Missing a Tooth? Dental Implants Can Restore Your Confidence and Your Smile

missing teeth Charlottesville Are you missing teeth? If so, your self-esteem and oral function has likely taken a hit. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer with an incomplete smile. Dental implants can restore your appearance while making it possible to enjoy the foods you crave. Our oral surgeon has advanced education and training to place dental implants.

Implant Dentistry: The Basics

A dental implant is a replacement for the root of a tooth. Prior to dental implants, replacement teeth could only address the loss of visible tooth structure. Now that we can replace roots with implants, patients can enjoy far more control and stability when eating. Their replacement teeth will last longer, too, since implants prevent deterioration of the jaws after tooth loss.

Dental implants are shaped like a screw and embedded into the jawbone. Within a few months, the bone surrounding the implant will fuse to its structure. Since implants are held firmly in place by the jaw, they can withstand the daily force associated with biting and chewing food.

Renew Your Smile with Dental Implants

Once dental implants are stabilized by the bones in the jaw, permanent restorations and prosthetics are attached. Crowns, bridges, and dentures can be attached to implants to complete the smile restoration process.

Restorations and prosthetics are custom made by dental technicians to perfectly complement a person’s oral anatomy. Made from lifelike materials such as porcelain, replacement teeth look and feel like biological dental structure. Once restorations and prosthetics are attached to implants, you can enjoy a complete, healthy-looking smile.

Tooth loss can have profound effects on your confidence and self-image. Many patients with missing teeth struggle with social anxiety and depression. Fortunately, advancements in prosthetic dentistry have made it possible to regain your self-esteem and improve your appearance.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, call Charlottesville Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our oral surgeon.