In the past, your only choice for missing teeth was either a bridge or dentures by themselves, but now dentists internationally choose dental implants for their patients for long-term tooth replacement. Dr. James Burden is both knowledgeable and highly trained with extensive education in dental implants, and provides a complimentary consultation at our Williamsburg, VA, to discuss your solutions for replacing any missing teeth and the benefits of dental implants.
What exactly is a dental implant? Quite simply, a dental implant is a replacement tooth. It looks, feels and acts like a natural tooth, anchored by a titanium post (the root) and a crown. The implant is placed first (often following extraction), then an abutment (metal connecting piece) and temporary crown placed on the post until the gums heal. Once healed, the permanent crown will be affixed.
As well as for single-tooth replacement, dental implants can be used with either a dental bridge or dentures to create stable restorations for multiple missing teeth.
Our patients say they can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and a dental implant.
When dental implants were first introduced, only generally healthy patients with the right amount of jawbone were considered as candidates for implants. After over fifty years of research, state-of-the-art technology has reached a point where the implant process is minimally invasive and suitable for almost anyone.
Our patients say they can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and a dental implant. Dental implants can last a lifetime and can be cleaned like regular teeth. They also have the same chewing power as natural teeth.
If you have missing teeth and you leave them missing, you will progressively lose bone density where you tooth was. This is because the jawbone needs the stimulation of chewing on teeth to maintain its density. Implants placed in your jawbone act as natural teeth and provide that stimulation.
With multiple missing teeth (even those supported by dentures) the height between the tip of the nose and chin can decrease, as bone mass decreases, causing dramatic facial changes. Those changes include wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips, increased curvature of the lips and sagging skin. This makes a person look far older than their true age. Dental implants prevent bone loss.
When there is a gap between teeth, the other teeth shift towards that gap, pulling them out of place. This affects the alignment of your teeth and your bite and can affect your chewing ability. It can also lead to problems with your TMJ (temporomandibular joint).
Dental implants can be used to replace all your missing teeth, as well as to anchor in a denture. In this case, Dr. Burden generally places a minimum of four implants on the lower arch and six on the upper arch. This creates a stable denture that is comfortable, dispenses with adhesives and allows you to eat what you want.
If you are deciding between traditional dentures or dental implants/implant-supported dentures, there are some things to consider.
Choosing a bridge may be an economic decision, however, there are some other things you should think about before you make your final decision. When considering choosing a bridge over dental implants, ask Dr. Burden what his recommendation would be. Here are some things to think about:
Dental implants offer significant advantages over traditional tooth loss solutions. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, call our office at (757) 229-1224 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.
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