D r. Richard Vacca of Vacca Family Dentistry in Midlothian has been providing expertise in dental implant placement for over 30 years. If you’re seeking a team that understands the need for tailor-made solutions, we’re here to help you rehabilitate and restore your beautiful smile – for a lifetime.
It is a common misconception that implants are just single tooth replacements. In fact, the term implant refers to a small titanium screw that is surgically anchored into the bone below the pockets of your teeth. A “restoration” is an artificial tooth that is attached to the implant to create a true-to-life illusion. Implants can anchor one restoration or several. Dr. Vacca helps patients seeking a permanent solution such as a dental implant, decide which option works best for their unique situation.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implant-supported restorations have several advantages. The most prominent benefit to implants happens below the gumline. When an individual loses a tooth or multiple teeth, the alveolar bone that once anchored them into place begins to recede. The degeneration of this bone can cause many problems, including but not limited to: facial collapse, premature aging, and further tooth loss. Implants imitate natural teeth on a structural level, and in doing so, prevent bone loss and the complications associated with it.
Another advantage of implants is the stability they provide. Removable prosthetics are infamous for falling out or moving around in the mouth at the most inconvenient moments. Fixed systems are firmly secured in your mouth, don’t slide around, and will improve and restore your mouth to its original functionality.
Types of Fixed, Implant-Supported Restorations
There are two types of implant-supported systems. The first type is removable and needs to be detached every night for cleaning. The second more common type is fixed, which means that it is permanent. If you decide on a fixed restoration, then you will choose from the following:
|•||Crown: A single restoration that is affixed to an implant.|
|•||Bridge: Either one or two implants are strategically placed as posts at the anterior edges of the gap where the teeth once were. The anterior posts serve as support for the artificial teeth or resin that is used to fill in the gap.|
|•||Partial Denture: For individuals who are missing multiple teeth in a specific area.|
|•||Full Arch: A solution for someone who is missing all of their teeth on either one or both of their upper or lower arches.|
Implants don’t just facilitate function, but also are quite beautiful. We know that having missing teeth can be embarrassing and emotionally draining. It is important to us that you restore your confidence by receiving customizable and true-to-life restorations that are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Find out more about dental implants by contacting our office today 804-739-9191