Dental Implants are artificial tooth roots that are commonly used to hold replacement teeth or bridges. Implants can also be used to anchor dentures. They are made from titanium and other materials that are well accepted by the body. Dental implants are an excellent option for individuals that have lost one or more permanent teeth from injury, periodontal disease or other causes.
Implants provide an extremely strong foundation for both fixed and removable replacement teeth. Dental implants allow our Charlottesville patients to eat, speak, smile and live with confidence. They help maintain bone structure and prevent natural teeth from shifting out of position.
Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss due to injuries, tooth decay and periodontal disease. Bone loss begins the moment a natural tooth is lost. In fact, the jawbone can recede as much as one quarter of an inch during the first year. Without proper support from the teeth and facial bones, the face can appear much older. Dental implants prevent bone loss, allowing you to maintain your youthful appearance.
Good candidates for dental implants include individuals with good general and oral health. Since adequate bone in the jaw is required to support the implant, gum tissue must be healthy and free from periodontal disease.
Caring for Dental Implants
Careful oral hygiene is essential for the success of dental implants. The implant and the area around it must be kept clean. Failure to do so can increase your risk for gum disease which can weaken the bone and tissues needed to support the implant.
Dental implants should be treated as natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing and dental visits are essential to good oral health. Dental implants must be monitored to ensure that the surrounding teeth and gums remain healthy.
Dental implants are an extremely effective, attractive and safe way to fill the gaps in your smile. Our experienced dental team can help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.