Tooth loss is quite common. It can be the result of a trauma or gum disease, a failed root canal, or a severely decayed tooth. The use of a dental implant to replace a tooth or teeth is becoming more and more popular among Burke, VA dental patients. Dental implants offer Burke, VA dental patients a chance to experience a replacement tooth that is as much like the original one they lost.

A dental implant, also known as an endosseous implant, is a surgical component that interfaces with the jawbone and supports a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture. The biological process called “osseointegration” is where the materials, such as titanium forms a bond to the bone.

A dental implant is usually a 3-step process—

  1. Your Burke, VA dentist will surgically place a dental implant into your jaw. The top of the implant is left slightly above the bone. A screw is then inserted into the implant. Your gum will then be secured over the implant and will remain covered for about 3 to 6 months while it fuses to the jaw bone. This is the “osseointegration” process.
  2. Your Burke, VA dentist will then uncover the dental implant and attach an extension, called a post. The gum tissue needs to heal around the post. Some dental implants will require another surgery to attach a post to connect the replacement teeth. The implant and post might also be placed as a single unit during the initial implant surgery.
  3. A crown will be made by your Burke, VA dentist that will blend in with your other natural teeth. This is attached to the implant post.

Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. A dental implant requires you to be in good health and have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the dental implant. Annandale Smiles near Burke, VA can answer all your questions regarding dental implants, and an examination will tell if you are a good candidate. Call today to request an appointment and see if you are a good candidate. If you have a missing tooth, don’t put it off too long. The sooner the better.