Missing teeth aren’t just embarrassing, they’re potentially dangerous to your health. As Anuradha Beri, BDS, CAGS, MSD, Zia Rizvi, DDS, and their team know, even a single missing tooth puts your remaining teeth at risk of decay and damage. That’s why they perform dental implant surgery at Mosaic Dental in Sterling, Virginia. Dental implants replace your tooth roots to hold prosthetic teeth in place. They look and feel as natural as your existing teeth. To learn more, call or book an appointment online today.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that the Mosaic Dental team inserts directly into your jaw through the socket left behind by your missing teeth. They replace your natural tooth roots and hold your prosthetic teeth in place.
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants bond to your jawbone permanently. As a result, they look, feel, and function exactly like your natural teeth. Over time, you may not even notice that you have dental implants.
Dental implants maintain the natural function of your teeth. When you have a missing tooth, the rest of your teeth can shift to compensate for the loss. Not only does this change your bite, increasing your chances of teeth and jaw pain, it also exposes your remaining teeth to decay.
Your teeth play a vital role in holding the shape of your face. Without a full set, the bone in your jaw can resorb and make your face look sunken and older than you are.
Other advantages of dental implants include:
Dental implants look exactly like your natural teeth, so you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Both missing teeth and poor-fitting dentures increase saliva production in your mouth, which can cause you to slur your speech or give you a lisp.
Dentures sit on top of your gums, so they’re not always comfortable to eat with. Because dental implants bond to your jaw, they feel as natural as your existing teeth when you chew.
Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed to your jaw. You never have to take them out to clean them, so you can treat them like your natural teeth.
Dental bridges and dentures typically need replacement after five to 10 years, while dental implants can last for 25 years or more.
Mosaic Dental uses state-of-the-art digital X-rays and an intraoral camera to get a panoramic view of your entire mouth and tooth-supporting bone. It typically takes several appointments to plan your treatment.
Dental implants require a certain level of tooth-supporting bone to hold your prosthetic teeth securely, so you may need a bone graft if you don’t have enough bone in your jaw to hold the implants.
The team performs implant surgery with either local or general anesthesia for your comfort. They start by inserting the implant into your jaw through the socket left by your missing tooth. Next, they stitch the wound to promote healing.
It takes around six to 12 weeks for your mouth to heal from implant surgery. Once your mouth fully heals, the team takes impressions to create your custom-made prosthetic teeth.
At your final appointment, the team connects your new teeth to your implants, restoring your ability to chew and speak with ease.
If you think dental implants are right for you, call Mosaic Dental or book an appointment online today.