If you want to replace missing teeth, dental implants are the most functional and aesthetically pleasing option available. The team of dental professionals at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery can provide you with state-of-the-art dental implants to restore your full smile and improve your overall oral health. Learn more by scheduling a visit to their clinic in Burke, Reston, or Alexandria, Virginia. You can book your appointment by phone or online.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that an oral surgeon embeds into your jawbone. Made of titanium, a biocompatible substance, implants fuse with your jawbone as you heal from the surgery. This process, called osseointegration, makes your implant a permanent and extremely durable replacement for your natural tooth root.
While a dental implant replaces your tooth structure below your gum line, it also serves as an anchor onto which the team can affix a crown, bridge, or denture using All-on-4® implants. The team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, designs your restoration so that it fits perfectly into your smile, supports a healthy bite, and helps you more easily chew your food.
They even give you the option of using porcelain for your restoration, which has a similar color and translucent character to your natural tooth enamel, and therefore blends in aesthetically with the rest of your smile.
Dental implants provide a level of stability, durability, and comfort that’s unmatched by other restoration options, like bridges or traditional dentures. These qualities are because your implant fuses with your jawbone and becomes an integrated part of your oral structures.
Because your implants fuse to your jaw, they also provide stimulation to your jawbone. This stimulation prevents resorption and reduces the likelihood of bone loss in your jaw, which, in turn, helps to preserve the shape of your face. Dental implants allow you to avoid the sunken-in appearance that’s a common occurrence with missing teeth.
Dental implants also keep the rest of your smile in proper alignment by preventing your neighboring teeth from shifting into your empty tooth socket.
To be a good candidate for dental implants, you need to have an otherwise healthy smile. Two important factors for successful dental implants are healthy gums and substantial bone tissue.
Implants anchor to your jawbone, so you need to have a significant amount of healthy bone tissue in your jaw to support the implant. If you don’t have enough healthy bone tissue in your jaw, the team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery can perform a bone graft to augment your bone mass.
Healthy gums are also important for successful dental implants. If you’re suffering from gingivitis or periodontal disease, you need to treat it before getting implants.
To learn more about how dental implants can benefit your smile, or to get started with implants today, schedule a consultation at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery. You can book your visit by phone or online.