When you lose a tooth, whether it’s due to trauma, decay or some other reason, you want a tooth replacement that will last for years. Fortunately, dental implants can provide this type of permanent solution for many patients.
Dental implants will stay in place much longer than other tooth replacement alternatives, such as fixed permanent bridges. An oral surgeon will place the implant, which looks like a small screw, into the jaw bone, where it will anchor the cap, or artificial tooth.
The implants are made of titanium, a remarkably strong metal that is resistant to corrosion. The implant also mimics the missing tooth’s root, preventing the erosion of the jaw bone. A bridge, which merely replaces the visible portion of the tooth, not the root, does not offer that additional bone preservation.
In addition to replacing missing teeth, implants also help to preserve surrounding teeth as well. With implants, there’s no need to shave down healthy tooth material to place crowns on adjoining teeth. A bridge, on the other hand, requires crowns on neighboring teeth to anchor the device. By precluding bone erosion, the implant also decreases the chances that you’ll lose other nearby teeth, too.
Not only are dental implants enduring, the oral surgeon also can give you a replacement tooth that looks almost like the original. It’s virtually impossible to tell an implant apart from a natural tooth, so you can smile with confidence. Implants are almost identical to natural teeth in function, too. If you choose implants, you won’t have to sacrifice your favorite snacks and meals.
Even if you’re missing more than one tooth, implants can help. It’s possible to replace multiple teeth—in some cases, even secure an entire denture on an upper or lower arch—using implants.
If you are in need of tooth replacement, consider dental implants for a permanent fix. Talk with our experienced and dedicated team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery to see if you are a candidate for this procedure.