An implant is a titanium screw that acts as an artificial tooth root and is placed into the jawbone during an oral surgery procedure. After the implant has healed, a crown can be placed on top of the implant for a natural-looking restoration.
Dental implants are an attractive option because they look and function like natural teeth. Unlike removable dentures that may slip or cause pain while chewing, dental implants stay in place permanently without causing discomfort or difficulty speaking and eating.
Best of all, you can care for implants just as you would your natural teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings to keep your smile looking and feeling its best over the years.
Benefits of Implants
Improved Oral Health
While other restoration options require the surrounding teeth to be altered, as is the case with dental bridges, dental implants don’t require any alterations to the adjacent teeth. This improves your oral health by preventing future damage. Dental implants are also the only tooth replacement option that helps preserve bone structure in the jaw.
Implants Are Versatile
Most patients who have healthy gums and adequate bone density can qualify for dental implants. These restorations can replace a single missing tooth, a row of missing teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth when used in dental implant procedures such as All-on-4®.
Once placed, dental implants won’t move or fall out. They are permanent restorations that restore natural beauty and healthy function. Unlike other options, there’s no need for messy adhesives or special cleaning products. Simply brush twice a day and visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Which Type of Implant Is Right for Me?
Both traditional and mini dental implants are great options. Whichever one you choose, we will make sure that your new smile will last a lifetime. Traditional implants are larger in diameter than mini implants, but they are made from stronger materials and can support a larger restoration.
For example, you can replace a single missing tooth with a traditional dental implant but you can also them to support a bridge or denture and replace several missing teeth. On the other hand, a mini dental implant can only support a small dental prosthesis like a crown.
Dental implants are frequently used to support dentures because traditional dentures tend to slip out of place when patients eat and speak. Our dentist can help you determine which option is best for you after examining your smile and your restorative needs.
Implant Placement Procedure
The dentist will position the implant by making an incision in the gums and placing the implant post directly into the jawbone. During the healing period, the tissue will be allowed to heal and the bone will fuse with the dental implant. Over the next few months, the patient will need to return for follow-up appointments so the dentist can ensure that the implants are integrating properly with the jawbone.
After the healing process is complete, the abutment is placed on the implant post. This final step will involve a permanent dental crown, bridge, or denture being placed over the implant posts. You will be able to enjoy a beautiful new smile that will look natural and healthy for years to come!
For more information, contact our Alexandria dental office at (703) 823-2848 or 5130 Duke St, Suite 8, Alexandria, VA 22304, or our Manassas dental office at (703) 479-7654 or 8608 Centreville Rd, Manassas, VA 20110.