Single Tooth Implant – Oakton, VA
Enjoy the Stability of a Dental Implant
Have you lost a tooth? Whether from decay, disease, trauma, or extraction, you need to fill the empty space quickly. Although it is only a single tooth, it can have devastating consequences for your oral health and your quality of life if you do not replace it. Now, you can enjoy the next best thing to what nature gave you with dental implants in Oakton. Unlike traditional treatments, a dental implant mimics the entire structure of the tooth, giving you a solution that looks and feels realistic.
What is a Single Tooth Implant?
After a tooth is lost, your jawbone deteriorates because it is no longer stimulated by the root. This makes your remaining natural teeth lose support, so they drift toward the open space. This increases your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and bite issues. Over time, you will lose more teeth. Dental implants are the only treatment to stimulate your jaw to stop bone loss and the complications associated with it.
Traditional prosthetics only replace the visible portion of a tooth. Dental implants go a step further to also treat the root. A titanium implant post is inserted into your jawbone to act as a new root to preserve your jawbone’s density.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Replacing both the root and the crown allows you to enjoy various advantages not possible with conventional treatments, including:
- Over a 95% success rate to last for several decades.
- All-ceramic crown makes it look natural.
- Restore as much as 70% of your biting force.
- Preserves your jawbone’s density to stop dental drift.
- Decreases your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and additional tooth loss.
- Does not alter healthy teeth.
- Supports your facial structures.
- Long-term, cost-effective treatment.
Process for Dental Implant
Generally, you are a candidate for dental implants if you have good oral and general health, but you still need a consultation with your implant dentist in Oakton to ensure they are right for you. You also need a CT scan to assess the health of your jawbone. Your medical and lifestyle history are also discussed to ensure there are minimal risks for implant failure. Based on the results of the consultation, you may need additional treatments before your placement surgery, like bone grafting or a sinus lift.
The first stage of your treatment requires oral surgery. Sedation or anesthetic is used as your gum tissue is opened to give your implant dentist access to your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into it and the titanium implant post is inserted before the tissue is sutured closed.
Over the next several months, your jawbone fuses to the post through a process called osseointegration. After you are healed, you need a second minor surgery to attach the abutment. This is a special connector piece between the crown and the implant. While you wait for your gum tissue to heal around it, the dental lab carefully crafts your prosthetic tooth to match the appearance of your natural ones. After your gum tissue is healed, the final step involves attaching your crown.
Complete Your Smile Today!
You can fill the empty space in your smile with a solution that can last for a lifetime. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a dental implant.