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?
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Our oral surgeons will meet with you for a full consultation explaining the diagnosis and treatment options before scheduling your oral surgery.Midlothian Office Richmond Office Mechanicsville Office Sandston Office Midlothian Office Henrico Office Glen Allen Office Appointments
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Keeney, Dr. Harris, Dr. Metzger, Dr. Dymon, Dr. Wlodawsky, Dr. Watson, Dr. Agnihotri, Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Phelps or Dr. Herrera 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 weks 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. Metzger, Dr. Dymon, Dr. Wlodawsky, Dr. Watson, Dr. Agnihotri, Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Phelps and Dr. Herrera 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.
Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery
Dr Wheeler is the BEST oral surgeon. There aren’t enough words to describe how pleased I am. Dr Wheeler is patient, caring, thorough and explains everything that he is doing before, during and after every procedure.
- Patricia S
Dr. Wheeler and the staff were all great!
- Linda A
I can't say enough about Dr. Omar Watson. I would refer everyone to him; I had to have extensive work done, He was experienced, knowledgeable and pleasant from start to finish, The entire staff was friendly and informative, So glad I did my research and found Dr. Omar Watson for my oral dental needs.
- lisa k
Dr. Watson is a great doctor and he was very patient with me.
- Jessica J
Keeney took so much time with me through my whole ordeal with getting implants. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking into this procedure
- Melissa C
Honestly could not be more satisfied and I was a little concerned going in. But everything went without a hitch. Professional care.
- Horace S
I had 3 dental implants and bone grafting done all at the same time, plus they had to pull teeth to put the implants in...I was sedated and when I woke up it was done and I didn't experience very much pain...I had a little swelling but healed very nicely. They really helped put me at ease, I am terrified of anything to do with dental work, but my doctor and the staff helped me every step of the way and made me very comfortable. I know if I need anymore work done they will be the ones for me. So if you have any fears this is your surgeon!!
- Sandy H