Arlington Dental Implants - Mary E. Gregory, D.D.S. Family Dentistry
Before development of dental implants for tooth replacement, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures. Please feel free to call Arlington dentist Dr. Mary Gregory, D.D.S. for more immediate assistance regarding dental implant procedures in Arlington, VA.
Who is a Dental Implant Candidate?
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant surgery, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system for tooth replacement surgery. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Dental implants are so well designed for replacing teeth that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal, ceramic, or porcelain.
Dental Implant Surgery
Surgery is necessary to prepare the oral mouth area for a dental implant and to effectively place the implant in the mouth. Following the tooth replacement procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the implanted tooth device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to successfully connect the tooth.
Because dental implants require surgical tooth replacement procedures, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the replacement procedure. Like any restoration surgery or procedure, implanted teeth require diligent oral hygiene and proper dental care to ensure they last a long time.
For more information on Dental Implants in the Arlington, VA area call Mary E. Gregory, D.D.S. Family Dentistry at (703) 527-6495 today!