A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is surgically embedded in your jaw just like a tooth root; an abutment that connects the implant and visible portion of your new tooth; and the restoration that can be a porcelain crown, a bridge or a denture. Unlike other tooth replacement options—crown and bridge, a partial or a full denture—dental implants substitute for the root as well as the crown of a missing tooth.
No, not at all. In fact, most patients report that having implant surgery is no more uncomfortable or time-consuming that repairing a cavity. Your implant dentist in 24501 will anesthetize the site. Once work begins, you may feel some pressure, but there won’t be any pain.
To ensure the correct placement of your dental implants, our dentists use a 3D CT scan to guide the surgical plan. With the clarity of these images, we can precisely place your implants. Each one is strategically positioned along the jaw in order to give you the most stable anchor for your new tooth restoration.
There may be some slight discomfort after the implant is surgically embedded. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen should help. You may also want to chew on the other side of your mouth and stick to a diet of soft foods such as yogurt, applesauce, mashed potatoes, eggs and pasta for a day or two.
Most people need a few months to heal. During this time, the implant and surrounding bone integrate to form a stable anchor for your eventual tooth restoration. Once you’ve healed completely, you’ll return to Peery Family Dentistry to have a crown, bridge or denture attached to the implant.
Dental implants do cost more than other tooth replacements. However, you cannot consider cost alone when deciding whether or not implants are right for you. First, a correctly placed dental implant can last for your entire lifetime. Dentures will eventually need to relined as your gum ridge changes and replacement will become necessary, too, making them more expensive over time. In addition, dental implants help prevent jawbone deterioration, which is something no other prosthetic can do. The implant stimulates healthy new bone tissue growth so you facial structure remains the same.
If you'd like to learn more about our dental implants or if you're ready to schedule a consultation, please call Peery Family Dentistry today. We see dental implant patients from Lynchburg, Miller Park, Montview, Madison Heights, Woodland, and other Virginia towns.