June 20, 2019
You may have heard of dental implants as being an excellent choice for replacing missing teeth, but did you know that there’s more than one kind? Or that there are different techniques for placing them depending on your situation? When you need to fill those gaps in your smile, it’s important to understand and explore all the different options before picking the one that’s best for you. Here’s what you need to know about different types of implants in Falls Church and the various techniques that can be used in the process.
What Kinds of Dental Implants Are There?
There are two major kinds of implants:
- Endosteal implants are the most common type. They are screw-shaped posts that are typically made out of titanium and are surgically inserted into the jawbone before being topped with a crown. They help prevent bone loss and can provide chewing power almost on par with natural teeth.
- Subperiosteal implants are metal frames placed between the gum and the jawbone. They are usually used in situations where endosteal implants aren’t an option.
The type of implant used will often greatly depend on whether the jawbone is healthy enough to support endosteal implants. Note that there are some techniques that can help the bone provide a suitable foundation; for example, bone augmentation can be used to restore the jawbone, or bone graft material can be added to a ridge along the top of your jaw. Not all patients will be suitable for these procedures, however.
What Are the Different Implant Techniques?
In the case of endosteal implants, the procedure will involve bone grafts to prepare the jaw. After waiting two to six months for the area to heal, the implant is surgically placed, and a temporary cap is placed. Another two to six months will be allowed for osseointegration (the natural process of the bone fusing with the implant) to occur, after which the final crown is placed.
Depending on the patient’s needs, other techniques may be suggested:
- Mini implants are smaller posts that can be used to support smaller teeth. They are often used as a more conservative alternative to traditional implants, as they require less healing time and have a higher chance of a successful integration.
- All-on-4 is a technique that can be used for a full arch that replaces a whole row of teeth. A total of four implants are used, and the teeth can be placed on the same day; diet restrictions will apply.
When considering dental implants in Falls Church, speak with your dentist about any questions or concerns you may have, and make sure you understand the answers. Implants can be a great way to fill the gap in your teeth, but you should always do your research to make sure you’re choosing the option that works for you!
About the Practice
At Falls Church Dental Esthetics, Drs. Shri Chopra and Sanae Berrada have a combined 20 years of real-world dental experience. In addition to regular preventive services, they offer dental implants for patients with missing teeth, including All-on-4 implants and mini implants. To schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (703) 821-8111.
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