Replacing Teeth with Dental Implants for Charlottesville, VA
Dental Implant Restorations for communities within Albermarle County
So you’re missing a tooth. What’s the big deal? It’s just one and it doesn’t show, so it’s okay to just forget about it, right? The answer is no, and this is why:
When you lose a tooth due to accident, injury, or disease, your risk for other dental problems goes up exponentially. Your teeth and jaw work together to provide the ability to bite and chew comfortably. These forces are spread evenly over the surface of all teeth. When you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth must compensate rebalancing the load. This causes shifting and moving of adjacent teeth and can leave your smile looking and feeling completely different. This rebalancing can also cause tension in the facial and jaw muscles, leading to pain and headaches.
But that’s not all. Your jawbone has a specific purpose, and that’s to anchor your teeth roots. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone also loses its function. This leads to atrophy which in turn leads to additional tooth loss. In fact, patients who lose a single tooth are at risk of losing up to four adjacent teeth within a few years.
Missing teeth can cause speech problems, make eating nutritious food difficult, and cause anxiety and self-consciousness. Don’t let tooth loss ruin your smile or your quality of life. Talk to Dr. Lippard about dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of a small titanium post and a dental crown. The implant post is inserted under the gum and into jaw during a short oral surgery. The jawbone then accepts the biocompatible post, growing around it in a process called osseointegration. This provides a solid foundation for your dental implant. Once healed, the dental implant is topped with a handcrafted crown.
Dental implants require good oral health and a minimum amount of bone in order to heal properly. This means that not all patients are candidates for dental implants. If you do qualify for the dental implant procedure, Dr. Lippard will coordinate your oral surgery and after care with a trusted oral surgeon colleague. The final dental implant restoration will be provided here in our Charlottesville dentistry practice.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental Implants are a modern replacement tooth option. With dental implants, you can restore not only the look of your smile, but also oral health. Dental implants allow you to speak more clearly, eat hard-to-chew foods, and retain jawbone mass. In fact, dental implants are the preferred method of tooth replacement because they closely mimic nature’s design.
If you need replacement tooth options, such as crown and bridgework or dental implants, contact us. Dr. Lippard provides personalized care for patients from Ivy, Crozet, and the greater Charlottesville area, including Barracks, Belmont, Oak Terrace, and UVA. We look forward to helping you regain your complete and confident smile.