Dental Implants – Potomac Falls, VA
The Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
If you have a missing tooth, you might not think that it’s a big deal – especially if it’s a back tooth that doesn’t show when you smile. But here’s a staggering statistic: if a missing tooth isn’t replaced, up to 20% of adjacent teeth will be lost in the next 4 – 8 years. That means that even a single missing tooth puts your smile’s appearance and health at risk. How can you stop this destructive cycle? With the help of dental implants from Dr. Robert Bryce at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Potomac Falls, VA!
Why Choose Aesthetic Dentistry by Design for Dental Implants?
- Start to finish implant treatment
- Highly accomplished dentist (LVI Master)
- Natural-feeling, long-lasting results
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide more benefits than any other tooth replacement solution. They:
- Have the potential to last for 30 years or longer
- Provide a bite force similar to that of natural teeth
- Do not become destabilized during eating and drinking
- Look extremely natural
- Are very comfortable
- Have a success rate of over 95%
- Do not typically require the surrounding teeth to be modified or extracted
- Stimulate the jawbone and help to preserve its shape and volume
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants are a versatile treatment. Whether you are missing one tooth, a few teeth, or even all of your teeth, they may be able to rebuild your lost dentition and restore a beautiful, fully functional smile. When you visit Dr. Bryce, your dental implant dentist in Potomac Falls, for your consultation, he will determine whether you are a candidate for this remarkable tooth replacement method and which type of restoration would be most beneficial for you. If you do not currently qualify for implants, you may be able to receive them after some preliminary treatments.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most adults with missing teeth qualify for dental implants, either immediately or after some preparatory procedures. Typically, patients must meet the following criteria before they undergo this treatment:
- Fair overall health. You should be well enough to recover from minor surgery. If you have any chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, they should be well-managed.
- Good oral health. Gum disease and other oral health problems can increase the risk of dental implant failure. Dr. Bryce offers a range of treatments that can address these issues and prepare you for tooth replacement.
- Adequate jawbone density. Your jawbone must be strong enough and thick enough to support dental implants. If it is not, it may become so after a bone graft.
- Good habits. If you avoid the use of tobacco and stick to a thorough oral hygiene routine, you can bolster your implants’ chance of short-term and long-term success. (In some cases, tobacco users can receive implants, but it is important that you understand how your habits may affect your treatment outcome.)
Missing 1 Tooth
If you are missing just one tooth, you will receive a single dental implant to replace its root. Once the implant is inserted into your jawbone and has had the opportunity to bond with the surrounding tissue, Dr. Bryce will place a single crown on top of it to replace the visible portion of the missing tooth. This solution is superior to a traditional dental bridge because it rebuilds the entire structure of the lost tooth and usually does not require that any of the nearby teeth be modified.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If your missing teeth are all adjacent to one another, an implant-supported bridge may be ideal for you. Like a traditional bridge, an implant-supported one has crowns on each end that support pontics (artificial teeth) between them. However, rather than relying on the remaining natural teeth for support, an implant-supported bridge gains all of its strength from dental implants in Potomac Falls instead.
If your lost teeth are not all next to each other, Dr. Bryce might recommend multiple single-tooth implants or an implant-supported partial denture. A partial denture is a single prosthetic that can replace multiple teeth at various places throughout a dental arch.
Missing All Teeth
To replace an entire arch of lost teeth, Dr. Bryce inserts dental implants at strategic locations throughout your jawbone. They support a denture. Implant dentures may be permanently fixed in place, or they may be removable and “snap” onto and off of the implants with the help of small attachments. Depending on the structure of your jawbone and other factors, you might need anywhere from two to eight dental implants per arch to support your denture. Regardless of the type of implant denture you receive, you can be confident that it will provide you with a sturdy bite and pleasing aesthetics.
Start to Finish Dental Implant Treatment
Many dentists must refer patients to an outside specialist for at least part of the dental implant procedure. However, Dr. Bryce has undergone advanced training that equips him to provide our patients with full-service implant dentistry at our Potomac Falls office. He both places and restores dental implants, which means that he’ll perform each step of your smile’s transformation at our comfortable, well-equipped facility with a team that understands your unique needs and preferences.
Dental Implant Aftercare
While dental implants are successful for the vast majority of patients, that does not mean they are a fix-it-and-forget-it treatment. In order for them to serve you well during the upcoming years and decades, it is important that you care well for them. As your dedicated implant dentist in Potomac Falls, Dr. Bryce will always be ready to answer your questions about implant aftercare and address any concerns you have. Here are some steps that he may advise you to take in order to protect your new smile:
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
The most common cause of dental implant failure is an infection called peri-implantitis. It typically occurs when bacteria get the opportunity to attack the bone and soft tissue that surrounds an implant, thereby compromising its base of support. Fortunately, most cases of peri-implantitis are preventable via diligent oral hygiene. When you brush, be sure to clean the area along the gumline, as well as the side of your teeth that faces the inside of your mouth. Flossing is important as well; if you have a multi-unit implant restoration, you may need to use a floss threader or water flosser to clean the area beneath your artificial teeth.
Be Mindful of What You Eat
Dental implants are able to stand up to most foods, but you should still keep some basic dietary guidelines in mind. For example, remember that harmful oral bacteria thrive on sugar, so you should enjoy sweet treats in moderation. Avoid biting down on anything that is extremely hard, like ice or jawbreaker candies; these types of foods might damage your restorations. When dental implants are initially placed, avoid eating raw apples, Dorito type chips or taco shells, seeds, nuts and chewy foods. It's better to eat food with consistancy of scrambled eggs, yogurt, soup,and applesauce.
Break Bad Habits
Smoking is bad for dental implants in several ways. For example, it contributes to dry mouth, which in turn makes it easier for bacteria to thrive. It can also adversely affect the immune system and slow down your healing time after dental implant surgery due to vasoconstriction. If you currently smoke, every effort you make to quit will be well worth it.
Protect Your Dental Implants
If you often wake up with a sore jaw, it is possible that you grind and clench your teeth at night (a condition called bruxism). The grinding and clenching could damage your implants and their restorations, so you should consult with Dr. Bryce about how you can put a stop to it. Also, if you play sports, you may find it beneficial to invest in a custom mouthguard that will greatly reduce your risk of oral injury.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Regular dental checkups are an important part of dental implant care in Potomac Falls. At these appointments, our team may remove your implant restorations so we can thoroughly clean the abutments that keep them in place. Dr. Bryce will also thoroughly examine your mouth. Not only will he look at your gums and remaining natural teeth, but he will also search for any early signs of problems that might affect your implants. If he notices any issues, he may be able to address them before they become serious.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of your dental implant procedure will depend on how many implants you need, the extent of any necessary preparatory treatment, and other factors. Although dental implants tend to cost more than other tooth replacement options, they are a worthwhile investment! Their outstanding longevity may even make them a better long-term monetary value than prosthetics that need to be replaced every few years. Financing through CareCredit or Lending Club is available to help patients manage the cost of their implant procedure.
A simple phone call can put you a lot closer to having the complete smile you’ve been missing. Contact Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Potomac Falls, VA to make an appointment. We serve Potomac Falls, Leesburg, Reston, Great Falls, and beyond.
Dental Implant FAQs
Does the idea of replacing your lost teeth with dental implants sound appealing? You have an exciting journey ahead of you! Before you commit to this treatment, however, you may want to learn more about it. Below, you’ll find information about some points that Dr. Bryce’s patients are frequently curious about. If you do not see the answer to your questions, feel free to contact our friendly team. We are ready to help you understand all the ins and outs of dental implants.
What Exactly Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root. Usually, implants are made out of a titanium alloy. Because titanium is very biocompatible, it integrates well with most people’s physiology. Most dental implants have a two-piece construction: there is the part that gets inserted into the jawbone during the initial implant placement surgery, and there is an abutment, which serves to connect the implant to the bridge, crown, or denture that it supports.
How Long Does the Process Take?
Your dentist will give you an estimate for your treatment timeline during your consultation. For most patients, the process takes place over several months to a year. That’s because the implant treatment requires multiple stages, some of which require a significant healing period after completion. For example, following the implant placement surgery, your bone tissue will bond with the implant in a process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration may take at least a few months.
Are There Any Risks Involved with Dental Implants?
As is true of any medical procedure, dental implants are not completely without risk. This treatment is successful in the vast majority of cases, but rarely, the implants fail to bond with the surrounding tissue. Dental implant failure is also a possible risk. It can happen due to infection, even years after successful implant treatment. Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are often able to prevent implant-related complications.
Is It Painful to Get Dental Implants?
Dr. Bryce and our team place a high value on patient comfort. Thanks to Dr. Bryce’s steady hand, as well as anesthesia, you should feel little to nothing during your implant placement surgery. Afterward, some soreness is normal, but taking pain medication and making careful choices about what you eat should mitigate any discomfort.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants are in fair oral and overall health, have excellent oral hygiene habits, and do not smoke. They also have an adequate amount of bone in their jaw to support the implants. Even if you are not an “ideal” candidate, however, you may be able to take advantage of this treatment. Dr. Bryce will carefully examine your mouth and thoroughly discuss your tooth replacement options with you.