Dental Implants in Arlington, VA
Dental implants are arguably the most successful and natural replacement for missing teeth. This is because they not only most closely physically resemble a natural tooth, but their design means that they are also permanently anchored into your mouth with a secure, artificial root rather than being reliant on adhesives or other teeth for support. Better still, dental implants can be used to replace single missing teeth, or to anchor bridges and dentures.
We are delighted to be able to offer our patients a comprehensive dental implant service that is tailored specifically to your requirements. Whether you need a single tooth replaced or a more complex restoration, our experienced team can help. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are made up of three separate components. These are as follows:
A titanium post that acts as an anchor for the implant
A custom-designed crown that acts as the visible part of the tooth replacement
An abutment that connects the post and crown together
The titanium post
The titanium post is the most integral part of the dental implant structure. Single implants require a single titanium post to support them, while multiple missing teeth can often be placed on fewer implant posts than there are artificial teeth. For example, it is possible to attach a full arch denture to just six or eight implant posts.
Each implant post is strategically placed into the jaw bone via the gum tissue. Once it has been inserted, the bone heals around it securing it in place. This takes a number of months. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary restoration, be it a crown, bridge or denture, until the implant has been found to be successful.
The visible part of your dental implant will comprise of one or more custom-designed crowns. These are created specifically for the space that you have and will resemble your natural teeth in height, shape and width. Crowns, bridges and dentures can also be glazed in a shade that matches your existing teeth – something which helps to make dental implants a very discreet option for your smile restoration.
The dental implant process
The process to obtain dental implants is really very straightforward. However, it does require multiple visits often spread several months apart. After your initial consultation, you will attend our office to have your candidacy assed. If you are found to be suitable for dental implants, you will need to come in for an appointment which will enable us to obtain ‘before’ images of your smile and take photographs and impressions of your teeth. These will be used to create the custom-designed crowns that you will eventually receive. You will also have an x-ray which will allow us to plan the placement of your implants with total precision.
Implants are placed in several stages. Firstly, the implant posts are placed and left to heal. Once the bone has encased the implant posts, which is usually four to six months later, your final restoration can be placed onto them, completing the process.
Benefits of dental implants
There are a variety of different benefits to choosing dental implants for your tooth replacement solution. These include:
A discreet, natural prosthetic that blends in with your real teeth
Strength and durability
A prosthetic that is easy to clean and cannot become decayed
A restoration that functions just like a natural tooth
Confidence in your smile
A solution that can potentially last upwards of twenty years!
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Although dental implants are a fairly adaptable solution that is successful for the majority of individuals. However, this doesn’t make the best or most appropriate course of treatment for everyone. For implants to be successful, the bone must heal around the post. This process is known as osseointegration and is a natural result of the bone being damaged when the implant is inserted. Nevertheless, if you don’t have sufficient healthy bone in your jaw, osseointegration may not be successful and this means the implant post isn’t secure.