There are times where preventive dentistry isn’t enough to keep your smile looking beautiful. When cosmetic or restorative dentistry isn’t an option, Stephens City, VA dental office Gentle Family Dentistry offers tooth replacement with dental implants. Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option in many cases, so if you are considering implants, call us today.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that your dentist places into your jawbone in the place of a missing tooth. Once the implant is in place and has fused with your jawbone, your dental team tops it with a restoration such as a crown to complete your smile.
Why Choose Implants?
Dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement option for many of our patients. When a permanent tooth is lost, bone loss quickly follows. When bone loss occurs, many patients experience a change in their bite, sagging facial features, and a shifting of their remaining teeth. With dental implants, we are able to stop bone loss and restore the appearance and function to the tooth. Implants are also the longest-lasting and most natural-looking dental restoration available. Once your implant is fully healed, it will look and feel just like a normal tooth.
Single Tooth Replacement
Replacing a single missing tooth with a single dental implant is a common procedure for our team. With single tooth replacements, we place a small titanium implant into your jaw and give it time to heal. Over a period of a few months, the implant and jawbone will fuse together, providing a solid base for a dental crown. Our team will design a crown for you that fits perfectly among your remaining teeth and keeps your bite functioning properly. The crown will also blend in with the surrounding teeth, giving you a beautiful smile again.
An implant-supported bridge provides replacement for multiple teeth in a row. At each end of the gap, we place an implant into the jawbone to provide a solid base for a bridge. The bridge itself consists of a crown bonded to each implant and replacement teeth in between the two end implants. It literally “bridges the gap” created by multiple missing teeth. Because the crowns on either end of the bridge are bonded to the dental implants, an implant-supported bridge is a permanent tooth replacement.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
When you’re missing some or all of your teeth, full and partial dentures can help you get back to doing all the things you love with ease again. Partial dentures are ideal for patients who are missing some teeth, but have other healthy teeth remaining between the gaps. Full dentures replace an entire arch – upper or lower – and give you back the ability to eat and speak like normal again. Both options are removable appliances, and it takes a few visits with our team to get your dentures looking and feeling just right. If you’re missing teeth and think dentures might be right for you, come in for a consultation with our team.
The Gentle Family Dentistry team is here to help you get a healthy, beautiful smile with dental implants. If you’re in need of tooth replacement, call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our Stephens City, VA dentists. Together, we will develop a plan that addresses your concerns and achieves your smile goals.