For a long time, teeth loss caused by tooth decay, injuries, and other disease were treated using bridges and dentures. Advancements in dental technology have made dental implants available to remedy problems associated with teeth loss. Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that are made to match natural teeth. They can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all teeth. The role of dental implants is to restore function and the esthetics of the teeth.
There are three main types of dental implants: the Endosteal, which is the most common type of dental implant as it is suitable for most patients. The endosteal implant is placed into the jaw then the false teeth are fitted on it. The Subperiosteal is another type of dental implant that is not provided into the bone but rather rests on top of the bone. This dental implant is suitable for patients who don’t have a strong jaw. Zygomatic is the third type of dental implant that most dentists do not commonly use. It is placed on the cheekbone, unlike other implants, and this procedure is very complicated. It is only done if the patient is not suitable for the different types of implants. The benefits of dental implants include:
Dental implants are fused on the jawline. Thus they become permanent after the procedure. They have natural teeth look and thus improve the appearance of the teeth and thus brighten the appearance of your smile. This will enhance your self-esteem and help you feel better about yourself.
Dentures may be poor fitting, thus causing teeth to slip within the mouth, and you may mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow the patient to speak without teeth stumbling or mumbling.
Dentures and bridges may cause discomfort to the patient, but implants are very comfortable. Dental implants allow a patient to eat quickly without sliding teeth, like in the case of dentures.
With proper care and oral hygiene, dental implants can last for many years.
Like any medical procedure, there are chances of risks and complications arising from dental implant procedures. Therefore, it is essential to consult qualified dentists who will access you are healthy enough for the surgery. The dentist will review if you have any preexisting conditions, infections, allergies, or bleeding disorders that could cause complications during the procedure.
The procedure’s success rate is high as complications occur on infrequent occasions. Complications include:
The costs of dental implants vary depending on the region and the dentist performing the procedure. A single dental implant costs approximately $3,000 to $4,500. Unfortunately, most dental insurance does not pay for the procedure.
Dental implants are durable enough to last a lifetime and allow our patients to continue to enjoy all the benefits of a full, beautiful smile. At Cochran Family Dental, we place our dental implants with skill, experience, and a compassionate touch. We serve the cities of Leesburg, Ashburn, and Purcellville with modern and comprehensive dental care services. To learn more about dental implants, call us today to schedule an appointment at 703-771-9034, or email us using the contact form on this page.