High-Quality Dental Implants in Midlothian, Virginia
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium rods surgically inserted into the jawbone. These rods act as artificial roots and provide a permanent base for replacement teeth. Dental implant surgery is the best long-term solution for missing teeth compared to crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dental implants are now the gold standard in tooth replacement because they fit and function like natural teeth. Implants are the best option possible to replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even replace an entire arch of teeth.
A good candidate for dental implant placement will have enough jawbone to support the implant fully. If a patient lacks enough bone, a grafting procedure will need to be performed before the implants. To learn more follow this link.
Why Dr. Simon Recommends Dental Implants
Dental implants provide a solid and robust foundation for replacement teeth. These new teeth look, feel, and perform just like a regular tooth and change how our patients live. Someone who has lost a tooth can regain full ability to eat with that tooth again without the fear of wearing removable dentures.
Dental implants look totally natural and keep your facial contours intact by preventing bone loss when teeth are missing. Dental Implants are the healthiest way to replace missing teeth.
The Anatomy Of A Dental Implant
Three parts make up a dental implant.
- – The implant: a titanium screw surgically inserted into the patient’s jaw bone.
- – The abutment: a small piece nestled between the implant post and the crown ensures a snug fit.
- – Crown: the replacement tooth, which is attached to the implant and matches your natural teeth
Dr. Simon provides local anesthesia to numb the mouth during the implant dentistry procedure to avoid discomfort or pain.
Once the mouth is numbed, a small incision is made into the gums. The implant is screwed into the jawbone in the missing tooth’s location. Once there, Dr. Simon closes the gums over the implant and sends you home to heal.
While at home, a bone growth process called osseointegration starts. Osseointegration is an incredible process where your bone grows around and bonds to the implant rod to make a solid anchor for your new teeth. Basically, the titanium rod becomes part of you. Complete osseointegration can take from two to six months.
When osseointegration is complete, and the implants have fully fused with the bone, the abutment is attached to the implant post. The abutment sits just above the gum line and serves as a base for the new crown. It connects to your new titanium root post, while the crown fits on the other end.
Meanwhile, your new custom teeth are made to match the rest of your teeth perfectly. These new crowns create the most natural look possible and ultimately restore complete appearance and function. Most people won’t notice you have had any work done. Read more here.
Are Dental Implants for Me?
Suppose you’re missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. In that case, you’ve probably been considering your options for tooth replacement. To be a good candidate for dental implants, you need to have the following:
- – A substantial amount of bone in the jaw to support the implant
- – Good overall hygiene of teeth and gums and not be suffering from any conditions which might prevent you from having surgery (no gum tissue disease)
- – You need to be a non-smoker or quit a few weeks before treatment and during the recovery period.
- – A fully developed jaw (over the age of 18)
Do you have Dental Implant Questions?
If you have had tooth loss from infection or an accident and are interested in dental implants, give us a call. Schedule an initial evaluation with Dr. Simon to examine and determine whether you are an eligible candidate for a dental implant treatment plan.
The most important qualification is overall health and sufficient jaw bone. The implant must have enough jaw bone to secure the titanium roots. If by chance, there are any signs of periodontal disease, they will need to be treated before the surgical procedure.
Dental implants are very cost-effective and, if properly cared for, will last many, many years. Placing an implant is straightforward and is a regular treatment here at Virginia Center for Advanced Dentistry.
If you live in Midlothian, VA., or surrounding areas and are interested in a dental implant treatment consultation, please call us, Virginia Center for Advanced Dentistry, at (804) 639-8338 or email us. We look forward to meeting you. We are committed to providing you with the utmost care that your smile requires.