Dental Implants – Reston, VA
Replace Missing Teeth with Implants
Are you missing one or more of your natural teeth and looking for an effective, long-term solution for your damaged smile? At the cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice of Dr. Wayne Myles, our team works hand-in-hand with an elite dental implant surgeon to create a one-of-a-kind restoration that can be customized to your exact needs. Dr. Myles recommends dental implants for any patient living in the Reston, Vienna, Oakton, or Northern Virginia area who wants to improve the oral health, function, and splendor of their smile.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Implants are the only fully self-supporting tooth replacement option that restores the smile from the roots up. Due to the materials that are used, you will benefit from a long-term option that will improve your quality of life and your oral health at the same time. With a customized treatment plan, you will make a wise investment for your smile using a solution that has the potential to last for a lifetime.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium roots that are placed directly into your jawbone by an oral surgeon. After your gums have recovered from the procedure, Dr. Myles will secure porcelain crowns, bridges, or dentures to the dental implants. Because dental implants act as anchors for dental prosthetics, your smile will look beautiful and function flawlessly. Dental implants offer a non-slip, comfortable solution for denture wearers as well. Dentures can be secured to the artificial roots to provide patients with strong, confident smiles.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Some of the reasons patients choose dental implant-supported tooth replacement rather than other restorative options include the following:
- A beautiful, healthy set of teeth that gives you the confidence to speak and smile in any situation
- A solid, sturdy bite that will last for three decades or longer with proper care.
- Elimination of gaps between the teeth and the recreation of lost tooth structures to improve oral function, allowing you to eat all of your favorite foods
- The restoration of healthy root structures that maintain bone density and healthy gum tissue volume
- Improved bite function, restoring 70% or more of healthy chewing function
- Relief of jaw, mouth, and neck pain that can occur due to strain from traditional denture usage
- 90 to 95% of implants still function like new after three decades
- No damage to other teeth to support the new ones
Who Can Benefit From Dental Implants?
Indications for Dental Implants
Because dental implants are so versatile, we can use the posts to support any number of replacement teeth from a single dental crown all the way to a full row of your smile. In most cases, we’ll recommend one of the following tooth replacement options:
Missing a Single Tooth
If you’re missing just one tooth, a dental crown can be anchored to one implant post, recreating the natural root and crown of your missing tooth. We can custom make a dental crown that matches the look and feel of your natural teeth to seamlessly complete your smile. The best part is that your surrounding teeth won’t have to be altered because your dental crown will be supported by a strong dental implant.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For those who need to replace two or more consecutive teeth, a dental bridge, a row of fused together replacement teeth, can be supported by just two dental implants, one at each end. And for numerous nonconsecutive missing teeth, a partial denture can seamlessly fill in the gaps. In most cases, we can use just two to four implant posts for support.
Missing All Your Teeth
To replace an entire row of missing teeth, we offer a variety of implant supported denture options. Using an average of 4 dental implants, we can attach a personalized denture to replace an entire row of your smile. With the support of implants, you won’t have to worry about a slipping or sliding denture, allowing you the ability to chew and speak confidently.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implant tooth replacement plans can vary dramatically in price. The cost of your individual dental implant treatment can range from $1,000 to $30,000 or more. While these restorations require a larger investment upfront, the results can last three decades or longer. With proper care, many people keep their implant restorations for a lifetime.
Your tooth replacement is completed over several phases of treatment, and you can pay for each part of it individually, breaking up the cost of care over several months. The first phase is the placement of your implant post or posts. The cost of a single implant and surgical placement can be between $1,500 and $5,000 or more, depending on the type of implant, the material used, and a number of other factors.
After the implants are in place, you’ll need to wait for three to six months for the implant posts to fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissues. Once the implants are anchored to the jawbone, we’ll attach an abutment post that will connect the implant to the replacement tooth. Then, we’ll design and place your dental crown, bridge, partial, or full denture.
Make Your Dental Restoration Last a Lifetime
After your dental implants have been installed, and our Reston dentist has secured your permanent denture, crown, or bridge, it is important that you maintain proper oral hygiene. By scheduling regular dental checkups, resisting potentially harmful habits, and being cautious while chewing hard objects, you can ensure that your dental implants will last for many years and possibly even a lifetime. It is important to make your oral health care a high priority so you can maintain a stunning smile that has optimal health.
Dental Implant Aftercare Instructions
As you start your journey to a complete smile with dental implants, it is best to take time to prepare for the recovery process. Dr. Myles will answer any questions during your consultation to give you the peace of mind you need to head into your procedure with complete confidence.
Contact Us About Dental Implants
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, contact our office today or schedule a dental implant evaluation online. We look forward to meeting you and making your dreams of having a gorgeous smile come true.
Dental Implant FAQs
Have you ever wondered if it is painful to get dental implants? If you’ve been frightened by stories about implant failure, you might like to learn why such incidents occur. On our dental implant FAQs page, we talk about these topics and answer other common quandaries that relate to this smile-restoring treatment. If you don’t find information that relates to your most pressing dental implant questions, give our office a call, and we’ll be happy to satisfy your curiosity.
Questions About Dental Implants? We Have the Answers!
Is It Painful to Get Dental Implants?
Your oral surgeon will use a local anesthetic, and perhaps even sedation, to make sure that you remain comfortable during your placement surgery. Following the procedure, the site around the implants may experience some soreness and swelling. However, if you diligently follow your postoperative instructions and take your prescribed medications, any discomfort you experience should be easy to manage. If your surgery is fairly minor, you may even feel well enough to return to work on the same day as your procedure.
Why Do Dental Implants Fail?
It is very rare for dental implants to fail. When this does happen, it may be due to an infection around the implant that ruins the implant’s base of support. Sometimes, it is possible to use antibiotics to remedy the situation and preserve the implants if the problem is caught early enough. You should get in touch with your dentist immediately if you notice unusual swelling or pain around your implants.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, more and more people are qualified candidates for dental implants. If you are free of gum disease and other serious oral health conditions, you have fair overall health, and your jawbone is thick enough to support implants, it’s likely that this procedure is a good fit for you. Even if you are not an “ideal” candidate, there may be steps you can take to make implants a viable option for you.
Can Smokers Receive Dental Implants?
To give your new smile the best chance of success, you should attempt to quit smoking about two weeks prior to your surgery. Tobacco use can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of infection. That isn’t to say, however, that you can’t receive dental implants if you smoke, but you should ask your dentist or oral surgeon to thoroughly explain all of the risks associated with your habit.
What If Something Happens to an Implant Restoration?
Implant restorations are quite sturdy, but they can break if they encounter a hard impact. They might also become a bit looser over time. If you ever notice that one of your restorations isn’t functioning as well as it should, contact our office. Dr. Myles can evaluate the situation and recommend repair or replacement as needed.