At Cardinal Park Family Dental Care, we offer our patients many restorative dentistry options, including dental implants at our Leesburg dentist office. A missing tooth can cause you more than just a lack of confidence, it can affect your dental health. After a tooth is extracted, bone mass begins to disappear from the jaw. As a result, your face will show signs of early aging and create a droopy appearance. Without a restoration in place, adjacent teeth will slowly start moving into the gap, creating crooked teeth. The exposed gum is more prone to developing periodontal diseases as a result.
The most obvious solution is to find a restoration. With dental implants, a secure screw “post” is surgically implanted in your jaw with an attached crown, bridge, or denture. The post promotes bone mass growth, preventing the patient from experiencing any problems associated with low bone mass. Most dentists recommend patients choose dental implants for their restorative option.
There are only a few requirements for patients who want dental implants. The first being, there is enough bone mass in the jaw to take the implant. Otherwise, the implant will fail. Bone grafts help patients who do not meet the bone mass requirement, this is common in older patients. Patients must also be free of any periodontal or gum diseases. This can also cause an implant to fail. If you have recently had an extraction, the gum must be completely healed before the implant surgery takes place.
One your dentist gives you the green light, your surgery is scheduled at our Leesburg dental office. The titanium post is placed along with a temporary crown, bridge or denture. Your gums will take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to heal. Once the healing is complete, you will return to our dentist office and our dentist will take images of your mouth using the CEREC machine to create your permanent crown or bridge, or impressions for your dentures. Once your permanent restoration is made, it will be placed. You can expect your dental implant to feel secure and look completely natural.
Your dental implant should be cared for like the rest of your teeth. You are required to brush twice a day and floss daily in order to protect yourself from periodontal disease. Smoking and lack of dental hygiene can cause your implant to fail. The other way your implant can be harmed is with physical damage to the crown, bridge or denture. This happens during contact sports, clenching or grinding teeth, or just an unlucky fall. It’s important to take preventative action in order to protect your investment. Talk to our dentist if you are prone to nighttime clenching or grinding, or play contact sports so you can be set up with a mouth guard.
For a complete range of restorative dentistry options, contact Cardinal Park Family Dental Care for dental implants in Leesburg today. You can reach our dental office by calling 703-779-2296 or by visiting our contact us page to fill out our online contact form. If you have questions about dental implants, contact our dentists or read our FAQs.