Q&A: Dental Implant Treatment

Dental implants are a high-quality, versatile restorative dental option for patients with missing teeth. If you have one or more lost permanent teeth, dental implants are one of the best options to restore your smile. Dr. Matthew Harrison and his dental team help patients find the right implant restorations to address their specific needs. From single crowns to complete dentures, Dr. Harrison and his professional dentists can help. The team at Harrison Dental Associates offers treatment with dental implants to patients in Charlottesville, VA, and the surrounding areas.

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FAQs: Dental Implants in Charlottesville, VA

Are you interested in restorative care but want to know more about dental implants? Read answers to commonly asked questions about implants and implant treatments here:

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Implants are one of the best options to restore your missing teeth. Dental implants:

  • Can replace single teeth or full arches
  • Offer permanent restorative treatment
  • Make it easier for patients to bite and chew
  • Improve patient’s speech
  • Stabilize dental bridges and dentures

Contact our office if you want to benefit from implant treatment. Our dental team will collaborate with you to help you find the right implant treatment to meet your restorative goals.

How do you care for dental implants?

Continue to brush and floss your implant restorations at home. You can use a special technique to floss between your implants with traditional floss. However, you can also use interdental floss to reach between your dental crowns. We recommend that patients use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to clean the implant restorations.

What are dental implants made of?

A single dental implant consists of a titanium post, attaching abutment, and a dental crown. A dental surgeon places the titanium post into the jaw bone beneath the gum tissue. This post becomes a permanent part of the smile once it heals. Implants offer a secure foundation for a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture.

Can I receive implants if I have a removable bridge or denture?

Yes, we can provide implant treatment to you if you already have a dental restoration. Many patients find that they benefit more from implant-secured dental bridges and dentures than more traditional options. Our dentists will work with you to plan your treatment for the best results possible.

How long is dental implant treatment?

Implant treatment has an average treatment time of 3 to 6 months. During the implant healing period called osseointegration, the implant posts fuse with the jaw bone. This process can take months to complete. Patients who require bone grafting or periodontal treatment prior to their restorative care will also require more treatment time.

Renew Your Oral Health

Create a fuller, healthier smile with implant restorations. If you are a new patient, call us at 434-227-5665. Current patients can call 434-973-2968. You can also feel free to schedule a dental appointment with our dentists on our website. At your next visit, let us know if you have other questions about your implant options and we will be happy to help.