About Dental Implants
Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) issues. We also specialize in the placement of implants. At Drs. Miller & Beitz Implants and Periodontics of Richmond, we believe implants are the ideal solution for tooth loss. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can drastically improve the function and aesthetics of your smile!
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that we surgically embed into the jawbone. Because the implant is placed underneath the gum tissue, it acts as the root component of a missing tooth. After a brief healing period we will place an abutment.
The abutment is a support structure that links the implant screw to your restoration. A single implant is usually attached to a porcelain or zirconia crown. If you are missing multiple teeth we will place multiple implants to support a fixed partial or complete bridge.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
As periodontists, Drs. Miller and Beitz are uniquely qualified to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. During your initial consultation, we will perform a comprehensive examination using advanced diagnostic tools, such as x-rays, CBCT scans, and digital impressions. By the end of your appointment, you will know whether or not implants are right for you.
Most patients qualify for dental implants. However, we may need to address bone deterioration or periodontal disease before we move forward with treatment. We offer bone grafting and other preliminary procedures to ensure the success of your implant.
Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure is usually broken up into two minor surgeries. During the first surgery, we will open the gum tissue and place the implant screw. Once the implant is in place, we will suture the incision. The number of implants we place depends on the type of restoration you need.
Over the next six months or so, the implant and your bone will fuse during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration is a vital part of the healing process because it produces a bond powerful enough to support a restoration against the strongest forces of your bite. Once osseointegration is complete, we will place your abutment and later the restoration. In some instances, we may be able to place the abutment at the same time as the implant post.
Benefits of Dental Implants
An implant-supported restoration is the next best thing to your natural teeth. Because it becomes a part of you, your restoration will look, feel, and function just like any other tooth. These types of benefits are largely unmatched by traditional restorations.
Unlike a conventional bridge or denture, implants mimic the relationship between your natural teeth and jawbone. This allows for improved speech, eating, comfort, and aesthetics. You will never have to worry about embarrassing slips or discomfort during your daily activities.
Implants are also better for your long-term oral health. It is the only restoration that provides stimulation to your jawbone. This stimulation will preserve the structure of the jaw by preventing deterioration. Because implants rely on the bone, there is also no risk of structural damage to your surrounding teeth.
Above all else, implants can lead to a boost in self-confidence. Having a missing tooth is often embarrassing. Unrealistic restorations can also lead to self-esteem issues. If you want to look and feel good again, a dental implant may be the answer!
Schedule Your Initial Consultation
You, too, can experience the wonderful benefits of dental implants! Call (804) 285-4867 to schedule your initial consultation now!