Dental Implants – Falls Church, VA
Comprehensive Tooth Replacement for Lasting Results
It’s amazing how much harder life can be with just a few missing teeth. Speaking becomes more uncomfortable, your food choices are limited, and social interactions become stressful. Not to mention, people with missing teeth are more vulnerable to a variety of oral health problems such as gum disease, which ultimately leads to even more missing teeth! If you are looking for a permanent solution to the gaps in your smile, Tysons Dental Esthetics can offer you dental implants. They are the longest lasting and most aesthetically beautiful solution available today, and you can get them right in Falls Church with Dr. Sanae Berrada. To schedule an appointment to see if they are right for you, contact us today.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of three primary components: a small titanium post, a dental prosthetic, and an abutment that connects these two elements. The implant post is what makes this treatment different than other restorative procedures, and it is also the key to its effectiveness.
This post is used to replace the root of a missing tooth, which is something traditional crowns and bridges simply can’t do. This helps provide stability for your replacement teeth that can only be matched by natural teeth. Plus, the titanium is actually biocompatible, which means it is able to bond directly to the surrounding bone. This is exactly how your other teeth work, and it’s how implants help provide essential support for your jaw that will maintain your oral health and your face’s shape for many years to come.
Above the gum line, dental implants can be topped with a variety of dental prosthetics that can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire mouthful of teeth. They’ll be primarily made of dental porcelain milled by our CEREC machine, meaning they will be strong, durable, and blend in completely with the rest of your smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art solution to replacing missing teeth. As opposed to traditional tooth replacement options, such as crowns, bridges, dentures and partials – implants provide a full-circle tooth replacement that includes a solution for both the underlying roots and crown. This results in several advantages, with the most rewarding being that implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance! The benefits of dental implants include:
- Stability: Dental implants replace your entire tooth’s structure, particularly the root. This new titanium root bonds directly to your jaw to make sure that once your replacement teeth are in your mouth, they won’t be going anywhere.
- Aesthetics: The all-porcelain restorations look and feel just like natural teeth. You won’t have to deal with darkly colored metal crowns or unsightly black lines along your gums. You get a complete treatment that will make your smile look as great as it feels.
- Versatility: Whether you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants can provide the same fantastic results. In fact, most implant-retained prosthetics look better and provide more health benefits than their traditional counterparts (such as crowns, bridges, and dentures).
- Longevity: Dental implants only require routine brushing, flossing, and routine checkups to last 30 years or more, which is multiple times longer than typical restorations.
Indications for Dental Implants
One of the many reasons why we offer dental implants is that they can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even whole rows of your smile. We create personalized restorations for your dental implants and the type that you need will depend on how many teeth that you’re missing.
Missing Single Tooth
If you are missing a single tooth, we can use an implant-retained crown to restore it. A custom-made, all-porcelain crown will be placed on top of a metal connector called an abutment which will attach the crown directly to the implant post. This creates a seamless replacement with complete beauty and function.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Are you missing multiple teeth consecutively? We can use an implant-retained bridge to fill the gap in your smile. Using dental implants on either side of your missing teeth, we can anchor a custom-made prosthetic into your smile for unmatched aesthetics and support.
Missing All Teeth
Have a denture that just won’t stay in place? Dental implants can be used to give you a set of teeth that is always rock-solid. Using four to six strategically placed implants, we can place a denture that has a much stronger hold than a normal removable prosthetic, and it will even enable you to have a stronger bite so you can enjoy a more varied and healthy diet.
Mini Dental Implants
The height and width of the jawbone is a major factor in whether a patient is a good candidate for dental implants or not, and should they have a thin or brittle jawbone, mini dental implants may be necessary. These posts are smaller and thinner than their traditional counterparts, and they can be used to support a denture that’s still stronger than a traditional removable prosthetic.
All-on-4® Dental Implant Dentures
This treatment allows our team to give a patient a full implant-retained denture in just one day. Just four implants are placed strategically around the jaw, and then the denture will be attached to them at the same appointment. That means a patient could literally wake up that morning with a row of missing teeth and go to bed at night with a complete smile.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of your dental implants will depend on numerous factors; because of the many variables, it’s hard to give a precise estimate without examining your mouth first. There are several questions that need to be answered, such as:
- How many teeth are missing? How many implants will be needed to replace them? Will you need a crown, a bridge or dentures?
- How is your oral health? Do you have gum disease or another condition that needs to be treated first?
- Is your jawbone strong enough for dental implants? Will bone grafting be required? Is the All-on-4 procedure an option in your case?
During the initial consultation, we will carefully check your mouth to make sure that you’re a good candidate for dental implants and then develop a personalized treatment plan with a fair estimate on the cost of your implants as well as related procedures.
Dental Implant FAQs
Getting dental implants is a big step; you’re likely to have several questions about the process and what you can expect. Below are some of the things that our patients commonly worry about. If there’s anything else you want to know, you can always contact our office. We want you to feel confident about your new smile, and that means making sure you’re well-informed and comfortable from beginning to end.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Any number of missing teeth could potentially qualify you to get dental implants. However, there are a few factors in your mouth that could affect whether you’re a good candidate. Ideally, your gums will be in excellent health and free of periodontal disease. (Infected gums are a major factor for implant failure.) Jawbone density is also a factor; if your jaw has degraded after losing your teeth, you might need bone grafts before you can get dental implants. Furthermore, we will need to think about your overall health. Conditions like diabetes can cause complications during the recovery process.
How Do You Take Care of a Dental Implant?
You might think dental implants would require some sort of special maintenance, but that’s not the case at all! Brushing and flossing normally will keep your new teeth clean and the gums around them healthy. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste that won’t scratch the surface of your restoration, and don’t forget to clean the entire area. (That includes under and around the implant crown.) You can use traditional string floss, but if it’s too hard to reach certain areas with it, you could try an interdental brush or a recommended oral irrigator instead.
Don’t forget to visit Tysons Dental Esthetics for checkups! This will let us confirm that your implants are stable in your jaw and that there aren’t any warning signs of potential problems.
How are Dental Implants Attached?
Placing dental implants requires surgery. During the procedure, the tooth being replaced is extracted (if it wasn’t already lost). Once that is done and the jawbone is sufficiently prepared, a small incision is made in the gums, granting access to the bone. The implants are then inserted into the jaw. Once there, they will gradually become attached to the bone; this is called osseointegration, and it’s essential for the dental implant’s success. You’ll receive your dental crown, bridge or dentures after your mouth and jaw have fully recovered, which can take a matter of months.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Last?
The lifespan of dental implants depends largely on the care they receive. On average, they last for about 30 years. However, there are many cases where patients are able to keep their implants for 40 years – or even the rest of their lives!
That said, the restoration supported by your dental implant will have a different lifespan. Crowns, bridges and dentures typically last for about 10 to 15 years; however, like with implants, there are cases where they can last much longer with the right maintenance.