Tooth loss is never a good thing. Fortunately, however, with modern dental implants from Capital Dental Design in Richmond, VA, you can still enjoy a beautiful smile and full dental function. Small titanium implants are replacement tooth roots that will heal and integrate with the structure of your jawbone. Thus, they can provide a permanent base for a dental restoration. Implants can support single crowns, bridges, and even full dentures. Whatever type of prosthetic you receive, Dr. Graham Forbes will make sure that it is very lifelike and matches the overall contours of your face. Plus, it will never slip out of place, and the implants will protect your long-term oral health.
Are You a Candidate for Implants?
If you have lost one or more teeth, you are likely a candidate for dental implants. Implant surgery is virtually risk-free for qualified patients. Nevertheless, if you struggle with an autoimmune disease, bleeding disorder, diabetes, or related condition, a traditional restoration may be more appropriate for you.
Before recommending implants, Dr. Forbes will also consider your jawbone density. Your jaw provides needed support for implants. Therefore, if you have sustained bone recession, there is a risk that your implants will loosen or fail. On the other hand, bone grafting is becoming quite common, so more patients are able to receive implants than ever before.
What to Expect from the Implants Procedure
As with all of our dental services, you will first have a consultation with Dr. Forbes. At this time, he will determine your candidacy for implants and begin planning your treatment. With ultramodern imaging, he will carefully examine your jawbone to find the strongest, densest places for the posts. When you are ready for the surgery itself, Dr. Forbes will administer local anesthesia and, typically, IV sedation. Then he will create small incisions in your gums. Through the openings, he can place the implants, firmly securing them in your jawbone.
Recovering from Implants Surgery
A full recovery from dental implant surgery will typically take four to six months, although discomfort should subside within a week or so. During this initial period, you will need to get plenty of rest and eat a soft diet.
As your recovery progresses, your jawbone will seal around the implants so that they become permanent fixtures in your mouth. You will not receive your final restoration until this process is complete, but we can provide a lifelike temporary one in the meantime. When you have fully healed, Dr. Forbes will attach small abutment pieces to the implants. These pieces will then connect to your new crown, bridge, or denture. Our lab will craft your restoration with the utmost precision, using state-of-the-art materials. Thus, it will match the shape, color, and sparkle of your natural teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
If you are weighing your restorative dentistry options, there are numerous of reasons to choose dental implants. They offer cosmetic, functional, and health benefits that no other restorative treatment can provide.
- Implants will never move around in your mouth. If you are used to wearing dentures or a removable bridge, you will be amazed at the difference implants can make in your appearance and self-confidence.
- Your restoration will sit securely in your mouth, following the edge of your gum line. You will not have to deal with a plastic base or messy adhesives.
- Thanks to their stability, implants will restore virtually all of your dental function. You can enjoy a varied diet without worrying that your favorite foods will damage your prosthetic.
- Implants will emit the same regenerative signals as your natural roots. Accordingly, they can promote new tissue growth, stop jaw recession, and prevent further tooth loss.
Schedule an Implants Consultation at Capital Dental Design Today
If you are struggling with the effects of tooth loss, implants can restore both your smile and your sense of confidence. Contact our office online to find out if you are a candidate. You can also book an appointment by calling (804) 320-8894