Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants in Vienna, VA
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots topped with crowns the dentist uses to replace unhealthy or missing teeth. This modern technique is one of the best, longest-lasting solutions because the structure of dental implants mimics your natural tooth structure. So if the gaps in your smile are an embarrassment, or you are tired of dealing with chronic dental pain, it might be time to contact Dr. Ellenbogen's office for dental implants in Vienna, VA.
Why Do Teeth Go Missing?
Genetics, negligence of oral care and hygiene, dental trauma, and several other factors can all lead to these problems. Sometimes they are excessively damaged, cracked, or malformed. These often cause pain as well as unnecessary wear, which leads to shifting and tooth loss. In other cases, severe decay or periodontal infection can lead to tooth loss or the need for tooth extraction. If you do have a missing tooth, you should fill the gap as soon as possible.
What Happens If I Don’t Replace Missing Teeth?
Many patients believe tooth loss is a simple fact of life and will eventually happen to everyone. Instead of seeking treatment, they just leave the gap. Unfortunately, missing teeth can lead to other serious problems. The roots of your natural teeth stimulate the jawbone so it maintains strength and substance. When the root is missing, the jawbone begins to deteriorate and shrink, remaining teeth start to shift out of place to fill the gap and this can lead to more tooth loss.
What is the Procedure for Dental Implants?
The entire process takes several appointments over several months. First, Dr. Ellenbogen takes digital X-rays and impressions of your jaw and teeth. He uses these to determine bone and gum tissue density and spacing available for the implant. Once he analyzes the information he will work with you to develop the best treatment plan. He will also discuss the specific cost of dental implants with you based on your treatment plan. On your next visit, our trusted, in-office periodontist surgically places the dental implant, a titanium post secured to the alveolar bone. Then, over time as the bone heals, the titanium integrates with the bone a process known as osseointegration. Full osseointegration usually takes about six months. Then, depending on the type of implant, our periodontist places an abutment that will hold the artificial tooth in place and takes another set of impressions. After a couple more weeks, Dr. Ellenbogen fits and secures the crown or other restoration to the implant.
Implant Retained Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental implants in Vienna, VA are the most versatile tooth replacement option available making it possible to fully restore a single missing tooth or a full arch from the roots up. For those patients missing one tooth or two to four consecutive teeth, we may recommend a dental crown or implant supported fixed bridge. Like traditional crown and bridge, the implant supported varieties are crafted to accurately represent the visible parts of teeth that have been lost. Rather than being attached to remaining natural structures, implant retained crowns and bridges, are anchored in place by dental implants.
Implant Retained Dental Prosthetics
Patients who have suffered more extensive tooth loss have a number of implant supported tooth replacement options as well including:
- Partial dentures - like their traditional counterparts, implant retained partials are crafted from a series of teeth set into a gum colored base. We offer both fixed and removable implant options, and place a number of precisely positioned implant posts to support the prosthetic.
- Full dentures - used to replace the entire top or bottom arch of teeth, full dentures are composed of an entire arch of teeth set into a more extensive gum colored base. Like implant retained partials, we offer both removable and fixed solutions depending on patient preference.
- Full arch crown and bridge - the most invasive option, replacing an entire arch of teeth with a series of fixed bridges is also the most natural looking and feeling solution. Patients need to have ideal bone density levels and overall health in order for this extensive tooth replacement procedure to be safe and successful.
Originally recommended for the replacement of small teeth, mini implants are narrower accommodating these smaller teeth. In addition to being able to support smaller teeth more naturally, the smaller size also make mini implants ideal for those patients who have reduced bone density, are more likely to experience complications from surgery, and those who have narrow jawbones. In addition to offering shorter and less invasive surgical options, mini implants are also more affordable.
All-On-4 Implants and Teeth-in-a-Day Procedures
For patients missing all of their teeth, the All-On-4 or Teeth-in-a-Day implant options allow Dr. Ellenbogen and our trusted periodontist to restore an entire smile in as little as one day. It is an innovative technique that uses only four implants, in the case of All-on-4, and a reduced number for Teeth-in-a-Day on each arch. The dentist can complete the entire procedure in-house. The dentist places these implants at an angle to increase contact and stability. This often saves patients time, money, and discomfort. That same day, patients get a set of temporary teeth and once the healing process is completed, again six to eight months, the dentist will place your permanent set of teeth.
Dental Implants are the Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth
While there are several procedures for replacing missing teeth, dental implants have proven to be the best treatment available – patients have fewer problems with dental implants than other types of treatment. If the dentist performs implant surgery correctly, the restorations look and function just like your natural teeth. Implants are safe, durable and have a high success rate (95% or higher in most cases). They might feel a little strange at first, but the sensation is only temporary and before long they feel completely natural. This is because Dr. Ellenbogen embeds dental implants directly into the bone. They function just like a natural tooth. The dentist often uses dental implants to:
- Replace one or more missing teeth
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by missing teeth
- Prevent the risk of movement in remaining teeth
- Restore chewing and speech function
- Support a bridge or denture
- Restore a patient’s full confidence in their smile
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental Implants Encourage Bone Growth
Dental implants help preserve the bone and stimulate its growth because as you use an implant it stimulates the jawbone. Unlike dentures, which are removable, dental implants are permanent and provide a strong foundation you will never have to replace.
Dental Implants Do Not Get Cavities
Dental implants and crowns are made of artificial materials that do not decay like your natural teeth. However, this does not mean you can neglect daily care. You still need to brush and floss your dental implants, along with your remaining teeth, to help ensure they last.
Dental Implants Help Improve Your Speech
When compared to dentures, dental implants have a huge win in the speech category. Dentures affect the way you pronounce syllables and words, even if only temporarily. They often require you to slow your natural speech for proper enunciation. Many patients also adhere dentures to your gums daily with a special and messy oral adhesive. Dental implants don’t have these issues.
Dental Implants Make It Easier to Eat
The slight initial discomfort of eating with your dental implants will soon begin to feel completely natural. The same cannot be said for dentures as they often slip and slide while eating and create an uncomfortable dining experience.
Choosing Gary Ellenbogen, DDS. for Dental Implants
Not every dentist is qualified to perform dental implant surgery. It is crucial to use additional precautions when choosing a qualified dentist to place dental implants. In the northern Virginia area, Dr. Gary Ellenbogen and his team of experts have the training and experience to assist you. Dr. Ellenbogen has made every effort to equip his office with all the necessary tools and appliances to ensure an efficient and comfortable treatment experience. Additionally, our team partners with a skilled and highly trained periodontist who has years of experience safely and successfully placing all types of dental implants in Vienna, VA area.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation
It's time you tried dental implants. Give Dr. Ellenbogen a call today at (703) 734-1095 to receive the best alternative to removable dentures. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to set up a consultation for more information including dental implant costs.