Dental Implants

dental implants for tooth replacement
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Are you considering dental implants for tooth replacement? If so, you might have questions. If you are missing a tooth/teeth, you could face many other issues--both with the rest of your mouth and with your mental health. Implants are also a great option for those who don't want to use dentures or other forms of prosthetics anymore.

Dental implants are a safe, effective, and appealing way to avoid any complications that may come with missing teeth. Dental implants have been used for decades, and this treatment is now relied upon by many dental specialists and surgeons alike. People of any age can be considered for dental implants, whether the missing teeth are due to disease, decay, or just injury. 

Dental implants are a unique treatment option that presents distinct advantages when compared to other tooth replacement options. Once dental implants are stable and their permanent restorations are attached, people can enjoy a durable, lifelike replacement tooth that can withstand the forces associated with chewing and biting food. Dental implants allow people to enjoy a variety of foods without discomfort or prosthetics moving.

A dental implant is made from titanium. This metal is used because it is biocompatible with the body. When a dental implant is embedded into the bone, it will eventually be stabilized when bone integrates around the implant’s structure. Bone will support the dental implant the same way it supports the roots of teeth. If you don't have enough bone to support the implant, you may need to address your bone deficiency first and move on from there. Once your implants are in, they can help prevent loss of jawbone in that area of your mouth. Dentures can actually accelerate bone loss!

The most common restoration attached to a dental implant is a dental crown. A crown is the perfect restoration for single tooth replacement. This is because a crown is tooth-shaped and made to accommodate the unique oral anatomy of a patient so that his or her replacement tooth looks and feels natural. A dental bridge can also be attached to dental implants to replace a few missing consecutive teeth. Restorations attached to dental implants can be made from different kinds of materials including porcelain and metal. White restorations made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal make for beautiful replacement teeth.

Implants are considered easy to care for because they are treated the same way one would treat his or her natural teeth. Dental implants are brushed and flossed just like biological teeth. Unlike dentures, implants are completely permanent, so it's essential to treat them like you would treat the rest of your teeth! If you properly care for your implants, they should last the rest of your life. Those with implants should keep regular appointments for checkups and cleanings. After receiving dental implants, you will notice immediately improved eating habits and an overall improved bite. 

If you are interested in implant dentistry, call Charlottesville Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon.