Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone, providing a long-lasting, natural-looking solution. With a consultation at Reston Dental Care, our dentists and team can evaluate your smile to see if dental implants would be suitable for your needs.
The Implant Process
There are many steps involved in receiving a dental implant. These include:
- Consultation and evaluation: The first step in the process is to schedule a consultation with our dentists and team to discuss your options for replacing missing teeth. During the consultation, we will evaluate your oral health and determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
- Preparation: If you are a good candidate for dental implants, we will take X-rays and impressions of your teeth and jawbone to create a model of your mouth. This model will be used to plan the placement of the implant.
- Implant placement: The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone during a procedure that is typically performed under local anesthesia. The implant is made of a biocompatible material, usually titanium, that fuses with the jawbone to create a strong, stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
- Healing and osseointegration: Following the implant placement, it will take several months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. During this time, a temporary crown may be placed over the implant to protect it and provide a natural-looking appearance.
- Abutment placement: Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, the abutment, a small connector, is placed on top of the implant to support the replacement tooth.
- Restoration placement: The final step is to place the restoration, which can be a single crown, a bridge or even a denture, onto the abutment. The restoration is custom-made to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth, providing a natural-looking and functional replacement.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide many benefits, including:
- Better oral health: Dental implants prevent bone loss and gum recession that can occur with missing teeth, helping to maintain optimal oral health.
- Natural-looking appearance: These restorations are designed to look and feel like natural teeth, providing a seamless, natural-looking smile.
- Restored function: Dental implants create the same level of functionality as natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
- Long-lasting solution: With proper care and maintenance, these restorations can last for many years, making them a cost-effective and durable solution for missing teeth.
Enhance Your Quality of Life Today!
Are you embarrassed by one or several missing teeth? Let us transform your confidence and appearance with dental implants in Reston, Virginia. Contact Reston Dental Care today at 703-689-0110 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jenny Cheung and associates.