Dental Implants in Warrenton, VA
If you have lost a tooth due to disease or injury, dental implants can help to restore your smile and improve your oral health. A dental implant is a titanium cylinder that serves as a root. Once surgically inserted into your jawbone, the cylinder can support a replacement tooth. A patient with significant bone structure in the jaw is the ideal candidate for implants.
Advantages of Dental Implants
The are many advantages to having dental implants over other cosmetic or restorative dentistry options. You care for dental implants just as you would natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and routine check-ups with the dentist.
- Permanently fixed to the bone (provides stability)
- Look natural
- Feel and function like normal teeth
- Don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support (won’t compromise your dental health)
- Last a lifetime
Types of Implants
Single or Multiple
Dental implants are versatile so if you only have one missing tooth, one implant and replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants will do. A few implants can also support a full bridge or denture.
Implant-supported dentures provide a function solution for patients with uncomfortable or loose dentures. An implant acts as an anchor to retain loose dentures. When placed in your mouth, the denture snaps onto the implants, keeping it secure and stable.
A mini dental implant is a small sized titanium post that also acts like the root of your tooth. With mini implants, a lesser amount of bone structure is needed to place the implant. Mini implants are also quicker and simpler to place than full-sized implants.
In cases where ideal areas for a dental implant don’t have enough bone for placement, it is necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of the mouth. Areas of choice include the chin or in the back of the jaw where wisdom teeth used to be.