What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement that replaces both the root and crown of the missing tooth. This provides an exceptionally secure, stable restoration that looks, functions, and feels like your natural teeth. The implant post is first surgically placed in the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. During a period of healing that usually lasts a couple of months, the bone tissues grow around the implant (in a process called osseointegration) and form a strong foundation for the restoration. An attachment called an abutment is placed on top of the post, and then the implant restoration is attached on top of this. The restoration replaces the crown of the tooth; based on your needs, the implant restoration may be a dental crown, a bridge, a complete denture, or a partial denture.
Do I need dental implants?
Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai may recommend dental implants in Stafford, Virginia, if you are looking for a permanent, naturalistic replacement for your missing teeth. With proper care, your dental implant can last a lifetime. If you have experienced bone loss, our dentist can also provide any needed bone grafting before your implant procedure as well.
We invite you to call or visit Rai Family Dentistry today to learn more about the benefits of implant dentistry. We are dedicated to restoring your smile!