Tysons Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Before you get started with your implant supported tooth replacement plan, the Avanti Dentistry team knows you’ll have a lot of questions. That’s a good thing. We want you to feel 100% confident before beginning such a complex tooth replacement option that requires a large time and monetary investment. On this page, you’ll find some answers to dental implant frequently asked questions. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and every situation is unique. The best way to learn more about your dental implant tooth replacement options is calling to schedule a consultation appointment at Avanti Dentistry in Tysons. During these consultation visits, we’ll be happy to answer any questions and partner with you to find the right treatment option to meet your needs.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts that can be used to replace lost tooth roots. Prior to placement, these implants look similar to a small screw. Once in place, the implants fuse with the gum and bone tissue mimicking the function of tooth roots.
Who Should Consider Dental Implants?
Any patient missing a single tooth, several teeth, or a full row of teeth should consider restoration with a dental implant replacement tooth or teeth. These are the only treatments available that replace both the roots and crowns of missing teeth, creating a close to natural end result.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are surgically positioned into the gum and jawbone. The procedure itself is simple. We make a small incision in the gums. Then, the implant is positioned into the jawbone. A protective cap is placed to allow the site to heal and protect the implant as it fuses with the supportive structures. It can take three to six months for implants to fuse with the jawbone, but once your implants are firmly anchored by the supportive structures, you’ll return to our practice to receive your replacement tooth or teeth.
How Many Dental Implants do I Need?
The number of implants depends on how many teeth you’re replacing. A single implant can be used to support a dental crown, replacing one tooth. To replace several consecutive teeth, we can use two implant posts, one at each end, supporting a fixed bridge restoration. To replace numerous consecutive and/or nonconsecutive teeth or a full row of teeth, three to six dental implants can be strategically positioned to provide support for your tooth replacement prosthetic.
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
If you care for your implant supported replacement tooth properly, it can remain in place for two decades or longer without the need for repair or replacement. In fact, many patients keep their implant replacement tooth or teeth for the rest of their lives.
Do I Need to Change My At-Home Care Routine?
If you have a single crown supported with an implant post, you can just go ahead brush and floss as usual. You may want to change your toothbrush and toothpaste to avoid excessive wear and switch to a waxed floss to avoid pulling around the crown. If you have a more advanced restoration like a bridge, partial, or full denture, you will likely need to make some adjustments to your oral hygiene routine. Namely, one of our team members may need to show you how to use a specialized flossing tool or water flosser to remove plaque buildup that can accumulate between the replacement teeth and the soft tissue, leading to a form of gum disease called perioimplantitis that is the leading cause of implant failure. You should also keep up with your regular dental checkups in our office, so our skilled dentist can examine your prosthetic for signs of damage and help to keep your replacement tooth or teeth healthy and functional.
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