Dental Implants for Ashburn, VA
If you’ve lost or need to replace one or more natural teeth, it’s time to learn about your options in tooth replacement. A traditional bridge or removable denture might help, but there’s an even better option to consider: dental implants. They’re the more stable, natural-looking solution -- and they promote better oral health, too. You can have the entire procedure completed at the state-of-the-art office of your dentist in 20147, Dr. Sabharwal.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts made of titanium that are designed to act as replacement tooth roots. They do this by forming a natural bond with bone tissue in the patient’s upper or lower jaw, a process known as osseointegration. Implant dentistry has been used for decades to help patients replace one, several or a full row of missing teeth to achieve complete, healthy smiles.
Why Do I Need An Implant?
Losing one or more teeth results in serious changes to oral and overall health. Our bones need stimulation to thrive -- and when you’ve lost a tooth, the supporting jawbone may resorb due to the lack of activity normally provided by the tooth’s root. What’s more, one or more gaps in your smile give food and bacteria additional room to accumulate, increasing your risk for gum disease or tooth decay. And with ample room to move around, your remaining teeth may even drift out of their natural position, causing significant orthodontic issues.
With all of this in mind, replacing the tooth and its root with dental implants is imperative. In addition to improving your oral health, properly placed implants improve lip and cheek appearance in addition to enhancing comfortable speech, chewing and overall oral health.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are not the best choice for everyone. Patients who have had significant jawbone degeneration due to their tooth loss may require bone grafting before their procedure, or may not be eligible for the procedure at all. Additionally, patients with health conditions that impede proper healing after surgical procedures are not good candidates for traditional dental implants.
What Is the Procedure for Dental Implants Like?
Treatment with dental implants is a two-phase process. Before the process actually begins, our team carefully examines X-rays and dentition to determine proper placement for your implant(s). Then, in the first phase of treatment, your oral surgeon inserts the appropriate number of implants into the supporting jawbone. As the site of your surgical procedure heals -- a process which may take from four to eight months -- you’ll wear a temporary prosthetic. When the healing process is complete, you return to our Ashburn office for the second phase of treatment, the attachment of your new prosthetic.
Get Started Today!
Would you like to know if dental implants in Ashburn are right for you? Dr. Sabharwal would be happy to help you answer that question during a dental implant consultation visit. Give us a call with your questions or to schedule a visit with us -- we can’t wait to help you enjoy a full smile once again.