Dental Implants in Charlottesville, VA
As your trusted restorative dentist, Dr. Harrison is happy to provide dental implants at his Charlottesville dentist office. They are the best option available to treat tooth loss. We handle the entire dental implant process from the comforts of our office. You are guaranteed to receive consistent, quality care without needing to involve several additional doctors.
The Dental Implant Process: How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants take the place of your missing tooth from the root up. Receiving an implant supported dental prosthesis will take a couple of months to complete. During the first step, your dentist will insert the dental implants into the jaw bone during an oral surgery procedure.
The surgeon places a titanium or zirconium implant post into the jawbone tissue. Here, they will act as teeth roots and support your new teeth. After the oral surgery, you will need to wait a couple of weeks for your jawbone and gums to heal over the dental implant.
The dentist caps your dental implants with abutments after the healing period. Now they are ready for your dentist to restore them with your permanent new teeth.
If you are missing a single tooth, your dentist will cap the dental implant with a dental crown. For several missing teeth in a row, they will use a dental bridge. If you are missing all of your teeth or most of them, your dentist will secure a custom partial or full denture.
Your new dental restoration will blend in with your existing teeth. It will also restore full function to your smile. Your dental implant supported prosthesis will function just like normal teeth. You can bite and chew with it and simply brush it and take care of it the same you care for your natural teeth.
DENTAL IMPLANT BENEFITS
We find that patients enjoy the long term benefits of dental implants. They are the best restorative dentistry option that resemble your natural teeth. A dental implant helps patients fully restore their chewing and speaking patterns. They do not require dietary restrictions or the support of surrounding teeth. In most cases, you will not even need to add additional steps to your oral hygiene routine. A dental implant restored restoration will give you back your full quality of life.
What Should I Expect After the Implant Surgical Procedure?
The healing process for a dental implant procedure typically takes around three months. The titanium post has to fully fuse with your jawbone. It creates the tooth-root functionality dental implants are known for. Once the post is fully healed, we will attach an abutment to it and then secure a custom dental crown on top of the abutment to create a fully restored tooth.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Implants Treatment?
Dental implants offer patients the complete restoration of a missing tooth. Unlike a dental bridge, a dental implant is surgically implanted into your jawbone giving you the tooth-root functionality that you won’t get with other options.
This means easier oral hygiene care as well as no dietary restrictions. Dental implants don’t need support from surrounding teeth. No healthy teeth are compromised to hold the implant in place.
How Should I Care For My Dental Implant?
During the healing process, make sure to keep the affected area clean. Saltwater rinses are great to encourage fast healing while also ensuring the area remains clean.
Once the dental implant process is complete, you can care for the implant just as you would a natural tooth. Continue to brush, floss, and schedule regular oral health and wellness visits with your local dentist to ensure optimal dental health for you and your dental implant.
Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Good candidates for dental implants have to be in overall good health to undergo the surgical component. Any oral health problems must receive treatment before moving forward with the implant process.
Proper bone density is a necessity as well. Bone loss occurs when a tooth is missing. But implants need enough healthy bone structure to be stable. If you don’t have adequate bone density, you may need a bone graft before treatment.
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