Dental Implants Fairfax VA
By definition, dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone. Dental implants work as an anchor or frame for the replacement of missing teeth. Once the implants are securely in place, the dentist mounts the tooth replacement on to the dental implants.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
The dentist recommends for a dental implant when there is a need to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or when the entire set of teeth are missing from the buccal cavity. The primary function of using dental implants is achieving an aesthetic value of the orthodontal process, restore the normal function of the teeth and in the maintenance of proper oral hygiene.
Since the implants fuse to the bony structure of the jaw, they act as an anchor point for the attachment of artificial teeth or aesthetic devices. The most common methods that attach to the dental implants are bridges, dentures, and crowns. Once connected to the implants, the dentures and crowns are fixed into place, and won’t quickly shift or slip off from the mouth, an essential benefit, especially when talking or chewing food. Crowns are also securely placed over dental implants, achieving the intended goal of a return to the normal function of otherwise impaired, crooked or misaligned tooth/teeth.
The main advantage is that adjacent teeth to the affected area are not interfered with during the replacement method. In the absence of the dental implants, the adjacent teeth are ground down in preparation for the attachment of the replacement tooth/teeth into place, sometimes affecting the structure and set-up of the teeth. Also, they are permanently integrated into the bony structure, making them secure and stable, giving them a look and feel of the natural tooth/teeth.
Different Types to Consider
There are two types, the endosteal and subperiosteal implants. The difference between the two is that endosteal dental implants are directly implanted into the jawbone while subperiosteal implants consist of metal frames fitted on the jawbone atop the gum tissue.
Before the dentist decides on the treatment, there are several factors to consider. First, a detailed dental and medical history is needed before the doctor does a thorough dental examination. The doctor will also request for a radiological exam, usually a dental X-ray.
Other factors include:
- The location of the missing teeth
- Cost of the procedure
- Overall patient health
- Jawbone density
During the scheduled surgical procedure, the dentist uses local anesthesia to numb the area. The first step during the process removes existing affected tooth/teeth and exposing the area of focus. An alveolar bone graft is used to lay a solid base for the implant. The site heals between two to six months.
Once a strong base is present, the dentist will place the dental implant into the jawbone. The implant heals before using an abutment and dental crown to restore the tooth.
Contact Breeze Dental to learn more about replacing missing teeth. New and existing patients may call Breeze Dental at (703) 273-5545 or book an appointment online. We are located at 3545 Chain Bridge Rd Ste# 105 Fairfax, Virginia 22030.