Dental implants are unquestionably an outstanding choice when you’re searching for a solution to tooth loss. However, you may want some additional information before you decide that these are the best tooth replacement for you. Dr. Myles is here to answer a few of the most commonly asked questions. Read on to learn about dental implants Reston residents trust for aesthetic appeal, function and comfort.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant actually consists of two parts: the implant that is below the gum line and the tooth restoration above. Dr. Myles works closely with an oral surgeon in our area who will perform the implant portion of the process. Each implant is made of titanium, a metal that is biocompatible with soft tissue and bone. The implant replaces your missing tooth root.
What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer benefits that other tooth replacement options—crown and bridge, a partial or full denture—do not. Without a tooth root, the bone around your open socket begins to melt away. As a result, your jawbone shrinks and your facial structure begins to look sunken and more aged.
An implant prevents this from happening. As a replacement for your missing tooth root, the implant stimulates healthy new bone tissue growth. Other tooth replacements only rest on top of your gums and, therefore, do not offer this advantage.
Secondly, with a dental implant you never need to worry about any kind of tooth restoration slipping. Securely embedded in the bone, an implant holds your false tooth firmly in place.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
With proper care, dental implants can last for decades or even a lifetime. Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups, so Dr. Myles can periodically examine the integrity of your implants.
A commitment to a stringent at-home oral hygiene routine is essential. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing at least once a day removes plaque, which can adhere to dental porcelain as well as natural teeth.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most people are qualified candidates, but Dr. Myles will assess your overall and general health before you begin the dental implant process. In addition, sufficient bone volume and density is essential to the success of your implants.
Contact Our Office Today
If you have more questions about dental implants or the procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask. Call our office today and we’ll be glad to help or schedule a consultation with Dr. Myles.