Dental Implants – Gainesville, VA
A Complete, Beautiful Smile for Life
Throughout your life, you had never expected to find yourself living with missing teeth; however, now you are among the 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth. To regain a complete smile, you have tried traditional tooth replacement options, like bridges, partials, or dentures but they did not give you the results you wanted. As an alternative, you are considering dental implants, but you are a bit hesitant because they do require dental surgery. Despite your apprehension, D Smiles Family Dentistry highly recommends them. With over a 95% success rate, you will make a long-term investment in your confidence, oral health, and quality of life.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to fully restore the entire structure of your missing tooth. Because of the materials they are made from (titanium), they are durable, functional, and long-lasting, all of which will work to restore your smile and improve your quality of life. As the superior restorative treatment method for missing teeth, you can feel confident making this worthwhile investment in your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
There are three parts to a dental implant: the implant post (root), abutment, and the custom restoration that lives on top of the implant. Made of titanium, the post mimics your tooth’s root, helping to stimulate the bone and keep it from deteriorating. The abutment connects the implant to the prosthetic, and the restoration restores the look of a natural tooth.
Because we not only place but also restore dental implants, our expert team will surgically place them into the jawbone before sending you home to recover. During this time, the implants will fuse to the bone and surrounding tissue, and your gums will be able to heal.
Once you are fully healed, you’ll return to have us replace your missing tooth with a custom-made dental restoration, creating a natural-looking, beautiful, and healthy smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Compared to non-implant retained options in tooth replacement, dental implants offer a wealth of benefits for patients who have lost one or more teeth. Some of the most considerable advantages of this method of replacement include:
- Dental implants rebuild the missing tooth structure from the root up for the most natural-looking and stable replacement possible
- Dental implants are easy to clean and maintain
- A comprehensive tooth replacement promotes oral and overall health
- You can eat what you like with the stability of dental implants
- Dental implants promote clearer speech
- Dental implants can correct prior dental misalignments
- When cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime
Indications for Dental Implants
To complete your smile, the number of implant posts needed will vary depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.
Missing One Tooth
For a single missing tooth, an implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone. After the bone has healed, an abutment is attached to connect a custom-made dental crown. Unlike with a traditional fixed bridge, this method does not require the alteration of the surrounding teeth.
Missing Several Teeth
In the case of several missing teeth, a bridge of prosthetic teeth is created to fill the space. This set of teeth is then held in place using one or two implant posts.
Missing All Teeth
A custom-made denture will be anchored to your jawbone using an average of four implant posts. With the use of the posts, you will not have to worry about any slipping, irritation, or discomfort. Your new teeth will stay firmly in place, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile with ease.
Cost of Dental Implants
If you are ready to complete your smile with dental implants, it is natural to be concerned about the cost of treatment. Although they do tend to cost more than traditional options, they are more affordable long-term. The amount you can expect to pay will vary as their cost is influenced by several factors, such as the number of teeth being treated, additional procedures, and insurance coverage.
To protect your investment, it is best to brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night before going to bed. Pay extra attention when cleaning around the implant posts to reduce your risk for an infection that can lead to implant failure. In addition, do not forget to visit your dentist twice a year for preventive care.
Dental Implant Special
Patients who are interested in the idea of replacing their missing teeth with dental implants now have the opportunity to take advantage of a special offer! At D Smiles Family Dentistry, we are offering a complimentary dental implant consultation. This is your chance to learn more about this unique and innovate restorative treatment that can give you a beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Dental Implant Aftercare
While dental implants are quite sturdy and have the potential to last for decades, they won’t do you much good if you don’t take proper care of them. To prevent problems with your new teeth, it’s important that you brush and floss them daily, shield them from possible injuries, and visit us regularly for checkups. These habits will drastically reduce the likelihood of an infection or other issue compromising the long-term success of your new smile.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants are a permanent solution to treat tooth loss. Although they are an excellent investment, you’re making a long-term decision for your smile. As a result, it’s normal to have several questions before you’re ready to commit to the treatment. We take the time to explain the process and address any concerns during your initial consultation. While you wait for your visit, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to help you make the best choice for your smile.
Am I too old for dental implants?
If you’ve finished growing, your age doesn’t matter if you’re interested in dental implants. Instead, your implant dentist considers several other factors when determining your candidacy for the treatment, such as your oral and general health. We’ll perform a comprehensive consultation to ensure dental implants are the right tooth replacement solution for you.
Can I get dental implants if I have periodontal disease?
If you’ve lost teeth from periodontal disease, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss despite being preventable. The long-term success of dental implants relies on your posts integrating with your jawbone and remaining infection-free; therefore, you cannot get them if the infection is still active.
If you have gum disease, that doesn’t mean you cannot become a candidate for dental implants. You will need periodontal therapy, and you may also need additional procedures to repair any damage caused by the infection, like bone grafting.
Do dental implants hurt?
You will need to undergo an oral surgery to place your implant posts into your jawbone. Don’t worry, you won’t feel anything during the procedure because sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort. As with any surgery, you can expect there to be some discomfort while you heal, but it can be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever. After you’ve recovered from your surgery, you shouldn’t experience any pain. If you develop any discomfort later on, contact your dentist immediately.
Can dental implants fail?
Dental implants are the most predicable and reliable tooth replacement option, but they can fail. Generally, the risk of implant failure is less than 5%. Most often, it’s the result of a preventable infection called peri-implantitis. You can significantly decrease your risk of implant failure by maintaining your home oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup.
Will my insurance pay for dental implants?
Unfortunately, it is rare for an insurance company to cover the entire cost of dental implants, but they may pay for certain steps in your treatment. Depending on your specific policy, your plan may pay a portion of the costs after paying your deductible. This can lower the amount you pay for imaging, restorations, and other aspects of your treatment until you reach your annual limit. We will work on your behalf with your insurance company to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We’ll take the time to explain your payment options for any remaining balance.
Get a New Smile Today
If you are ready to stop living with the challenges of tooth loss, choose the next best thing to your natural teeth. Contact D Smiles Family Dentistry today to schedule your consultation for dental implants. You deserve to enjoy all the benefits of a complete, beautiful smile!