Having missing teeth is a serious matter. The missing teeth affect the function of your mouth along with the appearance your smile. We have treated countless patients at our Midlothian VA dental office who are struggling with failing or missing teeth. Unless you’re in that circumstance, it’s hard to describe how debilitating missing teeth can be.
At Biggers Family Dentistry , Some of the patients we help are dealing with bad dentures, have had dental trauma, or have failing teeth that are no longer useful. Years ago, there weren’t too many great options when it comes to fixing your smile. Today we are using dental implants to replace teeth or to stabilize dentures. Dental implants were introduced into dentistry a few decades ago, and now the process has been perfected. They are more popular than ever, and the treatment is becoming easier than ever.
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, there’s a few things you should know first.
5 facts about dental implants
- Dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option.
Dental implants nearly match the power of your natural teeth. They are strong and durable, and highly effective. Our dental implants are so strong because they are placed into the bone — just like the root of your tooth. The implants are made from titanium, a material that naturally merges with bone. When the implant merges with the bone, it’s stay stable and functional for years to come. The most common way to replace teeth is with dentures, but the latest studies show that dentures only match the power of your natural by 25 to 50 percent.
- Implants are placed with a high success rate.
The placement of implants is oral surgery , but the treatment is not risky. We can place dental implants with a success rate of more than 95 percent . We remind patients of this because while they may have never heard of dental implants before, it doesn’t mean that this treatment is some radical procedure that’s untested. We have proven results, and our implants withstand the test of time.
- You need bone to support the implant.
A candidate for dental implants will be in good health and have enough bone density to support the implant. This is important because whenever we lose our teeth, the jawbone will begin to recede. If you wait too long, you might not be a candidate for our traditional implants — or you might have to undergo bone grafting to build up the jawbone. This adds additional recovery time and expense to your treatment. But, once the implants are in, they will preserve the jawbone.
- Implants are a big investment.
Our practice is upfront with every patient, and so we want you to know that implants can be pricey. Of course, we believe implants are worth it. We consider the procedure more of an investment than sunk cost. Your smile can be restored nearly back to its original state, and you’ll never again have to worry about your teeth sliding around or avoiding the food you love to eat again. Whenever you think about implant costs, just imagine getting your life back. Imagine getting back your peace of mind and never again having to worry about your teeth.
- You don’t have to worry about decay.
While dental implant restorations might need to be replaced over time, it’s likely that your dental implant will last forever. Once the implant is in the bone, it should stay there forever. One thing you don’t have to worry about is cavities, though you should still brush and floss regularly to keep your mouth healthy.
Come to Us for Better, Permanent teeth
At Biggers Family Dentistry, we take pride in getting patients out of pain and giving them a brighter smile. Even if you’re suffering from total tooth loss, we can use a few dental implants to give you better function with your mouth. Before we start any treatment, we’ll run through the benefits an the details.
Just give us a call today by calling 804-977-0092 or using the online form to schedule a visit.