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Have you had to have a tooth extracted because of the results of decay or damage? Tooth extraction tends to be a last result because there really is no substitute for a person’s natural tooth, but there are times when it must be performed. When the time comes to replace it, there are several options. One of the most popular means of tooth replacement is dental implants.

Lost teeth need to be replaced as soon as possible in order maintain the health and placement of your other teeth. They can have the tendency to migrate toward the gap left by the extracted tooth, which causes bite and alignment issues. Dental implants not only help to keep other teeth in place, but they can seamlessly replace a missing tooth for a lifetime.

Dental implants are different because they replace the root as well as the crown of a missing tooth. A biocompatible post made from titanium is surgically inserted in the jaw bone, that, as it becomes integrated into the bone, will be able to anchor all kinds of restorations. This process typically takes at least several weeks.

Implants are popular in part because they fit in so well with the rest of your teeth. Crowns are shaded to precisely match your natural teeth, and there is no unsightly metal visible. If properly cared for, your new tooth will allow you to eat and smile confidently, and could last a lifetime.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, please call Michael D. Doty, DDS in Abingdon, VA, today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Doty.