Replacing Missing Teeth with Bedford Dental Implants
There are multiple reconstructive solutions available for patients who have suffered the loss of one or more teeth, but none that are as widely recommended as dental implants. Dental implants are a relatively new, state-of-the-art treatment option that revitalizes oral health, has a completely natural appearance, and offers patients the long lasting durability and exceptional quality they deserve. Here at Hendricksen & White Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Dr. Ronald Hendricksen and the rest of our team can help you through the entire dental implant process, working closely with a trusted specialist and designing your brand-new, customized restorations. You’ll be amazed by the results we can help patients from Goode, Forest, and all over Bedford County achieve! When you’re ready to get started with your dental implant tooth replacement plan, call to schedule a tooth replacement consultation appointment with us in our Goode dental office.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Before we recommend any treatment, we’ll want to take the time to walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment option to deliver the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. While dental implants aren’t right for everyone, some of the benefits that make these restoration options invaluable to patients include all of the following:
- With proper care in our office and at home, your implant supported replacement tooth or teeth can last two or more decades or longer. Some people are able to keep their flawlessly repaired smiles for the rest of their lives.
- After twenty years, implant supported restorations have a success rate between 90 and 95%, making them the long lasting and most effective tooth replacement options available.
- Because dental implants replace the lost roots of missing teeth, they look, feel, and function more like healthy, natural tooth structures than other available restoration options.
- Advanced tooth replacement prosthetics like partial and full dentures only restore about 20% of healthy tooth function. However, with an implant retained denture, you can expect to regain 70% or more chewing ability. That means you’ll be able to eat a wide range of nutrient rich foods.
The Dental Implant Process
The secret behind the success of dental implants is that, unlike more traditional treatment options, they replicate the root of the tooth in addition to the white, visible portion known as the crown. While the root is hidden beneath the gums, it serves an important function – stimulating the jawbone. Without it, the bone begins to deteriorate, leading to diminished density and a hunched facial appearance over time. Thankfully, implants take care of this problem and even generate new tissue growth.
Indications for Dental Implants
Once we’ve determined that you’re an ideal candidate for implants, Dr. Hendricksen and Dr. White recommend a trusted specialist in the area who handles the surgical placement of your implants. Following this procedure, you’ll need to undergo a significant period of healing, during which your jawbone forms a bond with the new implant(s). Finally, you’ll return to our Goode, VA practice so we can design and place new, lifelike restorations for you. Your rejuvenated smile will be so seamless that you may even forget the implant isn’t a real tooth.
Missing One Tooth
If you’re missing one tooth, a single implant post can be used to support a dental crown, repairing the form and function of your smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you’re missing two or more consecutive teeth, we’ll use a fixed bridge restoration to fill the gap in your smile. Two implant posts, one at each end, provide support for the fixed bridge prosthetic. For numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth, an implant supported partial denture can be anchored to between two and four implant posts to fill in the gaps in your smile.
Missing All Your Teeth
If you have one or both full rows of teeth in need of restoration, an implant-retained prosthetic from our Bedford County dental office could be the right choice for you. While these appliances resemble traditional dentures, they’re actually designed to attach onto four to six implants placed within the jaw for a much more secure and confident feel. We offer both fixed and removable implant dentures options at Hendricksen & White Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, so you can select the one that fits your unique needs.
The Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of your individual treatment plan will vary depending on the number and location of your missing teeth. There are numerous factors that can impact the costs of your treatment plan, including the number of teeth you’re replacing, materials used to craft the implant posts, the type of restoration you need (crown, bridge, or denture), and whether or not you need preparatory treatments like tooth extractions or tissue grafts. During the treatment planning phase, we’ll walk you through every aspect of the implant tooth replacement process and help you budget for the out of pocket costs of treatment, access low or no interest financing options, and maximize available dental insurance benefits.