Despite the fact that teeth are designed to hold steadfast for a lifetime, a hard fall, blow to the face, or dental disease can knock a tooth out. Your dentist in Williamsburg VA, or Norge, VA, may recommend replacing the missing tooth with a dental implant.
First, we will examine your smile and take dental X-rays to gauge the amount of healthy bone structure and determine if it is sufficient for a dental implant. If you do not have adequate bone structure, you may need to receive a bone graft to build up bone structure so your smile can support a stable dental implant.
When your bone is ready, we will perform the implant procedure. During the procedure, our dentist makes a small incision in your gums to directly access the bone, and then creates a narrow channel in the bone where a titanium abutment will be screwed into place. Titanium is a popular material for dental implants because it is biologically safe and will fuse to the bone to create a permanent anchor that is equivalent to the root of a natural tooth.
We will then allow a period of time for your gums to heal and the titanium abutment to fuse with the bone tissue. When your smile is ready, our dentist will attach a dental crown restoring your smile. At this point, your dental implant is complete.
If you are missing one or more teeth, we encourage you to call Morrison Dental Group at (757) 220-0330 and schedule a time to explore your chances of receiving a dental implant in Williamsburg, VA, or Norge, VA.