Dealing with tooth loss in Alexandria, VA? Dental implants could restore your smile.
Tooth loss isn’t as uncommon as you might. In fact, millions of American adults are missing one or more teeth. If you are looking for a tooth replacement that both looks and feels like a real tooth then it’s time to talk to our Alexandria, VA, dentist Dr. Moutaz Abdeen about getting a dental implant.
How a Dental Implant Works
An implant is a small biocompatible metal screw that is placed within the jawbone to support a false tooth. The titanium of the implant allows it to integrate with the bone and tissue safely, fusing together to become one. It takes anywhere from 3-6 months for this fusion (known as osseointegration) to take place, after which, a false tooth is ready to be anchored onto the top of the implant.
Most people consider getting a dental implant when they are missing a single tooth; however, even patients living with significant or complete tooth loss in Alexandria, VA, can benefit from getting dental implants. In fact, our restorative dentist can place multiple implants along the jawbone to hold dentures in place, making implants an ideal option for anyone who has dentures but isn’t fully satisfied with their fit. Implants can make it so dentures to do not move or shift around in your mouth.
A Good Candidate for Dental Implants
Dental implants boast a 98-percent success rate when properly placed, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), which is why so many adults want to get implants to replace their missing tooth or teeth. If you are an otherwise healthy individual who maintains good oral hygiene and is dedicated to undergoing the full implant treatment process then you could be an ideal candidate.
There are many factors that our Alexandria, VA, cosmetic dentist will need to consider before determining whether you are right for implants. Patients who are suffering from chronic illnesses or who have a compromised immune system are not right for implants. Those with significant bone loss may require bone grafting surgery prior to getting implants in order to ensure that the jawbone is strong enough to support an implant for the long term.
Do dental implants sound like the best option for replacing your missing teeth? If you are interested in learning more or finding out if they are right for you then call Alexandria Smiles Dentistry today to schedule your free consultation.