Replace Missing Teeth with
Dental Implants in Tysons
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 and Tysons 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 a kind of 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.
Dental Implant Benefits
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 implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance! The benefits of dental implants include:
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.
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.
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).
Dental implants only require routine brushing, flossing, and routine checkups to last 30 years or more, which is multiple times longer than typical restorations.
The Dental Implant Process
To begin getting dental implants, you simply need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Berrada. During this meeting, you’ll discuss your smile goals and she’ll determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants (more on this in the FAQ). If you are, the process involves 3 main phases:
This is a minor surgical procedure where Dr. Berrada will make a small incision in your gums and place the implant post(s) directly into your jaw. She’ll use a variety of scans and x-rays to make a treatment plan specifically tailored to you and ensure your procedure is successful.
You’ll then be given 4-6 months for your gums and jaw to heal. You shouldn’t have too much lasting pain or soreness from the procedure, and it usually can be easily managed with over-the-counter medication. This period is mostly to allow time for the roots to bond directly to your jaw. You’ll also be fitted with a temporary restoration, so you’ll always have teeth during this time.
The big day is here! This is when you’ll return to our office to have your final restoration placed. After that, your new smile is ready for the world! We always love seeing the looks on people’s faces when they see their new smile for the very first time.
Dental Implant Options
As we touched on above, dental implants are actually quite versatile and can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. There are also different sizes of implants, and the one that is best for you will depend on your particular needs as well as the condition of your jawbone. Our team will help you find the perfect combination for you.
Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges
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. Two of these implant crowns can also be used to form a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth in a row.
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 much 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® 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.