Dental implants closely mimic the structure, function, and appearance of natural teeth. If you have missing or severely damaged teeth, dental implants can provide an ideal replacement option that restores the health and beauty of your smile. The stability and reliability dental implants can provide is unparalleled when compared to other methods of tooth replacement. Ideally, the implanted titanium post provides a fixed, long-lasting foundation for durable, natural-looking tooth restorations. Depending on your needs and goals, Dr. Jeff Blackburn can design custom single crown restorations, bridges, or secured dentures that complete your smile with beautiful results.
To learn more about dental implants, we encourage you to read through the information we have provided and contact South River Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blackburn.
Benefits of Dental Implants
As the most innovative option for tooth replacement, dental implants offer several significant advantages:
- Implants can stimulate jawbone tissue, which maintains healthy bone density.
- Restorations are designed to be secure and to provide a very natural fit.
- Healthy surrounding teeth can be better preserved and maintained.
- Implant-secured restorations can be comfortable and may not interfere with speech and chewing.
- Replacement teeth are designed to suit your smile.
- Replacing several missing teeth with dental implants can restore a more youthful face shape and proper bite.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Ideal candidates for dental implants are healthy enough to safely undergo implantation and heal properly after surgery. In addition, you must have good dental and gingival (gum) health to prevent the spread of disease and facilitate healing. Finally, there must be adequate jawbone density in the area where the implant is to be placed in order to provide support and stability. If you do not meet these requirements at first, dental treatments, periodontal care, and/or bone grafts can prepare you for dental implants.
The Dental Implant Procedure
To begin the process, Dr. Blackburn will take X-rays and impressions of your mouth to evaluate bone density and spacing left behind by the missing tooth (or teeth). The images and models will be used to establish your treatment strategy and plan the details of your implant surgery.
Depending on the complexity of the case, either Dr. Jeff Blackburn or a trusted outside specialist may perform the surgical implantation. While you are anesthetized, your doctor will implant the artificial titanium post within the jawbone. The artificial root is then allowed to heal for about six months topped with a temporary restoration, until the implant has fused with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. At this stage, Dr. Blackburn will take impressions once again to design your custom restorations. When the restorations are crafted, the fasteners (abutments) and replacement teeth can be securely placed to complete your smile.
Dental Implants Results
When placed correctly within strong bone and a disease-free mouth, dental implants can provide a long-lasting, secure replacement for missing teeth. In addition to enjoying a full set of teeth that can look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, you may also experience a boost in confidence as a result of your new smile. Caring for your dental implants is no different from the dental hygiene required for natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings can keep your implants in good shape long into the future.
Contact South River Dentistry
To find out if you may be a good candidate for dental implants, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blackburn.