Dr. Jafari provides dental implant restorations to complete your implant treatment and give you back a healthy smile. Implants are the ideal solution for missing teeth, replacing both the crowns and the roots of your teeth to give you back full oral health and function as well as your smile. To find out more about dental implant restorations in Sterling, Virginia, and schedule your appointment with our dentist, call Inova Dental Clinic today at 703-433-1400.

Understanding What Dental Implants Are

A dental implant is type of prosthetic tooth replacement and is typically recommended if you have lost one or more teeth. As implants replace both the roots and crowns of your teeth, they are designed to give you a final result that looks, feels and functions just like your original tooth. Dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth, as they offer the best possible long-term results for your oral health and smile.

Implants are made up of two main parts – the implant post and the implant restoration. At our office, we provide only implant restorations to complete your treatment. Our dentist and team work with a trusted, highly skilled periodontist to ensure that your implant post is properly placed and that the post integrates with your jawbone to provide a stable foundation for your smile. After you have healed and recovered from your implant placement, our dentist will work with you to create your implant restoration.

The Dental Implant Process

The implant restoration replaces the crown of your missing tooth or teeth to complete your treatment. Depending on how many teeth you are replacing, this restoration could be a single dental crown, a dental bridge or a denture. Our dentist will evaluate your mouth and discuss your options with you to determine which type of restoration is right for you and custom-design it so that it fits your smile perfectly. You can expect your restoration to be both durable and aesthetic, ensuring that you can enjoy your new smile for years to come.

Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement options?

Firstly, implants provide a more natural look and feel, closely resembling your own teeth. They also offer improved comfort and speech because they are securely anchored to your jaw. Additionally, implants allow for easier eating and will not interfere with chewing, unlike removable dentures. Another significant benefit is that implants do not require altering adjacent teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does, preserving more of your natural tooth structure. Lastly, dental implants are designed to be durable and can last many years, potentially a lifetime with proper care.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Most people who are in good general health and have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone to support an implant can be considered for dental implants. However, individuals who smoke heavily, have certain chronic disorders such as diabetes or heart disease or have undergone radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

How do I care for my dental implants after the procedure?

Caring for dental implants includes brushing twice daily, flossing once a day, and regular dental appointments. Our dentist may recommend using specific brushes or flossing aids to help keep the area around the implant clean and healthy.

Are there any dietary restrictions after getting dental implants?

While there may be some dietary restrictions immediately following the implant procedure to allow for proper healing, once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, patients can typically resume their normal diet. However, it is important to avoid chewing hard foods or objects that could potentially damage the implants or surrounding teeth.

Can dental implants prevent bone loss in the jaw?

Yes, dental implants can help prevent bone loss in the jaw by stimulating the bone through the chewing process, similar to natural tooth roots. This stimulation encourages bone growth and maintenance, preserving the integrity of the jawbone and preventing the sunken appearance that often occurs with missing teeth.

If you have any questions about dental implant restorations or to set up a consultation with our experienced dentist, give us a call today!