Whether patients have missing teeth due to trauma or decay, dental implants are the ultimate solution for repairing empty gaps in the mouth. Under the care of our oral surgeons, patients can receive dental implants to replace a single missing tooth or an entire arch of missing teeth. The process can be completely customized to each patient’s needs and offers the natural tooth-replacement treatment currently on the market. In addition to providing aesthetic improvements, dental implants also give patients improved abilities to eat, drink, and speak.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Compared to other methods of teeth replacement, such as crowns, dentures, or bridges, dental implants are far superior. Because the implants eventually fuse with the jaw, they become extremely secure, providing a long-lasting and durable solution. The main reasons this method is preferred include:
- The enhanced ability to chew, drink, and speak, which can improve diet and self-confidence.
- The long lifespan of an implant, which can last for decades without needing any repair or replacement.
- The prevention of bone loss in the jaw. When teeth are missing in the jaw, bone in this area begins to degrade because of lack of stimulation. Implants take the place of teeth to keep the jaw strong.
- The ability to brush and maintain the teeth without removing them or soaking them overnight.
- An improved facial profile and smile, boosting self-esteem.
What Is the Dental Implant Procedure Like?
The exact dental implant procedure varies from patient to patient. Some patients may require damaged teeth to be extracted before the implants can be placed; if so, this can all be done in the same session. If the patient has been missing teeth for some time, it’s also possible they’ll need bone grafting to help rebuild the jaw in the areas where it has become less dense.
Once it’s time to add the implants, patients will be put under an anesthetic so they are comfortable. After a certain time period explained by your doctor, the implant integrates (or the bone grows into the implant) and the final crown (or prosthesis) is custom made for each patient.
What Happens After Dental Implants?
Dental implants typically take about three to four months to completely heal, meaning that patients won’t see immediate results after the procedure. Rather, they’ll have to come back in a few months to have their permanent crowns attached to the implants. Patients will have customized teeth created just for them for a smile that matches the shape and size of the other remaining teeth.
Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants From Reston Advanced Oral and Cosmetic Facial Surgery
For patients that are struggling with missing teeth, dental implants provide the most natural looking and effective solution currently available. With help from our doctors at Reston Advanced Oral and Cosmetic Facial Surgery, you can finally get the beautiful and functional smile you’ve been dreaming of.
To learn more about how our highly experienced and caring doctors can create a personalized treatment plan for your issues, contact us today at (571) 595-3223.