Have you lost a tooth? Not seeking treatment for an absent tooth could result in a complete change in your bite, which can ultimately create other complications. A gap-ridden mouth may affect your self-image as well. Fortunately for patients in the Lynchburg, Virginia area, Dr. James M. Peery, Jr. and Dr. James M. Peery III might be able to help! Dental implants can offer a stable, permanent way to fill in your smile, and they can also rejuvenate your overall appearance. Not everyone qualifies to get a dental implant, however, so please call Peery Family Dentistry today to learn if you can receive this restorative therapy.
A dental implant is actually a tiny screw, which is placed in the socket of the absent tooth. Over time, the bone there will fuse with your dental implant to form an artificial tooth root. A dental implant candidate needs to have a strong jaw in order for the implantation to be successful. The team at Peery Family Dentistry will evaluate you prior to planning your dental implant procedure. Once it's been determined that you do meet all our requirements, Dr. Peery will be able to proceed with your treatment.
Because we care about our patients’ comfort and safety as much as we do the precision of implant placement, we utilize a 3D CT scan to achieve unparalleled accuracy in guided surgery. In many instances, the placement process can be completed without even making an incision.
Tooth loss does not only prevent you from enjoying the foods you love. It also results in neighboring teeth shifting inwards to compensate for the additional space. This only increases the risk of gaps in your smile, misalignment, and even gum disease. By placing an implant, you prevent this shift and keep your smile in a healthier and straighter position.
Additionally, teeth are responsible for stimulating the jawbone. If the jaw is missing teeth, the alveolar bone responsible for keeping your biting force strong begins to deteriorate. Since dental implants are intended to replace the root of teeth, you’ll prevent the bone from deteriorating and keep your biting force as strong as possible.
Finally, dental implants are designed to last longer than any other form of tooth replacement. With a lifespan lasting as long as 25 years to a lifetime and a success rate as high as 98 percent after 10 years of use, it’s difficult to argue that traditional bridges or dentures will offer a more effective long-term replacement.
Since there are many ways to effectively replace teeth via dental implants, you’ll want to go over our options prior to your visit!
Replacing a single tooth involves just one titanium implant and one all-porcelain crown. Thanks to titanium’s biocompatibility, there’s no worry of whether or not your jaw’s organic structures will effectively bond with your prosthetic root. An all-porcelain crown ensures that your new tooth blends in with your smile and looks natural.
Traditional bridges can be custom-made to fit on top of dental implants. What’s great about implant-retained bridges is that they don’t require the removal of tooth structure to place, which is always the case for traditional bridges. Just two implants are needed to hold a two- or three-crown bridge.
Those who currently use dentures will be excited to learn that just four to six implants can be used to retain a full arch of teeth. It doesn’t matter if you’re replacing the top or the bottom arch, implants can effectively hold your denture better than the natural suction of your gums.
Since there are many factors to take into account, it’s difficult to give an exact cost for your dental implant treatment. For example, the number of implants you need will largely affect the total cost, as well as the type of restoration. If you need preparatory treatments, including a bone graft or sinus lift, to become eligible for implants, these will affect total cost as well.
Even if your treatment comes at a high price, it’s important to consider the fact that despite this, dental implants are still regarded as the most cost-effective solution for tooth loss. This is because they don’t require the same level of maintenance as other solutions, nor do they require replacement as often. In fact, proper care can dramatically increase your chances of making them last a lifetime.
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. Does visiting the dentist make you nervous? We have sedation dentistry methods that can help you relax. Just ask our staff about the service when you call! We see dental implant patients from Lynchburg, Miller Park, Montview, Madison Heights, Woodland, and other Virginia towns.