types of dental implants
Legacy Dentistry of Virginia offers a range of dental implants to restore your smile. Call (703) 378-5600 to schedule a consultation today.
Do you have missing teeth? Are you preparing for a tooth extraction? Dental implants are a convenient alternative to regular dentures. At Legacy Dentistry of Virginia, we have over 40 years of experience in dental implant surgery. Your oral health is our top priority.
How Dental Implants Work
You may be a candidate for dental implants if you have missing teeth due to:
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal disease
- Tooth injury
Dental implant surgery is a form of maxillofacial surgery (involving the face and jaw). Like a denture or bridge, the implant replaces missing teeth, but they are attached to the jaw using metal implant screws. Replacement teeth made of a hard material, such as resin or zirconia, are then attached to the screws.
Single or Multiple Tooth Replacement
Beyond their more natural feel, implants also allow you to replace a single tooth or all your teeth if necessary. Many patients opt to get implants as they lose their teeth, preventing the need for the costly and sometimes painful process of getting full dentures.
Connected Bridge Implants
You can also replace multiple teeth with a single implant. This is called a connected bridge implant, where two implant screws anchor the bridge in place. The bridge will mimic the appearance of your original teeth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The process of getting dental implants has three steps:
- The initial consultation
- Dental implant surgery
- Recovery and follow-up care
The consultation allows our dentist and surgeon to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. You will be given instructions on how to prepare for the implant procedure.
The surgical procedure is performed under sedation or anesthesia. The restorative dentist will implant screws into your jaw and then attach artificial teeth to the screws to hold them in place. Bone grafting may be required to support the implants.
After surgery, bone growth and healing of bone tissue take time. Recovery time varies depending on gum and bone health and the type of implant. Our team will provide you with complete care instructions after your procedure.