Dental implants are a permanent way to replace extracted or missing teeth in the mouth. They are often more preferred than alternatives such as a bridge because they don’t need other additional teeth or require changes to other teeth to place the new tooth. A professional Yorktown Virginia dentist such as Dr. Ariel Wartofsky can help decide if dental implants can work for your situation.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant is a permanent fixture for a missing tooth. It uses a screw that is placed directly into the jaw bone. After this, an abutment is placed and a crown to provide a space for this new tooth. The entire process can take three to six months to allow the gums a chance to heal.
When the implant is installed, an incision is made into the gum so the implant can be directly inserted. After it is placed, the gums are sutured. The implant is given a chance to heal. During this time, the jaw bone will form around the implant offering a stable foundation in the mouth. A temporary crown is used during this time to maintain the aesthetic look of the mouth. After the healing process ends, the abutment is placed on the implant. The restoration is then added.
If you’re interested in what dental implants can do for you, call Ariel Wartofsky at 757-898-0845 today. A thorough examination and x-rays are required in order to determine whether dental implants are a viable option for your oral health.