If you have missing teeth, it not only impacts your appearance, but it can also change the way you talk, influence your diet, and lead to further tooth loss down the road. Fortunately, your Fairfax, VA dentist provides quality tooth replacement options, including dental implants.
Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement because this option restores your lost tooth root and your tooth—providing a more permanent solution. Dental implants function like natural teeth and even rely on the same maintenance.
The first step is a dental implant exam and conversation with Dr. Caitlin Hulver.
How Dental Implants Work
If your dentist determines that dental implants are a good option for your tooth loss, we schedule you for implant placement.
A dental implant is a thin but durable post. Your dentist surgically implants this post in your jaw, and over months, it integrates with your jawbone, replacing your lost tooth root. When integration is complete, your dentist provides a dental crown atop your implant to stand in for your missing tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped jacket that goes over a weak tooth, or in this case, a dental implant post.
If you have full or partial tooth loss, four to six dental implants are typically strong enough to support an entire arch of restoration teeth on a bridge or denture.
Considerations for dental implants include the condition of your jawbone—your jawbone tends to shrink away without tooth roots—and the position of your upper sinus. If you have significant jawbone loss, your dentist may recommend bone grafting. If the upper sinus is too close to the upper jawbone, you may consider a sinus lift.
At Metropolitan Dental Centre, we offer sedation dentistry, which means taking a pill before treatment to promote optimal relaxation. Though the area the dentist works in will be thoroughly numb, we encourage you to ask about sedation dentistry if you have dental phobia or feel anxious about implant placement.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants restore your tooth from the root up, allowing you to smile with confidence.
Dental implants restore your bite and may help prevent jawbone shrinkage, which may lead to a sunken appearance in the lower face. Additionally, when teeth are missing, existing teeth may shift toward these smile gaps, compromising your bite and threatening the health of these teeth.
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants require no special maintenance. You simply follow best practices as you would with your natural teeth:
- Brush and floss at least twice daily
- Visit your dentist twice yearly for exams, including x-rays
- Have professional teeth cleanings every six months
With proper care, your dental implants can last for decades or even a lifetime.
Schedule a Dental Exam
If you’re ready to learn whether dental implants are right for you, contact our dental office today to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
We proudly serve patients in Fairfax, Merrifield, Annandale, Oakton, Springfield, and Alexandria.