Missing teeth do more than leave unattractive holes in your smile –– the gap also poses a serious threat to your oral health. At Zadeh Dental in Arlington, Virginia, David Zadeh, DDS, replaces missing teeth with high-quality and state-of-the-art dental implants. Start improving your smile and oral health today and schedule an implant consultation with Zadeh Dental by calling the office or booking a visit online.
Dental implants are tiny posts that serve as artificial tooth roots. They’re made from biocompatible substances, like titanium or ceramic, and are inserted into your jawbone. Because your body doesn’t recognize that a biocompatible substance is a foreign object, your jawbone fuses with your dental implants as you heal from the procedure. This process is called osseointegration.
Once your implants have osseointegrated, they become a firm and sturdy foundation used to support a restoration, like a crown, bridge, or dentures. When used in conjunction with a high-quality restoration, a dental implant provides you with a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions just like the real thing.
Dental implants are the most technologically advanced method for replacing missing teeth and have several benefits for your oral health, including:
One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is their ability to provide your jawbone with healthy stimulation. When your jawbone isn’t properly stimulated, it begins to resorb, or deteriorate, leading to bone loss and a sunken-in appearance in your face.
Unlike bridges or dentures, which only replace your missing teeth above the gumline, a dental implant actually connects to your jawbone. This enables it to stimulate your jawbone and prevent bone loss.
It takes a few visits over the course of several months to install your dental implants.
During your first visit, your dentist makes a small incision in your gums, drills a hole in your jaw, and inserts your implant in your jawbone. Your provider stitches you up and lets you heal for a few months, during which time your implant fuses to your bone.
Once your implant has fused, your dentist places your abutment. Your abutment is a tiny post that connects to the implant, sticks up out of your gumline, and attaches to your restoration. In some cases, your abutment is already attached to your implant during your first procedure, but many implants require this second step.
After your abutment is in place, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth. If you’re only getting a crown, Zadeh Dental offers CEREC® same-day crowns that are made on an in-office milling machine. If you’re getting any other restoration, your dentist sends your impression to an offsite lab that designs and builds your restoration so that it fits perfectly in your mouth.
When your restoration is finished, your dentist seals it in place, completing your tooth-replacement process. You’ll be able to eat, speak, and smile as if you were never missing a tooth, or teeth, in the first place.
Schedule an implant consultation with Zadeh Dental by calling the office or booking a visit online and replace your missing teeth today.