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
Indications for Dental Implants
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.
Missing One Tooth
If you are missing just one tooth, you will receive a single dental implant to replace the root of the lost tooth. 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.
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.
Missing All Teeth
To replace an entire arch of lost teeth, Dr. Bryce will insert a number of dental implants at strategic locations throughout your jawbone. They will support an implant-supported denture. These prosthetics 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.
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.
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.