Missing Teeth? Why Not ‘Grow’ New Ones?
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implants are the ideal way to replace lost teeth. From the front of the mouth, where they are most visible, to the back, where they provide stability to chew a full variety of foods, implants can help you recapture a beautiful and healthy smile. Implants stimulate the jawbone, maintaining density and preventing the bone loss that often leads to a “sunken,” more aged look. Replacing missing teeth with implants also improves function for chewing and talking, bringing added security and boosted confidence.
How Dental Implants Work
Unlike bridges or removable dentures, which sit on top of the gums, dental implants are placed under the gums. The “tooth” placed on an implant appears life-like, because it comes through the gums just like the original did – it’s like growing a new tooth! Implants can be used to replace any number of lost teeth. Even people with no teeth can benefit from implants, because they can replace their dentures with teeth that don’t move around when they talk and don’t need to be taken out at night. Because we handle the entire process from implant placement to crown fabrication, there’s no need to be referred to another office.
Overdentures – No More Messy Denture Adhesives!
People who wear dentures will tell you that the worst part is having their teeth slip, tilt, or slide while they’re eating. They have to use denture adhesive to try to keep their teeth from moving around. This is a major irritant for them. But now, at Smile Design of Northern Virginia, we offer our denture patients an alternative – overdentures.
With the use of just a few dental implants to support the dentures, your teeth will be “locked” into place so they won’t move. Yet they easily snap off for cleaning. Say goodbye to messy creams! Ask us if you are a candidate for overdentures!
Immediate Load Implants – Another Option
In addition to traditional implants, we are also happy to offer our patients All-on-4™ immediate load implants. With this option, you will need only four implants, which securely hold permanent dentures in place that never need to be taken out. And the best part is that you can arrive in our office with missing or unhealthy teeth and leave with beautiful, functioning teeth – all in the same day.
Cone Beam Imaging
Cone beam CT digital imaging technology is like a three-dimensional X-ray that is far more accurate than traditional X-rays, takes much less time, and does all this with much less radiation exposure. The dentist’s ability to clearly see the patient’s anatomy in 3-D leads to much greater accuracy for all dental treatment, especially implant placement and any oral surgeries.