Are you missing one or more of your teeth? Vienna VA restorative dentist Dr. Gerald provides dental restorations to his patients with lost or missing teeth, including all types of dental implants.
Dental implants are titanium posts a dentist or oral surgeon inserts into the missing tooth socket. They fuse with the jawbone to provide the stability and durability of a natural tooth. Dental implants can reduce bone loss in the jaw and restore natural chewing function as well as normal speech. Patients who have many missing teeth or whole arches of lost teeth benefit from implants as they can secure dental bridges or dentures. Dental implants are a versatile and efficient tooth replacement options for patients who want to fill the gaps in their smile with the most natural-looking and functioning results.
Dental Implant Treatment
The dental implant procedure begins with a thorough exam. First, Dr. Gerald will make sure that your teeth and gums are stable and free from infection prior to implant treatment. You will need to be in good oral health for the highest success rate. Then he will take dental impressions to help plan your treatment.
He will refer you to a local oral surgeon for the dental implant surgery phase. This surgeon will insert the titanium implant post in the soft tissues of the mouth. Your mouth will heal over a period of three to six months and fuse with the dental implant. Once the surgical site is heals, your dentist will place an abutment over top at our dental office. The abutment is a piece that connects the implant post to the dental crown.
Lastly, we will create a realistic crown to cap the implant and completely restore your smile. If we are replacing many teeth, we may place an implant-supported denture or bridge. You will leave our office with the best long-term solution to your tooth loss.
Dental Implant FAQs
Learn more about dental implant treatment below.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Firstly, patients do not need frequent appointments to maintain or repair their bridge or denture. Implant-secured dental restorations are adhesive-free and do not slip around the mouth. Patients can also eat the foods they love without restrictions. Implants and replacement teeth revitalize the function of the bite and retain the bone in the jaw. This also means that patients can eat, bite, and speak comfortably.
How long is the dental implant process?
The entire dental implant process can take six to nine months. This is because dental implants require time to fuse with the jawbone. Patients may also need tooth extraction treatment, periodontal therapy, or bone grafting treatment prior to their implant surgery. These treatments ensure that the teeth and gums are healthy enough for dental implants.
How do I care for my dental implants or implant restoration?
You can brush and floss your dental implants just like your natural teeth. Remember to schedule regular dental visits so we can keep track of your health and ensure that your dental implants are functioning properly. Dental implants that are cared for properly can last for years to come. If you ever have any problems with your dental implant or implant repair, let us know and we can recommend the best method of treatment.
Schedule a Dental Consultation Today
Want to know more about what dental implants can do for your smile? Contact Dr. Gerald and his professional dental team at (703) 721-4796. You can also request a dental appointment on our website. Dr. Gerald sees patients from Oakton, Falls Church, Fairfax, Vienna, and Northern Virginia. Please let Dr. Gerald or a member of his team know if you have any further questions or concerns.