If you have lost teeth, dental implants may be the solution for you! Implants are designed to give you a long-term replacement for your missing teeth so that you can enjoy a beautiful smile and excellent oral health and function. Call Costa Dentistry to learn more about dental implants in Ashburn and Great Falls, Virginia, and reserve your free consultation.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are a type of restoration designed to replace both the root and the crown of your missing tooth. They consist of an implant post, typically made of titanium or another biocompatible material, and an implant restoration. The implant restoration is placed atop the post to complete your treatment and may consist of a crown, bridge or denture. Implants may be used to replace individual teeth, several teeth or an entire arch of teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Implants restore your smile and your ability to chew and speak normally. Because implants also replace the tooth roots, they work to promote better long-term oral health by stimulating your supporting bone tissue to keep it healthy so that your teeth will remain stable.
Is there anything that needs to be done before I can receive an implant?
Our dentists will need to thoroughly examine your mouth to determine if you have sufficient supporting bone structure for an implant. You may need to have a bone grafting procedure prior to your implant placement to help ensure that the implant will be stable once placed. If you have tooth decay, gum disease or another condition, you will also need to receive treatment before your implant can be placed.
How long will a dental implant last?
Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime. You can keep your dental implant in good condition by practicing good oral hygiene at home and visiting our office regularly for preventive care.
Who is a candidate for implant dentistry?
Anyone who is missing a tooth is a candidate for implant dentistry. You should be able to receive an implant without difficulty as long as your mouth is healthy.
How should I care for my implant?
You should care for your implant exactly as you would your natural teeth. This includes flossing daily, brushing twice each day and visiting the dentist regularly for preventive care.
How long will it take to complete my treatment?
Each patient is unique, and the number of visits needed to complete your implant treatment will vary depending on how many teeth are being replaced, the health of your supporting bone tissue, and the techniques and materials used in your procedure. We will provide you with an estimated timeline after your consultation.