Missing teeth are more than an aesthetic nuisance. Without a full set of teeth, it can be challenging to chew your food or speak clearly, and the added stress on your jaw can lead to TMJ issues. Dr. Oliva Hart and the team at Virginia Biological Dentistry offer ceramic dental implants to replace missing teeth for a happier, healthier smile.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces the whole structure of a missing tooth. By replacing your tooth with a dental implant, you can prevent issues such as shifting teeth and bone loss, and you’ll have full functionality for speaking and chewing your food. Dental implants can last for decades with proper care, and most patients who are healthy enough for surgery can have them placed without issue. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or support dental bridges and complete dentures for longer-lasting, more comfortable restorations.
While dentists often place titanium implants, ceramic implants provide a natural look to your restoration that won’t show metal through your gum line or accumulate plaque as easily. Ceramic implants are biocompatible and can help patients with metal allergies avoid a reaction. Once the implant is placed, it bonds readily with the jaw bone, and it’s less likely to cause inflammation or other issues than metal implants. The implants are made of durable zirconia to provide long-lasting support for your replacement tooth that resists corrosion and discoloration.
Every patient is unique, and the process for placing dental implants will vary from one person to the next. Dr. Hart will evaluate your mouth and jaw to determine if dental implants are the best choice for you and form a treatment plan to account for all of your needs. Dr. Hart can perform every aspect of your treatment, from extracting an infected or broken tooth to placing the implant.
Dr. Hart will need to treat active gum disease and tooth decay before placing implants. If you need a tooth extraction, your gums will need a few weeks to heal. Once you’re ready for your implants, Dr. Hart will place the implant directly into your jaw bone, where it will fuse into place over the course of a few weeks. Once your implant is healed, Dr. Hart will take a scan to mill a crown and deliver it on the same day of your visit. Once your restoration is in place, our team will work with you to keep your teeth clean and prevent further issues.
Dr. Hart is committed to providing the safest and most effective treatment for your unique needs. Our practice focuses on methods that take the health of your whole body into account. When you’re teeth are healthy, you can enjoy your favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile with confidence. Contact our office in Glen Allen, VA, today at (804) 381-6238 to schedule your consultation and learn more about how we can help.