Although dental implants are an attractive and durable option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth, they are not the best option for every patient.
Good candidates for dental implants must have a sound dental foundation to support the implants. This includes having healthy gums and sufficient bone structure in which to anchor the replacement “root” for your implant. Some chronic illnesses may also prevent dental implants from being the right choice for replacing missing teeth.
If your consultation and exam with Fairfax, Virginia, cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban determines that dental implants are not the ideal option for you, there are alternatives. Aside from dental implants, the most common tooth-replacement choices are:
- Dental bridges
Most patients prefer dental bridges to traditional dentures for a number of reasons. Unlike dentures, dental bridges are anchored to your adjacent natural teeth, and they prevent your existing teeth from shifting out of alignment.
Dental bridges feature dental crowns that look and function like your regular teeth without the possibility for slippage associated with dentures. This also allows you to eat and speak normally.
If you would like more information on dental implants or other options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth, please contact Fairfax, Virginia, cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban to schedule your personal consultation. We welcome patients from the Burke, Fairfax and Fairfax Station, Virginia, and Washington DC areas.