Dental implants are small tooth root replacements made from titanium that our dentist can place in your jaw after a tooth has been extracted or lost. Unlike dentures or bridges that rest on the gums, dental implants are placed within the jawbone through a surgical procedure. Once the implants have healed and integrated with the jawbone, they can anchor dental crowns, bridges, or dentures, replacing missing teeth and restoring oral function.
At Allegra Dental Center: Nana Dickson, DDS, and Morgan Floyd, DMD, we recommend dental implants for tooth replacement because they provide the most natural look and best functionality, as well as support jawbone health. The artificial teeth supported by implants do not slip or slide out of place like other tooth replacement options because the dental implant has secured a stronghold in the jaw.
Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Dental Implants?
You are a candidate for implants if you have healthy gums and jawbone tissue. The success of the dental implant procedure depends on the density of the jawbone. If necessary, our dentists can perform a bone grafting procedure to prepare the jawbone for implant placement.
After the implant placement procedure, it is important for patients to commit to a proper oral hygiene regimen that includes brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and maintaining regular dental appointments for cleanings and check-ups.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants look like natural teeth and allow you to bite, chew, and speak normally. Unlike dentures that must be replaced every five to ten years, implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
When teeth are missing, the jawbone may begin to deteriorate because there is no tooth root to stimulate and keep it strong. The bone can eventually weaken to the point where it cannot support an implant post. By replacing missing teeth as soon as possible, you can preserve the strength and structure of your jaw for years to come.
Missing teeth can result in self-consciousness about your appearance and even affect your speech and chewing abilities. Replacing them with natural-looking dental implants can help you feel more confident about your smile and restore much of your lost self-confidence.
Better Oral Health
Along with restoring the appearance of your smile, dental implants can also improve the health of your teeth and gums. When your teeth are missing, your remaining teeth can begin to shift out of alignment, making it more difficult to brush and floss properly. This increases your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, without a complete set of teeth, your facial muscles may begin to sag, making you look older than you are. Dental implants can prevent these problems and improve your overall oral health.
Dental implants look natural, help patients feel confident in their smiles, and restore their ability to eat and speak. Visit Allegra Dental Center: Nana Dickson, DDS, and Morgan Floyd, DMD, at 3040 Williams Dr #201, Fairfax, VA 22031, or call (571) 419-6897 for more information.