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Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants require a surgical procedure. But don't let your imagination run wild — the procedure is relatively minor and easy for most people to undergo.
Implants are unique among restorations because they replace a tooth's root. A metal titanium post, substituting for the root, must be surgically placed into the jawbone. While the procedure itself is simple and no more involved than a tooth extraction, it does require careful attention to detail before, during and afterward.
Our first step is to examine the target site with x-rays (often CT scanning) to pinpoint the best location for placement. This is critical because where we place the implant will have a huge bearing on how attractive and natural the implant finally appears. From this evaluation we frequently create a surgical guide.
Surgery begins with a local anesthesia to completely numb the site. You will feel no pain during the procedure and only minimal discomfort for a few days afterward. We then make small incisions in the gums to access the bone and create a small channel or hole.
Using the surgical guide, we then initiate a drilling sequence that gradually increases the size of the channel until it's the size and shape of the implant post. One thing we must do at this point is take our time: we use gentle pressure and water-cooling to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.
Once we're finished with drilling we remove the implant from its sterile packaging and imbed it directly into the prepared channel. It's then a matter of verifying the location with x-rays and then closing the gum tissue with self-absorbing sutures if necessary.
Most patients only need mild pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen to manage discomfort afterwards. You won't even notice it in a week or less. After several weeks in which the bone grows and adheres to the implant (a process called osseointegration), you'll be ready for the final step, attaching the life-like porcelain crown to the implant.
Although the process can take several weeks to months, your discomfort should be minimal at any stage. In the end, your patience will be rewarded with a new, more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on the process of obtaining dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”
This is the only way to replace missing teeth for life. Find out if implants are right for you.
Tooth loss is not something that anyone should have to deal with, but unfortunately it affects millions of Americans. If you are currently in this boat, then it’s time you spoke with our Fairfax, VA dentist, Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili, about your treatment options. Dental implants have become an extremely popular restoration for many people living with tooth loss and it could help you too! This little restoration can offer big results.
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for implants, which is why it’s important to sit down with our Fairfax restorative dentist to find out if implants are right for you. Here are some factors that we will need to consider to determine your candidacy:
Your oral and general health
Those who want to get implants must be in the best of health. While you may be suffering from tooth loss, you shouldn’t be dealing with cavities or uncontrolled gum disease prior to treatment. You also shouldn’t be dealing with unmanaged health problems like heart disease or diabetes. While simply having these issues doesn’t mean that you can’t ever get implants, we want to make sure that you have these issues under control first.
Implants are an amazing option for adults of all ages. You are never too old for implants, but you can be too young! Since the jawbone of teens and children are still growing, this means that they aren’t ideal candidate for implants. By placing an implant into the jawbone while its still developing the implant could stunt the full growth of the jaws. That’s why implants are truly only a great option for adults and older teens whose jawbone has fully developed.
If you are a smoker then you are at a severely increased risk of implant failure. And if you don’t care for your smile properly you may also find that the implant won’t last as long as it should. That’s why it’s highly recommended that you quit smoking before getting implants and that you are truly dedicated to your oral care routine.
Your jawbone health
If you haven’t sought treatment right away then your jawbone may have lost a lot of density and strength during this time. If that is the case we may recommend getting bone grafting beforehand to strengthen the jawbone so that it can fully support the implant.
Dental implants are an amazing way to replace missing teeth in Fairfax, VA, and we believe you’ll agree once you see how they work. If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for implants then the next step is to call Fairfax Family Dentistry and schedule an appointment today.
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Fairfax dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Fairfax Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Fairfax dentist to schedule an appointment.