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March 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Have you ever had nightmares about your teeth falling out? It’s actually a common experience that can often signify insecurity or loss of power. That’s because even your brain knows just how important your smile is to your self-esteem, and so does Dr. Moutaz Abdeen of Alexandria Smiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA.

How to solve the issue of missing teeth?

Thanks to dental implants, dentists can fully restore your missing smile and confidence.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is the ideal tooth replacement. Not only does it feel and look just like a natural tooth, but it maintains the same strength, stability, and durability as natural teeth.

Dental implants don’t need removal while eating and sleeping and require no adjustments. This allows you to speak, eat and laugh, with no fuss or worries. Beyond basic oral hygiene, dental implants demand no special maintenance, giving them the functionality of any other tooth.

What are dental implants a good option?

The reason dental implants are so secure is that they are anchored in the jaw bone, giving them a firm base.

How does the procedure go?

Unlike other dental appliances, these permanent fixtures aren’t replaced and usually last a lifetime. Here's what the procedure entails:

  • First, a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone.
  • Then, an abutment piece is fixed onto the post.
  • Finally, a custom crown, designed by your Alexandria dentist is placed onto the implant, and viola, you have a brand-new tooth!

Want implants?

Our teeth represent such an important part of who we are. The ability to eat, speak, and laugh freely without a second thought is priceless. Being an empowered, confident individual is a cornerstone to our well-being. So if you suffer from tooth loss, whether it’s because of tooth decay or an injury, don’t hesitate to call (703) 671-0626 or visit to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moutaz Abdeen at Alexandria Smiles Dentistry in Alexandria, VA.

June 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Are you ready to fill the gaps in your smile? Dental implants offered by your Alexandria, VA, dentist, Dr. Moutaz Abdeen of Alexandria Smiles Dentistry, offer the ideal solution. Pairing implants with dental crowns creates brand new synthetic teeth that function just like natural teeth.

No other replacement option restores tooth roots and crowns

Your tooth roots give you the power you need to bite and chew foods that are hard, sticky, and tough with ease. If only the tops, or crowns, of the teeth are replaced, you may lose some biting power. Fortunately, that's not a concern with dental implants.

Tiny titanium posts, commonly called implants, are placed in your mouth during minor oral surgery in Alexandria. The posts become artificial tooth roots and soon begin to bond to your jawbone. Bonding is essential, as it ensures that your new roots are firmly attached to the bone. Newly bonded implants are topped with dental crowns that improve your appearance and allow you to chew.

Restoring lost roots helps you avoid resorption, a condition that occurs when your jawbone begins to shrink. Your roots constantly press on your jawbone and help keep it healthy and strong. If your roots aren't replaced after tooth loss, your jawbone may slowly begin to shrink. As it shrinks, other teeth may loosen, and the bone may not be able to adequately support the muscles in the lower part of your face.

Dental implants offer a long-lasting restoration option

Most people will never need to replace their dental implants. Thanks to the unique bone-bonding capability of titanium, your new roots become a permanent part of your jawbone. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily will keep your dental implants healthy and prevent infections that could loosen the implants.

Implants can be less costly in the long run

Comparing lifetime costs of all of the restoration methods that you're considering can help you decide on the most cost-effective option. Consider how often you'll need to replace restorations and how much each replacement will cost. You'll probably discover that your lifetime costs are fairly low with dental implants. In fact, you'll only need to replace your crowns occasionally due to normal wear and tear.

Complete your smile with dental implants and crowns! Call your dentist in Alexandria, VA, Dr. Abdeen of Alexandria Smiles Dentistry, at (703) 671-0626 to make your appointment.

By Alexandria Smiles Dentistry
February 12, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Ed Helms is best known for his role as the self-absorbed, Ivy League sales rep, Andy Bernard, on television's The Office. But to millions of fans he's also Stu, a member of a bachelor trip to Las Vegas in the 2009 movie The Hangover. In it, Stu and his friends wake up from a wild night on the Strip to find some things missing: the groom-to-be, their memories and, for Stu, a front tooth.

In reality, the missing tooth gag wasn't a Hollywood makeup or CGI (computer-generated imagery) trick—it was Ed Helm's actual missing tooth. According to Helms, the front tooth in question never developed and he had obtained a dental implant to replace it. He had the implant crown removed for the Hangover movie and then replaced after filming.

Helms' dental situation isn't that unusual. Although most of the 170 million-plus teeth missing from Americans' mouths are due to disease or trauma, a few happened because the teeth never formed. While most of these congenitally missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, a few, as in Helms' case, involve front teeth in the “smile zone,” which can profoundly affect appearance.

Fortunately, people missing undeveloped teeth have several good options to restore their smiles and dental function. The kind of tooth missing could help determine which option to use. For example, a bridge supported by the teeth on either side of the gap might work well if the teeth on either side are in need of crowns.

If the missing tooth happens to be one or both of the lateral incisors (on either side of the centermost teeth), it could be possible to move the canine teeth (the pointy ones, also called eye teeth) to fill the gap. This technique, known as canine substitution, may also require further modification—either by softening the canines' pointed tips, crowning them or applying veneers—to help the repositioned teeth look more natural.

The optimal solution, though, is to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant which then has a lifelike crown attached to it, as Ed Helms did to get his winning smile. Implant-supported replacement teeth are closest to natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function. Implants, though, shouldn't be placed until the jaw has fully developed, usually in early adulthood. A younger person may need a temporary restoration like a bonded bridge or a partial denture until they're ready for an implant.

Whatever the method, there's an effective way to restore missing teeth. Seeing us for an initial exam is the first step toward your own winning smile.

If you would like more information about restoring missing teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

July 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

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 toothdental implants 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.

By Alexandria Smiles Dentistry
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants ModelIsn’t it time you understood more about this popular tooth replacement?

Want to replace your missing tooth with the next best thing to a real tooth? Wondering how dental implants work and what makes someone a good candidate for this restorative treatment? Our Alexandria, VA, dentist Dr. Moutaz Abdeen has been giving patients beautiful, full smiles thanks to dental implants and you could be next. But first, understanding more about this tooth replacement is key.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a small titanium post that functions like tooth roots and is placed into the jawbone where your missing tooth used to be. What makes implants different from other tooth replacement options is that the metal post and the jawbone fuse together naturally over the course of several months to become one. Once this occurs the implant is a permanent part of your mouth, providing a strong and stable base from which to hold a crown or even dentures in place.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

People will be happy to hear that many healthy adults are good candidates for dental implants. In order to get implants you need to maintain good oral and general health, you must not smoke, you must have a strong healthy jawbone that can support the implant, and you must be dedicated to the lengthy treatment process of getting your new tooth. A consultation with our Alexandria, VA, restorative dentist will help you determine your candidacy for implants.

How long do implants last?

Another unique benefit of implant is that they fuse together with the jawbone, making them a permanent structure within your mouth. This means that as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and care for your implant properly this restoration could end up lasting the rest of your life.

Do I have to undergo surgery to get a dental implant?

Yes, you will have to undergo surgery. Fortunately, implant surgery is very minor and is performed right here in our dental office under local anesthesia. During surgery we will open up the gums to reveal the jawbone. From there, a small hole is drilled into the jawbone where the implant will then be placed. It takes about 45 minutes to place an implant and you can go home immediately after.


If you are living in Alexandria, Shirlington, or Bailey’s Crossroads, VA, and want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental implants then call Alexandria Smiles Dentistry today to schedule your free consultation.