Dental Implants Richmond VA

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.


Do you have missing teeth? Do you desire a restored smile?

I decided on the implants
and I’ve never looked back

I have had 3 dental implants done with Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery over the last 1.5 years and I could not be happier with the results. I cannot tell the implant from my real teeth, (if anything, they are better than my real teeth). I have not experienced any problems, pain or otherwise from start to finish of my implants. The implants are so easy to take care of and I could not be happier. The surgeon informed me of each step prior to surgery, he explained everything and asked if I understood or had any questions. He listened to all of my concerns and made sure I understood. It was a difficult decision on my own trying to decide whether to do an implant or a partial. I decided on the implants and I’ve never looked back and am so happy that I made this decision. Thank you Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery and all Staff Members for making this experience pleasant and painless for me and for making my teeth and experience so positive.
– Deborah Pennell

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Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Keeney, Dr. Harris, Dr. Dymon, Dr. Wlodawsky, Dr. Watson, Dr. AgnihotriDr. WheelerDr. Phelps, Dr. Herrera or Dr. Gardner are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. Dr. Keeney, Dr. Harris, Dr. Dymon, Dr. Wlodawsky, Dr. Watson, Dr. Agnihotri, Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Phelps, Dr. Herrera and Dr. Gardner performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.