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By The Dental Spa
November 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

It's amazing how fast your self-confidence can drop after you lose a tooth. Fortunately, you don't have to live with a gap in your smile forever. Dr. Marv Thomas, your Lake Ridge and Woodbridge, VA dentist at The Dental Spa, explains how dental implants can help you.

Implants are forever

Unlike other tooth replacement options, your dental implant can last forever, as long as you practice good oral hygiene. The implant, which takes the place of tooth roots, actually becomes part of your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Once the titanium implant bonds to your bone, it's just as strong and stable as your original tooth roots.

Unseen implants play an important role in supporting your new tooth

Since dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they aren't visible when you smile, but they play a pivotal role in supporting your new artificial tooth. It usually takes about three to six months for implants to bond to your jawbone. Once the process is finished, an artificial tooth adds the crowning touch. Although the artificial tooth will be the only structure visible in your mouth, your implant will be hard at work supporting the tooth and absorbing the intense forces generated by biting and chewing.

Dental implants offer more than just cosmetic benefits in Lake Ridge and Woodbridge

Dental implants don't just improve your appearance but also make it easier to bite and chew. You'll be able to eat anything you want without a problem and will no longer have to clean out pieces of food debris from the gap in your smile. You may have noticed that it's harder to pronounce words since you lost your tooth, particularly if you've lost multiple teeth. Implants restore your ability to speak easily and clearly.

One of the most beneficial aspects of implants is their ability to keep your jawbone strong by providing the stimulation the bone needs. Without that stimulation, your jawbone begins to weaken. Once your jawbone starts to shrink, facial sagging and tooth loss can eventually occur.

Would you like to improve your smile with dental implants? Call Dr. Thomas, your Lake Ridge and Woodbridge, VA dentist at The Dental Spa, to schedule an appointment.

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