Dental implants provide the most natural-looking replacement for missing teeth, and they feel normal inside your mouth, too. At Aura Dentistry, prosthodontist Dr. Negar Tehrani and dentist Dr. Chang Yi can determine if implants are the right procedure for you. If you live in McLean, Virginia, or the surrounding area, call the office or use online booking to set up an appointment.
A dental implant is a post that’s inserted surgically into your jawbone to provide an anchor for a prosthetic tooth. Implants are stable and permanent, unlike dentures, which can slip and slide.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, an implant provides a stable replacement. To be a candidate for an implant, you must have good overall oral health. Dr. Tehrani and Dr. Yi can determine if you have adequate bone in your jaw to support the post. You also need healthy gums.
Unlike dentures, a dental implant can’t slide or move around in your mouth. Plus, it feels and functions just like a natural tooth. Your speech and eating habits won’t be affected.
An implant also stimulates your bone, which prevents bone loss. Over time, loss of bone tissue in your jaw can change the shape of your face and smile.
You might consider an implant as an effective, natural way to replace a missing tooth, especially if bridges or dentures are uncomfortable due to gagging or your mouth structure. Also, an implant doesn’t require filing down of some existing teeth as is necessary with a bridge.
If the team at Aura Dentistry determines that you’re a good candidate for an implant, you’ll be scheduled for at least two appointments. At the first appointment, the metal post is inserted into your jawbone.
You wait several months to allow the bone to fuse around the implant. At this point, the doctors attach an abutment which holds a crown -- the prosthetic tooth that’s color-matched to your natural teeth.
You clean an implant just like you do any other natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings can make your implant last a lifetime.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, consider dental implants as an option. Call the office of Aura Dentistry or book an appointment online to find out more about this effective procedure.