Padmaja Yalamanchili, DDS, PC
General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Fairfax, VA
A missing tooth affects your life in a variety of ways. Not only does it cause a noticeable gap in your smile, but it also affects the way you talk and eat. That’s why Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili, DDS PC offers dental implants — tooth replacements that can last a lifetime — right from the comfort of her office in Fairfax, Virginia. To learn more, call the office or schedule your appointment online.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that serve as the root for your replacement tooth. While other tooth replacement options like dentures and bridges rely on your surrounding teeth or gums for support, a dental implant gives you the same firm foundation as a natural tooth root. This way, you get a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and lasts just like a natural tooth.
Placing your dental implant in your jawbone requires a minor surgical procedure. Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili, DDS PC is extremely experienced in placing dental implants and performs this procedure from the comfort of her office. She uses an anesthetic to keep you relaxed and comfortable during the entire procedure.
How does a dental implant work?
Once the post is implanted in your jawbone, it serves as the root for a porcelain tooth crown that looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
In some cases, you’ll need to wait for your jaw to heal from the dental implant before your crown can be added to the post. In others, you’ll be able to get a temporary tooth placed on your dental implant the same day as your procedure.
Dr. Yalamanchili lets you know what to expect based on the determining factors, including the health of your jawbone and the number of teeth you need to have replaced.
Dental implants are highly effective at replacing single teeth, but they can also be used to replace a series of teeth or even the full top or bottom arch. And you don’t need one implant per tooth, either. Dr. Yalamanchili replaces full arches of teeth with as few as four dental implants.
While getting a dental implant is a more invasive procedure than other types of replacement teeth, patients choose it for two key reasons.
First, dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. That means you can talk, eat, laugh, and drink normally and comfortably. Secondly, dental implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement option. In fact, with proper care, they last a lifetime.
How do I take care of my dental implants?
One of the best things about dental implants is that you care for them just like you care for your natural teeth. Provided you brush and floss daily and visit Dr. Yalamanchili biannually for checkups and cleanings, your dental implant should last for life.
Get started with your dental implant by calling Dr. Padmaja Yalamanchili, DDS PC or schedule your appointment online.