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RICHMOND, VA, August 16, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dental implants were first developed in 1952, and since then have undergone many modifications and advancements to become the most preferred solution for tooth loss today. Implants are small, durable, titanium posts and Dr. Robert Steadman, Richmond dentist, utilizes these devices to improve a patient's smile when teeth are missing. Acting as anchors, dental implants are affixed directly into the jawbone and the artificial replacement is placed on top.
"In many cases where too many teeth are missing and there are no supporting teeth for bridges, loose dentures or more solid dental implants are the only choice to replace the teeth that are missing. It is important to constantly monitor your teeth because prevention through proper dental health is vital to your overall health," said Dr. Robert Steadman, dentist in Richmond.
Before dental implants are placed, Dr. Steadman will assess a patient's bone density to ensure that he or she has sufficient quality and quantity of bone tissue available where the implant will be placed. If there is insufficient bone or significant bone loss has occurred due to periodontal disease, then Dr. Steadman, a family dentist in Richmond, may need to complete bone grafting before the implant can be placed.
Once a patient has been assessed and the treatment is planned and explained, the appropriate implant system and size of the implant will be selected and surgically placed. The implants function as the root of the tooth, requiring a hole to be drilled into the jawbone to accommodate it. Local anesthesia is often used when placing an implant, but if a patient is anxious, he or she may choose to be sedated during treatment instead. Dr. Steadman, a dentist in Richmond, VA, will decide what the best solution is for each patient.
Next, a small hole is carefully drilled into the jawbone avoiding damage to nerves and other important facial structures. Once the hole has been drilled, the implant screw is either gently tapped or screwed into place ensuring a tight fit. With the implant securely in place, a protective screw cover or cap is placed over the implant and the gum tissue sutured over the top.
As with any restoration of a person's teeth, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time. The loss of teeth can have a significant impact on a person's self-esteem due to aesthetic implications, but it can also cause bite problems and difficulties eating if not treated correctly and immediately.
Patients are encouraged to talk to Dr. Robert Steadman for more information on dental implants in Richmond, and to see if they are an appropriate restoration procedure for restoring their smile.
About Robert B. Steadman, D.D.S: Dr. Robert Steadman is a solo practitioner that has been in private practice for over 20 years. He has taught part-time at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, lectured statewide, and written articles for dental journals, particularly in the area of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). Dr. Steadman has built an excellent reputation as a highly skilled and technically advanced dentist who consistently delivers the finest dental care to his patients.
Dr. Robert Steadman
9220 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond, VA 23235
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