Seamlessly Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants in Charlottesville
An incomplete smile can make it difficult for patients to eat their favorite foods, chat with friends, and even show off their teeth confidently in everyday settings. While our dentists can’t exactly turn back the clock on what was lost, dental implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth here in Charlottesville and Crozet, VA. This permanent and appealing reconstructive solution rebuilds lifelike teeth in their entirety, and they won’t require any nearby teeth to be negatively affected by the placement.
Curious whether or not implants are right for you? Read below, then contact one of our practices today and schedule a first consultation! We look forward to helping you form a “road map” that will lead you back to the healthy, attractive, and complete smile you deserve.
Once we’ve determined that you’re a good candidate for dental implants, the process of receiving them will require several steps and appointments. First, the implants themselves will need to be inserted into the jawbone so that they can function as new “roots.” Tooth roots are essential for a healthy and well-supported smile, and they will also prevent the jawbone from deteriorating over time, which is a serious concern after tooth loss.
At Charlottesville Blue Ridge Dental and Crozet Blue Ridge Dental, patients won’t have to worry about being referred to a separate specialist for this surgical procedure. We can complete most procedures right here in-office, making your experience more convenient and comfortable.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
Once your new implant (or implants) is securely in place within the mouth, it will take a few months of healing to fully integrate with your natural tissue. After a solid foundation is in place, we can start working on the finishing touch: the personalized restoration that will cover the implant and beautifully recreate your lost tooth.
If we are only dealing with one implant, an all-ceramic crown is typically the right choice. This crown will fit right in beside your original teeth, and their health won’t be compromised by the addition. Alternatively, implant-retained bridges can be used to replicate multiple missing teeth in a row. This restoration will attach securely to two implants, one on either side of the gap.
If you’ve experienced a significant loss of teeth, implants can still often be used successfully to provide functional and enduring replacements. These custom-made dentures are designed to be attached over just a small number of implants, which makes this method more cost-effective than if each individual tooth was restored with its own implant. Your prosthesis will look natural, feel natural, and help you enjoy greater oral health benefits well into the future compared to a traditional denture.
If you want your new denture to have the same level of permanence as the original teeth, we’ll recommend a hybrid prosthetic. It will be anchored in place over the implants, and only our team will be able to remove it. If you’d prefer to maintain the denture’s removable nature, overdentures could be the right choice. We’d be happy to explore these options with you in greater detail during your first consultation.
All-on-4 is an excellent reconstructive choice for patients who are looking for fast, comprehensive “teeth” that will help them get back to living their life to the fullest without delay. Like the name of the procedure suggests, our doctors will use four or more implants that are placed at strategic angles to support a full-arch denture. Better yet, your new prosthetic can be placed over the implants immediately following their surgical insertion – no waiting required. After your mouth has healed from the initial procedure, we will invite you back to the practice so that we can replace the temporary denture with a reliable permanent version.