When you are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth or a single missing tooth, you must have a basic understanding of the procedure.
A dental implant is made of three pieces: the titanium implant, an abutment, and a crown. The first step of the procedure involves fusing the implant into the jaw bone. Next, an abutment is placed on the implant. Finally, the crown that looks like a natural tooth is attached securely over the abutment.
Patients missing only one tooth can choose a fixed bridge for tooth replacement but this procedure does have some complications. A bridge can damage healthy teeth and will need to be replaced at least once or twice over a lifetime. Partial dentures have similar complications. Both treatments have a 30 percent failure rate within five to seven years of treatment and can potentially lead to a tooth infection.
Dental implants promote overall jaw health and as a result can also improve your general health. They stimulate the jaw bone and look just like natural teeth. In some cases, bone grafting may be needed to support the implant.
Dental implants are an attractive long term option for replacing missing teeth. If you have a tooth infection that has caused tooth loss, you may be a good candidate for implants. Set up your consultation for dental implants in Arlington, VA with Dr. Withers today!
Why Choose Dental Implants?
There are several reasons why you might choose dental implants to replace missing teeth. These include:
• Achieve a beautiful and natural looking smile
• Preserve bone tissue
• Enjoy your favorite foods
• Speak with more confidence
• Feel more comfortable when you smile
• Select a stable, permanent tooth replacement option