Dental Implants in Richmond, Virginia
Dental implants are an option for patients who have lost one or more teeth.
Implants are made of titanium and are placed in the jawbone to act as anchors for dentures, crowns or bridges. Implants can look and feel like your own natural teeth. Dental implant candidates must be in good overall health and have good, healthy gums and bones. If you are a smoker or diabetic you may not be a good candidate for dental implants.
Please contact Dr. Hart for a complimentary examination to see if you could benefit by implant restorations.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. Implants can replace 1 tooth or several teeth to act as support for removable partial dentures or complete dentures. Dental implants are a wonderful choice for patients who want a natural and functional smile.
Advantages of Dental Implants:
- Can replace one or missing teeth without involving other teeth
- Can improve your smile but more importantly your ability to chew and speak
- Can offer additional support if you are missing all of your teeth and need a complete denture
- Reduce the chances of losing bone height which could change your looks
Once your dental implants are in place you can eat, talk and smile better. Dr. Hart works in collaboration with and oral surgeons for the actual implant(s) placement and then you will return to her for the completion of your dental care.
Ideal candidates for dental implants are those who are physically healthy and have healthy teeth and gums.
Success rates on implants decreases a lot if you are a smoker, an uncontrolled diabetic or chronically unhealthy. The dental implant procedure will require a number of visits to Dr. Hart’s office and the oral surgeon’s office for the indicated treatment planning and placement of the implants. Once the implants are placed into your jaw, the implants have to fuse or osseointegrate into your jawbone. After healing has occurred, the artificial teeth are made and attached to the implant.
Proper oral hygiene, diet and preventative care will all help int the long-term success of your dental implants.