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Do you have a cracked, missing, loose, or infected tooth? If so, dental implants may help with any of these issues. Nova Premier Dental can help you determine if dental implants are the right solution for you. Get in touch with us today in Falls Church, VA.
A dental implant is an artificial root that is surgically placed in the jaw, to take the place of your natural tooth that may have been lost due to decay or an accident. After healing this artificial root will have a custom abutment made so it can now support a dental prosthesis such as a denture, bridge or crown.
The entire process of dental implant surgery usually takes place over several appointments and months to ensure complete success.
First, to ensure your jawbone can support dental implants, a bone graft might be needed. Also, some people may need to have their tooth extracted. If so, then both procedures require time for healing.
Once we have verified that the jawbone is strong enough, we can then surgically place the implant. This will take a few weeks or months to heal.
After we ensure the implant has integrated correctly with the surrounding bone — known as osseointegration — then we will place the abutment, create a custom crown, and place it on the abutment. That crown might also be part of a dental bridge or dentures.
There are several differences between a natural tooth and a dental implant for the dentist and patient to consider. With dental implants, there are no ligaments or “shock absorbers” like natural teeth have. Therefore the bite has to be meticulously adjusted so it will fit perfectly with the remaining teeth when biting. A custom-made night-guard may be needed to prevent subconscious nocturnal grinding that can cause your bite to shift and may lead to crown fractures, bone loss around implants, and even a structural catastrophic failure of your implant itself.
Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to diseases such as tooth decay. However, there is a misconception that dental implants do not require maintenance or a regular professional “dental-cleaning.” Maintaining healthy gums is vital to maintaining implant success. Plaque and calculus from saliva and food debris will still accumulate around dental implants. This material needs to be professionally removed to prevent failure of your prosthesis due to infection and bone loss.
To ensure long-term success for your dental implant, routine home care by you and professional check-ups with cleanings are essential to dental implant longevity. For single dental implants home care, brush and floss as you normally would. If you have dentures, make sure to soak them in denture cleaning solutions and rinse them before putting them back in your mouth. We will always check over the dental implants whenever you come in for a professional cleaning and maintenance. We will ensure that they look good, perform well, and don’t cause any irritation or discomfort. Each individual is different, and success comes with proper diagnosis and planning, the patient’s medical history, daily maintenance and a variety of other factors.
There are many brands of implants and their associated parts. Use of incompatible parts by someone who does not have the adequate experience can lead to pain, or worse yet, fracture of the implant or even your natural teeth. This is just one of the many reasons why an experienced prosthodontist is needed.
If you have a dental condition that might warrant dental implants, we’re ready to help you. Call us today at (703) 532-7586 to schedule your consultation.
Single implant root with implant crown on top