• Have healthy oral tissues
• Don’t have health conditions that will affect bone healing
• Have enough bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft
• Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
• Want to improve your speech
When you have a consultation with our specialist at Implant Dentistry of Virginia, you can get answers to your questions about this tooth replacement procedure. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Virginia Beach!