Premium Dental Implants at Our Centreville, VA Practice
If you have a missing tooth, it’s important to fill the vacant spot to prevent further dental issues. If the space stays open, the other teeth will shift out of place to fill the area, causing bite problems, changes in appearance, and even additional tooth loss. Bridges and dentures are excellent solutions to restoring your lost tooth or teeth, but a truly exceptional choice is dental implants. The Centreville, VA patients of Skinner and Ossakow DDS have the long-term option of dental implants to resolve your tooth loss effectively.
Dental Implant Benefits & Procedure
The benefits of dental implants include full restoration of a missing tooth or teeth that’s permanent and highly-effective for chewing, speaking, and smiling with confidence. Much like crowns and bridges, a dental implant keeps the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position and causing further dental problems. However, unlike bridges and dentures, it restores your teeth and preserves the jawbone. After a tooth is lost, the jawbone that supported it degrades, changing your bite and appearance, and even causing additional tooth loss. With implants, the post stabilizes the bone and prevents loss. You might wonder about the process for dental implants. Here’s what you can expect:
- The dentist implants a titanium post through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. Titanium is lightweight, strong, and biocompatible. It also fuses to the bone as the implants heal.
- After the gums have healed and the posts have fused to the jawbone, the dentist attaches abutments to the ends of the posts to hold the crowns, or replacement teeth, in place.
- The specially-made crowns have been fabricated to look exactly like your natural teeth and fit precisely in the vacant spot for a natural appearance, feel, and function. The crowns are connected to the abutments for a secure hold.
- Once we finish the dental implant procedure, you’ll have a fully functional set of teeth again. Be sure to keep up with regular brushing and flossing, attend your scheduled dental checkups and teeth cleaning, and avoid biting or chewing on ice, hard foods, or hard objects.
Get a Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Skinner and Ossakow DDS is ready to help you restore your smile after tooth loss with dental implants for a safe and effective treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment, and our dentists will discuss your options for restorative dentistry in our Centreville, VA dental office.