Are you missing one or more of your natural teeth? Are looking for an effective, long-term solution for your damaged smile?
At Smiles by Myles, Dr. Wayne Myles works hand-in-hand with an elite dental implant surgeon to create a one-of-a-kind dental implant restoration that can be customized to your exact needs. Dr. Myles recommends affordable dental implant treatment in Reston, VA. Patients who want to improve the oral health and function of their smile benefit from dental implants.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are the only fully self-supporting tooth replacement option that restores the smile from the roots up. You will benefit from a long-term tooth replacement option that will improve your quality of life and your oral health. With a customized dental implant 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 an oral surgeon places directly into your jawbone. 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. We can secure dentures to 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:
- 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
- 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?
Dr. Myles works with patients in varying stages of their tooth replacement or oral health journey. He can replace one, several, or a full set of lost teeth using a range of implant-supported options. When there are additional concerns such as bone loss in the jaw, Dr. Myles can offer a comprehensive solution. He can rebuild areas of lost bone or augment sinuses that have fallen as a result of tooth loss.
Indications for Needing Dental Implants
Because dental implants are so versatile, we can use the posts to support any number of replacement teeth. We can replace a single dental crown all the way to a full row of your smile. Dental implants replace teeth at the root and provide stability. Implants can easily support restorations like bridges and dentures for longer-lasting results. In most cases, we’ll recommend one of the following tooth replacement options:
- Missing a Single Tooth: If you’re missing just one tooth, we can anchor a dental crown to one implant post. Thus 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 we won’t have to alter your surrounding teeth.
- 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 teeth. With the support of implants, you won’t have to worry about slipping or sliding dentures, 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.
We will complete your tooth replacement over several phases of treatment. 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. This depends 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 3 to 6 months for the implant posts to fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissues. 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.
After our Reston dentist secures your permanent denture, crown, or bridge, it’s important that you maintain proper oral hygiene. You can ensure that your dental implants will last for many years and possibly even a lifetime. For example, schedule regular dental checkups, resist potentially harmful habits, and be cautious while chewing hard objects. It’s important to make your oral health care a high priority, so you can maintain a stunning smile that has optimal health.
As you start your journey to a complete smile with dental implants, 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.
Dental Implant FAQs
Have you ever wondered if it is painful to get dental implants? If you have fears because of stories about implant failure, you might like to learn why such incidents occur. 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! We’ll be happy to satisfy your curiosity and answer any questions.
Is It Painful to Get Dental Implants?
Your oral surgeon will use a local anesthetic, and perhaps 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 preserve the implants when you catch the problem early. You should get in touch with our 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, and your jawbone is thick enough to support implants, then 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 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.