Are you missing a tooth or multiple teeth? In the past, there weren’t many options to replace missing teeth. Usually, replacing a missing tooth meant you had to wear a removable prosthesis or alter teeth adjacent to the gap to place a fixed bridge. As modern implant dentistry has evolved, however, dental implants can now be used to fill in missing tooth space without making modifications to adjacent, healthy teeth. In fact, the American Dental Association says that dental implants are considered the standard of care when replacing a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
Getting a dental implant involves surgical placement of the dental implant post, and the creation of a new crown commonly referred to as the restoration. It can be difficult to find a dental practice that does the implant placement and restoration, but Dr. Richard Koh, a board-certified periodontist at Chantilly Green Dental Care, offers both the placement and restoration of your dental implants. Ensure consistency of your treatment, and get results that are up to our standard when you choose us for your dental implant procedure.
What is a Dental Implant and How does it Work?
Aside from restoring your chewing capability and enhancing your smile, one of the greatest benefits of a dental implant is that it replace
s both your missing tooth and the root. A tooth implant can be broken down into three basic components:
Dental Implant Post – This part of the tooth implant resembles a tiny screw. The dental implant post is made of titanium so it can integrate with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. For the dental implant procedure, the dental implant post is surgically placed and the patient is allowed several months to heal so the implant is stable before the dental implant crown is attached.
Abutment – After the tooth implant post has fused with the jawbone, a dental implant dentist will attach a custom abutment to the post. The abutment is a small metal cap that connects the dental implant crown to the dental implant post.
Tooth Restoration – The tooth restoration is the dental implant crown that attaches to the post. The restoration is usually made of porcelain and is formed to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth. Patients that are missing multiple teeth can choose to have an implant-supported dental bridge or dentures instead of multiple dental implant crowns.
Reasons to consider dental implants:
- To replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Dental implants can sometimes resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- To restore your confident smile.
- To restore normal chewing, speech, and digestion.
- To restore or enhance facial tissues.
- To support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
- If you need to replace missing teeth or a single tooth, implants are a stable, permanent solution.
Our Approach to Implant Dentistry in Fairfax, VA
Choosing a dental practice with a periodontist on staff is a smart move for those in need of dental implants in Fairfax, VA. The American Academy of Periodontology defines a periodontist as a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants.
Many times, dental practices that only restore dental implants refer patients to an oral surgeon who places dental implants, then they require the patient to come back to have a permanent restoration attached to the implant. Our approach to implant dentistry in Fairfax, VA is different because we have multiple specialists under one roof and we can place and restore dental implants.
How much do dental implants cost?
We understand that cost is an important factor when it comes to any dental procedure. The cost of dental implants depends on several factors including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Additionally, some procedures may be necessary before the dental implant is placed to ensure the longevity of your dental implants. To obtain an estimate specific to your case, it’s best to have our Fairfax dental implant dentists examine your situation and treatment goals.
Questions about Dental Implants? Ready for a Dental Implant Consultation in Fairfax?
If you’re considering dental implants to restore your smile, we highly encourage you to contact us and request a consultation. During your initial consultation, we will determine if you’re a good candidate for implants based on x-rays and a thorough exam. If you’re a good candidate, we will explain the various phases of treatment (placement, healing, and restoration) and answer any of your questions before moving forward.