A dental implant is a small titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone as an artificial tooth root. At Stonewall Dental Associates, getting a dental implant usually involves several stages. It begins with a comprehensive examination and treatment planning, followed by the surgical placement of the implant fixture into the jawbone. After a healing period of a few months, during which the implant integrates with the surrounding bone, the abutment is attached to the implant. Finally, the dental restoration is created and placed onto the abutment, completing the implant restoration. The dental implant is designed to mimic the structure and function of a natural tooth, providing a stable and long-lasting solution for tooth loss. Dental implants offer several advantages, including improved stability, durability, and aesthetics compared to traditional tooth replacement options.
Endosteal implants are placed directly into the jawbone through a surgical procedure. Typically, they resemble small screws or cylinders. After the implant is inserted, a healing period is allowed for osseointegration, where the implant fuses with the jawbone. Once osseointegration is successful, an abutment is attached to the implant, and a dental restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, is placed on top.
Subperiosteal implants are an alternative to endosteal implants, mainly used when there is insufficient bone height or volume to support traditional implants. Instead of being placed within the jawbone, subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum tissue but above the jawbone. They consist of a metal framework that rests on the jawbone, with posts protruding through the gum line. The dental restoration is then attached to these posts.
Dental implants closely resemble natural teeth in appearance, feel, and function. They are designed to blend seamlessly with your existing teeth, providing a natural-looking smile and enhancing your overall facial aesthetics.
Dental implants provide a stable and strong foundation for dental restorations, allowing you to bite and chew confidently. Unlike removable dentures, implants eliminate the worry of slippage or discomfort while eating, enabling you to enjoy a wide range of foods.
Dental implants prevent the issues with speech that can arise from missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures. With implants, you can speak clearly and confidently without any concerns about slurred or altered speech.
When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone may deteriorate over time. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and maintaining strength and structure. This helps preserve facial contours and prevents a sunken appearance that can occur with missing teeth.
Dental implants can have a significant positive impact on your self-esteem and confidence. Visit Stonewall Dental Associates at 8719 Stonewall Rd, Manassas, VA 20110, or call (703) 368-1000 to determine if dental implants suit your specific dental needs.