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.
Do you have a missing tooth and want to learn whether dental implants are right for you? Please call 703-323-8200 today for an appointment with implant dentist Dr. Marzban in Burke, VA.
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 put other teeth at risk. The surrounding teeth shift to fill in the space, leaving more spaces and gaps. Food can stick between teeth, making it harder to keep teeth clean. This increases your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Teeth support one another and share the work. With fewer teeth, the share for each tooth is greater. This increases the risk of chipped or cracked teeth.
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 system, and there are many other advantages of dental implants. They 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.
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What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent, surgical solution to replace missing teeth. Unlike dental bridges and dentures, a dental implant is surgically placed into your jawbone to provide a strong, secure foundation for your missing tooth.
Why should I choose dental implants as a tooth replacement?
Dental implants offer several advantages over other forms of tooth replacement. In addition to being permanent, dental implants do not require support from adjacent teeth, thus minimizing the impact to your natural, surrounding teeth. Dental implants also serve to strengthen your jawbone, preventing issues such as jaw collapse that can accompany dentures.
Why should I replace a missing tooth?
Missing teeth are both a functional and aesthetic issue. Missing teeth may cause an awkward looking smile, but the larger issue is what happens to the strength of your jaw and bite when a missing tooth is not replaced.
When you are missing a tooth, adjacent teeth will eventually slide into its place, altering the strength and alignment of your bite. This can lead to uneven tooth wear and more serious issues such as jaw collapse.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are a good solution for most people. Ideal candidates should be in good general health, have sufficient jawbone density, and be prepared for the dental implant process, which can take up to one year to complete. If you do not have sufficient jawbone density, Dr. Marzban can discuss bone grafting or alternative types of implants that may better meet your needs.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are a safe and effective way to replace missing teeth. The surgical procedure has general risks such as infection and excessive bleeding, and the implant itself may be rejected by your body. These instances are rare, and great care is taken in the placement of your implant to help ensure against these complications. Carefully following all of Dr. Marzban’s post-implant advice will further help reduce any risks associated with this common procedure.