Fairfax Implant Supported Restorations
At Fairfax Dental Esthetics, we work hard to help our patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles for life, but we know that this is not always possible. When you experience serious dental health concerns like tooth loss, our team is here to help you completely repair your smile. We offer a variety of tooth replacement options, but we often recommend dental implant retained restorations because they most closely mimic healthy tooth structure. The dental implant posts are placed into the gum line recreating the lost tooth roots, leaving patients with healthy, natural looking and feeling smiles. There are two main phases of implant supported tooth replacement – surgical implant placement and the attachment of one or more replacement teeth. On this page, we’ll review what to expect during the final restoration phase of the dental implant tooth replacement process. If you have questions or want to learn more, call our Fairfax dentist and team to schedule your tooth replacement consultation in our dental office today.
The Importance of Replacing Even One Lost Tooth
If you lose a single tooth, the teeth surrounding the empty socket may begin to shift, causing changes to the alignment of your smile. When a tooth is missing, the pressure it would usually absorb when you bite down or chew will be displaced to other teeth, increasing your risk for chips and cracks. Below the surface of your smile, tooth roots provide stimulation that keeps your gum tissue and jawbone healthy, and without these roots, you begin to experience diminished soft tissue volume and bone density. Overtime, this can lead to further tooth loss. These are just a few reasons why it’s so important replace even one tooth right away. Dental implant supported restorations are the only options that allow patients to restore both the roots and crowns of missing teeth for healthy, natural results.
The Implant Restoration Process
When your gum tissue is healed following surgical implant placement, we’ll begin to design your dental crown, bridge, partial, or denture. We start by attaching abutment posts that will anchor the replacement teeth to the implant posts. Then, we capture impressions that will be used by our lab to craft your custom dental restoration. Once your implants have fused with the gum and jawbone, you will return to our office, so we can attach your custom crafted restoration. Once in place, these implant restorations will look, feel, and function more like healthy, natural smiles.
How to Care for Your Implant Supported Tooth Replacement
Once your implant supported crown or bridge is in place, you can continue to brush and floss your teeth as usual. We may recommend using a softer toothbrush or minimally abrasive toothpaste to avoid unnecessary wear to the replacement teeth. If you have an implant retained partial or full denture, you may need to make some more significant changes to your at-home hygiene routine. You should continue to brush teeth twice a day. Flossing can be more of a challenge with implant-retained prosthetics, so one of our team members can show you how to use specially crafted flossing tools or a water flosser to remove plaque and tartar buildup from hard to access parts of the smile. It’s essential that patients with implant retained replacement teeth visit our office twice a year for dental checkups. This gives us the opportunity to assess your smile for signs of shifting or concern and partner with you to keep your implant retained restoration in place for years to come.