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Middlesex County, Virginia Implant Dentist - Middle Peninsula, Virginia Implant Dentist-Saluda, Virginia - Eric N. Miller, DDS

Dental implants are a great way to replace  a single or multiple missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution eliminating the need for a removable partial or complete denture.  If you already have a complete or removable partial denture, dental implants can also be used as an excellent way to stablize them making you able to eat more foods without the need for messy adhesives.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist with specialized implant training.  The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last longer than most other tooth replacement options with the least long term complications.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
  • Stabilize the jawbone decreasing long term boneloss in the areas where the implants are placed.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants usually requires a number of visits over several months but sometimes can be accomplished in as little as a single visit. 

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.  Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.  With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor.  Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.  After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed.  Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.

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