If you are missing one tooth or many by far the best option to replace them is dental implants. Implant Dentistry of Virginia offers dental implants as a tooth replacement option. 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.
In the past, the common way for single tooth replacement 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 next several 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 tooth replacement 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 one-stage or two-stage system is best for you.
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.
Dental implants may be right for you if:
• 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
Any surgery has some health risks but dental implant problems are rare and if there are any problems, they are usually minor and can be treated easily.
When you have a consultation with our specialist, you can get answers to your questions about tooth replacement. If you are taking any prescription medication or have any chronic medical conditions, you should mention it at that time. Dental implants are the preferred treatment for missing teeth mainly because they contribute to your dental health.