Missing teeth can lead to a litany of problems, including a gap-filled smile, crowding, and gum disease. Dr. Josef Wollmann, DDS provides dental implants to support prosthetic teeth and fill the gaps in your smile at her practice in Leesburg, Virginia. Dental implants are the way to go when it comes to prosthetic appliances because they provide better support than traditional dentures or bridges. To find out more about dental implants, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule a consultation.
Dental implants are small metal frames or posts Dr. Wollmann surgically places into your jawbone beneath your gum line that serve as a stable support system for replacement teeth.
Implant-supported prosthetic teeth look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. With implants, your replacement teeth have better support and won’t slide or shift around inside your mouth.
When you’re missing teeth, surrounding teeth tend to shift. Implants fill the gaps in your smile to prevent oral health issues caused by shifting teeth, such as increased risk of tooth decay, crowding, and gum disease. Implants also enhance your smile, restoring and revamping your self-confidence.
Implant-supported prosthetic teeth are excellent for the healthy function of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Gaps in your teeth can make everyday functions, such as chewing, speaking, and digestion, more difficult. Implants vastly improve these functions.
As the first step, Dr. Wollmann evaluates the treatment area to check if your jawbone is strong enough to support an implant. Because implants naturally fuse to your jawbone, you need sufficient bone to house an implant there.
If your jawbone is too thin or weak, Dr. Wollmann can graft on a bone-like material, but this procedure requires a few months of healing to allow the growth of new, strong bone before you’re ready to get an implant.
The second step is the dental implant procedure, where Dr. Wollmann uses a surgical drill to insert the metal implant into your jawbone. Before the procedure, so you don’t feel any pain, she applies a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
Over the next few months, your implant melds into your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Once your implant is fully integrated into your jawbone, you schedule another appointment for Dr. Wollmann to attach the prosthetic teeth to your implant.
When you take good care of your dental implants, they should last for many, many years. In fact, you may never need to have them replaced.
The most important thing to remember is to continue practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. Keeping up with your regular dental appointments and cleanings, so Dr. Wollmann can make minor adjustments to your implants as your mouth naturally changes as you age, is also critical to having a smile you love for a lifetime.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental implants to replace any missing teeth, call the friendly office staff or use the online booking tool and schedule a consultation.