Natural-looking enhancements for your smile
Replicating the natural function and appearance of lost teeth can be a difficult task. In the past, dentures or bridge restorations were commonly used as replacements with limited success. With the emergence of dental implant technology, however, this is no longer an unachievable goal.
Dental implants are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth that are able to provide the same function as your natural tooth root. They are often used in conjunction with dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures.
Candidates with healthy gums and adequate bone support may consider receiving dental implants at the Williamsburg Center for Dental Health for one or many of the following reasons:
- To replace one or more teeth
- To provide support for a partial denture
- To enhance chewing comfort and confidence
- To improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile
You may have thought that only an oral surgeon can do implants, but here at WCDH, we have done hundreds. We use safe CBCT imaging, computerized technology that identifies any problems or challenges that need attention and shows us precisely where to put the implant.
FAQ: DENTAL IMPLANTS IN WILLIAMSBURG, VA
As your trusted dentist in Williamsburg, VA, our entire team is here to help you choose the appropriate option for your restorative dentistry treatment. If you are interested in dental implants, our team is happy to consult with you regarding this option. Our dental implants offer several benefits to patients looking to replace one or more teeth. Here are some answers to common questions we get asked regarding dental implants:
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is composed of three parts. The first part of your dental implant is a surgically implanted titanium post that fuses together with your jawbone. This post, once properly healed, will give your restoration the functionality of tooth roots. After the post has healed, an abutment will be added to it which will connect the post to your dental crown. Finally, a dental crown will be placed on top of the abutment to fully restore the aesthetics and functionality of your tooth.
What are some of the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are the premier method of tooth replacement. When you choose dental implants for your tooth restoration, you get to enjoy tooth-root functionality which means no dietary restrictions or extra steps in your oral hygiene routine. Your dental implant will look, feel, and function like your natural tooth without compromising your surrounding teeth as a dental bridge does.
Will my implant blend in with my smile?
Yes. One of the best aspects of dental implants is their ability to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. You get to enjoy natural tooth aesthetics with dental implants. They are topped off with a dental crown that is designed custom to your smile, and color-matched to your surrounding teeth.
What is the difference between a dental bridge and dental implant?
When considering a tooth restoration, dental bridges and dental implants are common suggestions. Dental bridges are not surgically implanted like dental implants are. This means that they require the support of your surrounding teeth to hold the prosthetic tooth in place. Because dental bridges are externally held in place, you will need to add some steps to your daily oral hygiene routine to make sure that you are keeping the dental bridge clean. With dental implants, most of the restoration is contained underneath your soft tissues, meaning that once you’ve healed from a dental implant, you can care for it just like you would your natural teeth.
How long does the healing process take for dental implants?
To allow for the post to properly fuse together with your jawbone, you should expect 3-6 months of healing before the abutment and crown can be attached. While this may seem like a longer wait time for a tooth restoration, it is well worth the wait. After your post has successfully fused together with your jawbone, you will have a fully functioning restored tooth.