Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) issues. We also specialize in the placement of implants. At Drs. Kaugars, Miller & Beitz Implants and Periodontics of Richmond, we believe implants are the ideal solution for tooth loss. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can drastically improve the function and aesthetics of your smile!
A dental implant is an ideal solution if you are missing one or more teeth. As periodontists, Drs. Kaugars, Miller and Beitz specialize in the treatment planning and placement of dental implants. Once in place, the implant will serve as the root component of a dental prosthesis. Because it becomes a part of you, an implant is the next best thing to your natural tooth.
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Many people experience bone deterioration after they lose a tooth. If you need dental implants, but have experienced bone deterioration, you may need a bone graft. The graft material will foster the growth of new bone healthy enough to support a dental implant.
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A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root which is attached to the jawbone. Eventually, a replacement tooth or bridge will be firmly fixed to this root, restoring complete function to the tooth. The key to a successful and long-lasting implant is the quality and quantity of jawbone to which the implant will be attached. If bone has been lost due to injury or periodontal disease, a sinus augmentation can raise the sinus floor to allow for new bone formation.
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Many patients need a bone graft, or ridge augmentation before implantation is possible. Osseointegration, the process responsible for the many benefits of dental implants, requires an adequate amount of bone in the jaw. If osseointegration does not occur, implant failure is virtually guaranteed. Fortunately, we offer ridge augmentation to improve the quantity and quality of deteriorated bone. In many ways, ride augmentation allows patients to receive dental implants when it would otherwise be impossible.
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Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a by-product of the blood that possesses a high amount of the platelets responsible for the healing process. During a minor procedure, the PRP is separated from the rest of your blood plasma in a centrifuge. PRP can expedite and improve the healing process following some surgical procedures.
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After Implant Placement
The process of restoring missing teeth with implants can be considered in three main parts: preparation, placement, and post placement. Each component requires special consideration - the first two by our specialized team, and the last component, or the healing process, requires consideration by the patient. Your body will require time to heal. We will discuss the healing phase with you, and what you should and should not do after implant placement.
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Schedule Your Initial Consultation
You, too, can experience the wonderful benefits of dental implants! Call (804) 285-4867 to schedule your initial consultation now!