If you’ve lost a tooth due to decay or injury, a dental implant may be the answer. It serves as a robust and permanent replacement to restore your smile and tooth function. At DiRenzo Family Dentistry, Dr. Gregory DiRenzo and Dr. Nicholas Bett offer implant restoration therapy for patients in the area of Purcellville, Virginia. Call the office to find out more or set up a consultation using the online booking tool.
Dr. DiRenzo or Dr. Bett position implants, or metal posts, into your jaw to replace a missing tooth root. Once they position it, the bone surrounding the implant is given time to grow around the post. After some weeks, they place a replacement tooth onto the post.
Implants provide stable support for artificial teeth. Unlike dentures, they won’t slipin your mouth or affect your ability to eat and speak. Implants feel natural and allow your teeth to function as designed. For many people, dentures or bridges hurt or cause gagging and sore spots. Dentures are also inconvenient.
Implants are also stronger than natural teeth and last 10-20 years. Unlike bridges, you don’t have to depend on neighboring teeth for support.
Your gums and bones must be healthy and strong. These tissues support the implant. You must commit to good oral hygiene post-procedure too. Regular dental visits check on the status of the implant and ensure its long-term success.
The first step is to meet with Dr. DiRenzo or Dr. Bett to find out if a dental implant meets your needs. They then develop a customized plan for you.
At your first implant appointment, your dentist places the small titanium post into the bone socket of the missing tooth. After this appointment, you have a healing process that lasts six to 12 weeks as the bone grows around the implanted post.
When Dr. DiRenzo or Dr. Bett feels that the implant has bonded to the jawbone, they connect a post — called an abutment — to the implant so it can hold the new tooth. They make an impression of your teeth and create a model of your bite to design the new tooth or crown.
You schedule an appointment to have the crown permanently sealed in place. In the meantime, your dentist fits you with a temporary crown or denture.
Once you’ve had the implant procedure, you care for the implant and the crown just as you would the rest of your teeth. It’s essential to maintain proper brushing and flossing habits as well as keep up with regular visits to DiRenzo Family Dentistry for professional cleanings and checkups.