If you are tired of living with the complications of tooth loss, you likely have heard about the benefits that dental implants can offer. As the most predictable and reliable solution to replace missing teeth, Dr. Wayne Myles can help you regain your quality of life with dental implant treatment in Reston, VA. You will make a long-term investment in your smile because they have the potential to last for a lifetime due to the materials that are used and the unique treatment process.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants have over a 95% success rate and closely mimic your natural teeth because they replace both the root and crown of a tooth. This allows them to stay firmly in place while also looking natural. Their success relies on their three components: the implant post, the abutment, and the restoration.
- Implant Post: The implant post is designed to mimic the tooth root. It is made from titanium so it is strong and durable while also being biocompatible. When surgically placed into your jawbone, the implant post acts as a new root to stimulate bone growth. Through a process called osseointegration, the jawbone fuses to the post while also preserving your bone density. With your jawbone supporting the post, it provides a secure and stable foundation for your replacement tooth.
- Abutment: After your jawbone has healed, an abutment will be attached to the post to allow a custom-made restoration to be connected. They can be made from various materials, including titanium, gold, and porcelain. It will be shaped like a natural tooth that has been prepared to receive a crown so the restoration can fit over it.
- Restoration: To fill the space of the missing tooth, a dental crown is placed on the abutment. Our porcelain dental crowns blend into the smile and look like natural teeth. If you are missing a single tooth, only one dental crown will be needed. We will custom design the crown to match the size, shape, and color of your remaining natural teeth to blend in seamlessly when you smile. If you are replacing several teeth in a row, or even full arches of teeth, we can create a dental bridge or dentures. With dental implants securely holding a restoration in place, you will regain your ability to chew and speak with ease.
Dental implants have quickly become the preferred solution to fill the spaces left by missing teeth. If you are ready to start your journey to a complete smile, contact our Reston dental office today to schedule your consultation or call (571) 536-7885. Please let us know if you have any remaining questions about dental implants and we will be happy to help.