Do you think your smile is too damaged to retrieve? Do you think you'll never speak or eat normally again because of large smile gaps? Don't despair but have hope in the innovative dental prosthetics delivered by the five caring dentists at Mapledale Family Dentistry. With their precise dental implants placed right at their Woodbridge, VA office, your smile can return to natural-looking appearance and excellent functionality. Read the details here on these amazing artificial teeth.
What is a dental implant?
The single-tooth implant has helped more than three million people to date, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and more are added to that number each year. So what's the big deal about a dental implant in Woodbridge, VA and why is it a better choice than traditional bridgework or partial dentures?
The answer lies in the amazing strength and realism of this artificial tooth. Made of three distinct parts (a titanium implant screw, a metal alloy extension post and a beautiful porcelain crown), a dental implant resides in the patient's jaw bone below the gum line. After insertion during a simple oral surgery at Mapledale Family Dentistry, the implant screw and bone bond through a natural process called osseointegration.
Because of osseointegration, the dental implant strengthens over time. Gum tissue and bone actually exercise as the patient bites and chews, avoiding the deterioration which happens after tooth loss.
What if a patient has big gaps?
The dentist in Woodbridge, VA evaluates each prospective implant patient carefully, ensuring he or she has enough jaw bone to accept an implant and is healthy enough overall, too. If more than one--or even all--teeth have been lost, the dentist may recommend bridgework or full dentures as needed. Multiple implants support these prosthetics, allowing the patient normal oral function, great smile aesthetics and ease of care, too.
No longer does a partially or fully edentulous patient need to use messy denture adhesives or soak his or her prosthetic overnight. Following American Dental Association guidelines, the individual brushes twice a day and flosses once a day carefully around the implant or implants. Good oral hygiene keeps implant sites free of harmful plaque and tartar and avoids the biggest enemy of dental implants--peri-implantitis. This is a devastating infection very similar to periodontitis, or advanced gum disease.
Complete your smile
See if dental implants could help your gapped smile. Contact Mapledale Family Dentistry for an implant consultation with one of our highly skilled and caring dentists. They will tailor a treatment plan uniquely suited to your needs. Please call our office today for your appointment: (703) 580-9900.