Are Dental Implants Right for You?

By Charles L. Sours, Jr. D.D.S.
November 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantIf you are suffering from any degree of tooth loss, chances are that your oral health and quality of life have been affected in some way as a result. Maybe you've had to give up smiling for pictures or eating the foods you love. If you are missing several or all of your natural teeth, your oral and general health is also at risk. Luckily, Dr. Charles Sours, your dentist in Woodbridge, VA, offers general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry services for full or partial tooth loss.

Dental Implants in Woodbridge, VA

Implants are designed to replace the entire structure of a missing tooth, unlike other restorations which just replace the cosmetic crown. There are a number of benefits to replacing the tooth's root with an implant. Not only does it help to secure the crown in place, making for a more permanent restoration, but it also prevents bone loss in the gums. When a tooth falls out or gets extracted, the bone tissue starts to erode, which increases the risk of complications like infections and gum (periodontal) disease, putting your oral and general health at risk.

How Dental Implants Work

First, the dentist will perform an oral exam to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. Healthy adults with enough bone density in the gums to support the implant are usually good candidates. The implant, which consists of a small titanium screw, is surgically implanted in the socket of missing teeth and fuses with the existing bone tissue. Once it has healed, the cosmetic crown is attached. Implants can be used to replace individual teeth or to support an entire set of dentures on the upper or lower jaw.

Find a Dentist in Woodbridge, VA

To learn more about dental implants and how they can improve your quality of life and oral health, contact our office today by calling (703) 491-2131. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sours and set your smile on the right track!