Burke, Fairfax and Fairfax Station, Virginia
Replacing a missing tooth is one of the most beneficial oral health decisions you can make. Not only does a gap in your smile detract from your appearance, leaving that gap in place dramatically increases your chances of losing an adjacent tooth. Our Northern Virginia cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban offers several options for replacing a missing tooth, but the most permanent solution is a dental implant.
Replacing a Missing Tooth Can Save Your Smile
When you lose a tooth or have a tooth extraction, the jaw bone underneath soon begins to weaken and the surrounding teeth begin to shift. If the tooth is not replaced soon, the loss of jawbone density can cause other teeth to fall out, further detracting from a healthy smile. Even before you lose more teeth, the surrounding teeth shift to fill in the space, leaving more spaces and gaps. For the health of your teeth and for your overall appearance, Dr. Marzban recommends replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible.
In addition to causing further oral health problems, a visible missing tooth gap can actually influence the way other people see you. Even professionals and open-minded people make unconscious judgments based on appearance, and these judgments can negatively affect your social and professional life. If you are missing a tooth, Dr. Marzban and her caring, knowledgeable team will listen to your story and your concerns about how missing a tooth is affecting your life. We will help you fully understand your tooth replacement options so that you can feel confident in your decision.
Dental Implants Are a Permanent Tooth Replacement Solution
Because each smile has its own story and each person has a unique set of needs, we offer you a choice for tooth replacement: dental bridge or dental implant. A fixed dental bridge is an artificial replacement tooth (pontic) anchored to dental crowns on the adjacent teeth to hold it in place. Fixed dental bridges can be successful, but because they do not replace the root of the missing tooth, they do not solve the problem of jawbone deterioration.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are a permanent tooth replacement solution. Dental implants prevent jawbone deterioration because the pontic is attached to an artificial tooth root that is actually implanted in the bone. Dental implants also do not increase your vulnerability to tooth decay as bridges sometimes can. If you are missing a tooth, Dr. Marzban has the advanced LVI training to craft you a replacement tooth that is fully functional and blends aesthetically with the rest of your smile.
A dental implant is a surgical procedure, but there is no need to be intimidated. We are a friendly and empathetic team that values every person and understands that some people need a little help to feel at ease about undergoing dental procedures. We will take the time to educate you about the procedure and the results you can expect so that you can feel comfortable and confident about your dental implant procedure.
For more information about dental implants and other tooth replacement options in Northern Virginia, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban at her office in Burke, Virginia to schedule your dental implant consultation.
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