A dental implant is a dental prosthetic used to mimic a natural tooth, and it's root. The implant consists of a titanium post that serves as the base of the tooth and is surgically implanted under the surface into your jaw bone to protect the dental appliance. The dental implant actually replicates the versatility of a natural tooth, hence using it as a tooth replacement option, enabling you to have more oral independence than you would with conventional dentures.
The Process and How it works
As described above, the dental implant process begins with a titanium post surgically implanted by a skilled oral surgeon within your mouth. The post is then anchored to your jawbone, this secure fit will help eliminate unnecessary movement for your dental prosthesis.
After the dentist has bonded the post and the jaw bone together, they will put a custom-made dental crown on top of the post that looks like a real tooth and gives off the appearance of a radiant smile.
Healing and recovery
Although dental implant surgery is an operating procedure, upon completion of the treatment, you will experience little to no discomfort. You can feel minor bleeding and mild soreness, but this can be treated by rinsing the mouth with saltwater or saline solution and using over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol and Advil. If pain medication is recommended by your doctor, make sure to follow the instructions as specified.
Dental implants are a great option for a tooth replacement solution and provide a wide array of benefits. For more information on our dental implant treatments and the many services that we offer, contact our offices in Fairfax, Virginia to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Withers.
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J. Alexander Withers, DDS, MSPeriodontics & Implant Dentistry3998 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite 130Fairfax, VA 22033New Patients: 571-748-7188Current Patients: 703-273-3300