Tooth extraction & non-metal implant options offered by Richmond, VA holistic dentist
If you need a tooth extraction, it can be difficult to know what to expect and decide about which tooth replacement option is best for you. At Richmond Family Dentistry in Richmond, VA, Dr. Olivia Hart takes a holistic approach in the treatments she provides patients when they need an extraction and tooth restoration.
Traditional methods for replacing missing teeth
There are several ways that a tooth can be replaced after it is lost or extracted.
- Dentures are a removable option that can replace a full arch of teeth (called “full dentures”) or just one or a few teeth (called “partial dentures”)
- Bridges consist of a false tooth in between two crowns that are used to adhere the missing tooth to the adjoining healthy teeth
- Implants are considered the gold standard in tooth replacement because they provide the best feel, function, and longevity; they work by replacing the missing tooth’s root, providing a sturdy foundation for a false tooth that can last a lifetime
What are teeth implants and other restorations made of?
One thing in common among these three options is that many conventional dentists use metal materials in them. The metals in dental restorations can leach into your bloodstream, where it can then cause several toxic effects on your body. Your saliva can also interact with the metal in multiple restorations, causing what is called a “galvanic current,” which can lead to pain and other negative systemic effects.
Is there a non-metal dental implant?
As a holistic dentist, Dr. Hart only uses biocompatible implant materials when she is restoring patients’ missing teeth. Zirconia implants are an incredibly sturdy, stable, and healthy option for replacing a missing tooth. These metal-free dental implants can restore the look, feel, and function of a natural tooth without all the negative side effects. You can learn more about Dr. Hart’s approach to implant placements and her embrace of and work with non-mental Zirconia implants. When a bridge or denture is a better choice for you, you can rest assured that Dr. Hart avoids metal in those restorations as well.
If you are facing a tooth extraction and are seeking a biocompatible, healthy option to replace your missing tooth, call us at (804) 381-6238 to schedule an appointment today!