Dental implants are a popular treatment for patients who are missing teeth due to infection, decay, injury, or who require tooth replacement for some other reason. Dental implants help improve the appearance of your smile, but they also preserve your oral health. Dr. Matthew Harrison in Charlottesville, VA is an active member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry, and has many years of experience performing dental implant surgery in his practice.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are titanium posts designed to mimic that natural ingenuity of natural teeth. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone and is used to anchor prosthetic teeth in place. A single dental implant can be used to replace one missing tooth, or several dental implants can be used to secure a denture for a full arch of missing teeth.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants provide patients with many advantages over traditional missing tooth replacement options. Implants help stabilize bone tissue, prevent facial regression and reduce the risk of gum disease and additional tooth loss. Dental implants support a natural bite and allow patients to enjoy a diet without restriction.
People with missing teeth are potential candidates for dental implants. If you’ve lost a tooth after extensive decay due to periodontal disease, you will be left with an empty space in your mouth. More than a cosmetic concern, an empty space in the mouth can cause further tooth decay and bone loss. Implants help stabilize the tissue more than other tooth replacement options.
Where to Find Dental Implant Treatment
You need an experienced, highly-trained dentist to perform the dental implant procedure. Dr. Harrison believes in empowering his patients to own their oral health and have the smile of their dreams. To see if Dr. Harrison would be a good fit to perform your dental implant procedure, schedule a consultation online or call 434-227-5665 today.