Dental Implants in Tysons Corner and Vienna
Dental implant technology allows patients to embrace beautiful new smiles that can last as long as a lifetime.
Dental implant technology has revolutionized restorative dentistry. The versatility of dental implants is unparalleled and can be used to restore smiles with many different needs. Dental implants can be used to replace single missing teeth, or help secure bridges and dentures. Dental implants are safe, effective and the results last longer than any other restorative dental procedure. And, restoration looks and feels as comfortable as your healthy natural teeth. Dr. Naik will have you smiling in no time!
what is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium piece of hardware that resembles a screw. The implant hardware is surgically placed into the jawbone. The purpose of dental implants is to replace the tooth root of a missing tooth or teeth. The implant provides a strong and natural feeling foundation for prosthetic teeth or other dental work. With dental implants, replacement teeth feel as comfortable and act as functionally well as your natural teeth. Let’s restore your smile and restore your confidence with dental implants.
The implant surgery procedure itself can be done in one visit and more than one dental implant can be placed in one visit at our local Vienna office. After the area has been prepped and anesthesia has been delivered, a small incision will be made in the gum and the implant will be screwed into the jawbone. Then the gum will be stitched closed. After the initial implant surgery, the area will need time to heal. During these few healing months, the implant will naturally fuse with the jawbone, creating a strong bond. At the end of the healing process an abutment will be placed on the implant, serving as a base for the new tooth or other restorative dental structure.
benefits of dental implants
Dental implants offer an attractive and long lasting alternative to bridges or dentures. They enhance the overall appearance of your smile and improve the structural integrity of your whole mouth. Dental implants will restore full functionality– so you’ll be eating, laughing, smiling and talking with all your Tysons Corner neighbors comfortably. After the dental implant process is complete, there’s no need to adjust oral hygiene habits. It will still be important to brush, floss and use mouthwash regularly. Implants are fully customized to fit your unique mouth and serve as a solid foundation to rebuild the natural and healthy looking smile you may have been
What Types of Dental Implants Are Available?
There are a few different types of dental implants that are used to restore missing teeth. Endosteal implants are, by far, the most widely-used type of dental implant. The word “endosteal” means “in the bone.” This type of implant is made out of titanium and is usually shaped like a screw. Endosteal implants are surgically implanted directly into the bone and gum where your missing tooth used to be. Over time, this type of implant will bond with the surrounding tissue. Once this process, called “osseointegration” is complete, the tooth is used as an artificial root to support an implant-supported restoration like a dental crown.
A commonly-used subtype of endosteal implants are called “mini implants.” Mini implants are placed in the gums and jaw similarly to endosteal implants, but they are much smaller and thinner. This means they can be used even in patients who may not have a strong enough jaw for a larger endosteal implant. Usually, they are not used to support a single-tooth restoration. Instead, multiple mini implants are used to support an implant-supported bridge or denture.
Subperiosteal implants are also sometimes used to restore teeth, but not as frequently as endosteal implants. This type of implant is made out of a metal framework that is placed under the gums but above the jaw bone. It has multiple posts that stick out through the gum tissue, allowing dental restorations to be placed. This type of implant can be used even for patients who have lost much of their jaw bone mass, but the surgery is very invasive and has a high risk of complications compared to endosteal implants.
What Can I Expect From the Dental Implant Procedure?
First, you’ll come in for an appointment with Dr. Naik, and she will determine if you’re a good candidate for implants. If you are, she will take images and x-rays of your head and mouth to begin developing your treatment plan.
At your next appointment, you will have your dental implant placed. Dr. Naik will clean and numb your mouth, then create a small opening in your gums and jaw to place the implant. Once it has been placed, the area will be cleaned and sutured shut, and you will be sent home.
Initial healing will only take a week or two, but it will take 3-6 months for the implant to bond permanently with your mouth. You’ll come in for regular visits to check on the progress of your implant, and Dr. Naik will also take impressions of your teeth so that she can begin creating your implant-supported restoration.
Once your implant has healed and your implant-supported restoration has been built, you’ll come in for your final appointment. Dr. Naik will check your restoration to make sure it fits properly, then bond it to the implant, completing the procedure.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
This depends on a wide variety of different factors, such as whether you want to be sedated during the procedure, the location of your missing tooth, and the need for additional pre-implant procedures like tooth extractions and alveoloplasty. If you’re located in Tysons Corner, Vienna, or McLean, we recommend getting in touch with the office of Dr. Priti Naik for a dental implant consultation today!
Dental Implants From Priti naiks DDS
Dr. Naik believes everyone should feel proud to show off their pearly whites! If you are missing teeth, dental implant surgery may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Dr. Naik partners with a highly qualified dental implant surgeon who will place the implant hardware. Afterward, Dr. Naik will restore your teeth with custom crowns, transforming your smile– all in one office. A comprehensive evaluation by Dr. Priti Naik and her knowledgeable staff will determine your eligibility for dental implants. Feel free to contact the office with any questions and set up an appointment at (703) 288-1800. The team serves multiple areas including Vienna, Tysons Corner, Falls Church, we’ll have you smiling in no time!