Dental implants can improve your appearance and your oral health.
Dental Implants: The Gold Standard
There are many uses for dental implants, and they have become the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth. Each implant uses a post made of a titanium alloy, a material that is biocompatible with most patients, even those with metal allergies. The implant restores both the top, visible portion of the tooth and the dental root.
Steps in an Implant Treatment
- Implant consultation with our dentists
- CT scan of your teeth, mouth and jaws
- Creation of a surgical guide
- Patient sedation and surgery procedure
- Temporary restoration and healing period for soft tissue and bone
- Final dental restoration
To help ensure patient comfort and safety, our office uses a 3D scanner to examine anatomical structures before your treatment. This imaging system will help our dentists place and anchor the implant post properly.
Once we create your treatment plan and decide on the position of the implant, our dentists will use an implant guide to help place the post. These guides are 3D printed and based on images from the CT scan for higher accuracy.
To help prevent discomfort, our office offers several different forms of sedation, including oral sedation, laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and IV sedation. Speak with our dentists before your appointment to decide which will best work for you.
How Long Does an Implant Treatment Take?
Because treatment and healing times can vary, our dentists will outline your individual schedule during your free implant consultation. Usually, after an implant is initially placed, it will take around three to four months for the site to heal and a permanent crown to be placed.
What Is Recovery Like Following a Dental Implant Placement?
Your personal recovery will depend on several different factors. However, if you are still experiencing discomfort in the two to three weeks after your procedure, contact GoSmiles Dentistry at 703-753-3346. Also tell our dentists if you notice any unusual or changing symptoms.
Follow the instructions below to help reduce pain after your implant procedure:
- Take an over-the-counter painkiller to counteract discomfort. Be sure to follow all dosage instructions and recommendations. However, let our dentists know if you still are experiencing pain.
- To reduce swelling during the first 24 hours, place an icepack over the cheek.
- Limit your diet to soft foods, such as ice cream, Jell-O, yogurt or eggs.
- Be sure to sleep and rest after your appointment and avoid strenuous physical activity in the week following the procedure.
In order to truly complete your dental implant, you will receive an implant restoration. The implant restoration is intended to replace the crown of your missing tooth and this is an option even if you are missing more than a single tooth.
You have options for your restoration including a single crown, a dental bridge, or even complete or partial dentures. When you come into our office for your first-time consultation, our dentists and team will help you to determine which option will work best for your smile.
Dental implants are an excellent choice for patients seeking long-lasting restorations for missing teeth. With the proper maintenance and care, you can have a functional and aesthetically please smile.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about dental implants.
At our office, our team strives to help our patients avoid pain and discomfort. If you have any concerns about your appointment for dental implants in Gainesville and Herndon, Virginia, contact our office today.