Looking for the best way to restore your smile after tooth loss? Dental implants could be the solution you need. Encouraging bone growth and maximizing oral function and smile aesthetics, dental implants from Dr. Marshall Lyall and Dr. Ron Kondoff in Virginia Beach, VA, look, act, and feel like real teeth. No other tooth replacement option competes with implants.
Your mouth after tooth loss
It really changes. The tooth is gone, and the surrounding gum tissue and supporting jaw bone quickly shrink. With multiple extractions, bite height reduces, and facial fullness recedes into an aged appearance. Speech slurs, biting, and chewing becomes inefficient - you get the picture. Unfortunately, traditional bridges, partials, and dentures help with appearance and speech, but they cannot restore jaw bone integrity.
A superior alternative
Dental implants provide the stability and function your smile needs. Composed of a titanium cylinder, metal alloy abutment, and porcelain crown, the single-tooth implant prevents bone loss and preserves how well you bite and chew. Inserted into the jaw during a brief oral surgery procedure, the titanium implant device and the jaw bone adhere to each other through osseointegration.
Osseointegration was discovered mid-twentieth century in Europe, and it is the bonding force behind many successful orthopedic surgeries such as knee replacements. The secret to the bond is titanium. Human bone just loves this metal, and when used for dental implants, the results are nothing less than spectacular. Once placed and integrated, most dental implants succeed and stay in place for a lifetime, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.
However, potential implant patients should understand that they must be in good health and have sufficient bone in their jaws to accept these dental prosthetics. To determine candidacy, Dr. Kondoff does a thorough oral examination, including X-rays.
The treatment in Virginia Beach
The implant procedure takes about an hour. Dr. Kondoff uses a locally-injected anesthetic to numb the area. He opens the gums and creates an access hole in the jaw. This hole accepts the titanium device, and the area is sutured closed. After a period of healing, the patient returns for attachment of the metal extension post and custom-made porcelain crown.
Whether you receive one or multiple dental implants (to support dentures), oral hygiene is the same. Brush carefully twice a day, and floss around implant sites. Your hygienist may recommend special tools or flosses to keep implant sites clean and free of infection. Your semi-annual check-ups and in-office cleanings remain very important.
Get great help for your smile. Look into dental implants with Dr. Lyall and Dr. Kondoff, in Virginia Beach, VA. Call today to arrange a personal consultation: (757) 493-8100.