Do you have teeth missing? If so, then you’re familiar with some of the more obvious problems, such as a smile with a gaping hole or the difficulty you may have chewing certain foods. But did you also know that even one missing tooth can lead to a number of oral and general health problems, too? For instance, tooth loss increases the risk of decay in your remaining teeth and can also lead to the development of gum disease. To avoid these and other problems, you must replace missing teeth. And while there are several options, the best by far are dental implants. In Leesburg, dental implant dentist Dr. Elosta has restored many smiles with implants and he can do the same for you!

The Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants have been around for many years, but not nearly as long as dentures and crown and bridge therapy. These have long been reliable choices for people who want to make their smiles whole again. And while these certainly provide a handsome smile and functional teeth, they are missing one important component—a tooth root. Although you may not see the roots of your teeth, they do more than anchor a tooth in place. Every time you bite down, the pressure is transferred to the roots of your teeth and this stimulates your jawbone. In this way, the bone tissue is kept active and new cell growth is encouraged. With dentures or bridgework that rest on top of the gums, there isn’t any stimulation so your jawbone is likely to lose shape. A dental implant, on the other hand, replaces both the crown of a tooth and the root. Thus, you have new teeth that look and function more like your natural teeth.

Dental Implants for One or More Teeth

With dental implants, Leesburg residents can replace one tooth, several teeth or even an entire arch. And unlike a bridge that is held in place by crowns mounted to adjacent teeth, dental implants do not necessitate altering any healthy teeth.

If you need to replace just one tooth, then Leesburg implant dentist Dr. Elosta will surgically embed a single post in your jaw. As you heal from this minor surgery, the post and surrounding bone will fuse together to create a strong foundation for your new tooth. When the healing process is complete, Dr. Elosta will attach a custom crafted porcelain crown.

Alternatively, dental implants can also be used to secure a partial or a full denture. In these cases, the dentist in Leesburg strategically positions two or more implants—the number will depend on the type of prosthetic you need—along you gum. Once again, the post and bone fuse to securely anchor your tooth restoration. After a time, you’ll return to our office and Dr. Elosta will permanently affix the partial or the denture.

Dental implants are an excellent choice for tooth replacement and they have a success rate of more than 98 percent! Don’t endure the difficulty of tooth loss for another day. Contact Lansdowne Family Dental to schedule a consultation with Dr. Elosta.