Ballston Dental Arts
900 N Taylor Street, Suite 150, Arlington, VA 22203
Do you feel uncomfortable smiling because of missing teeth? Our knowledgeable and experienced dentists are dedicated to helping patients restore their smile and confidence with affordable, high-quality dental implants. The following are a few of the most frequently asked questions that we get from patients regarding dental implants in Arlington.
A dental implant is a permanent, natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. The most common type of implant is known as an endosteal implant. With an endosteal implant, a titanium post is surgically inserted into the jawbone to simulate the missing tooth root. The post is then capped with a crown that is fabricated to match your natural teeth. An alternative procedure, known as a subperiosteal implant, involves placing the post under the gums but above the jawbone. A subperiosteal implant is most often used when there is not enough healthy jawbone to support the post and a bone graft is not an option.
Implants can be customized to your needs. For example, an implant-supported bridge may be used to replace multiple missing teeth. A single implant can be used to replace one diseased or damaged tooth. Mini implants are a modern alternative to traditional implants that can be used in patients who are not candidates for traditional implants because of age or other oral health concerns or who don’t have sufficient space in their jawbone to support traditional implants.
The type of post used, the specific implant technique used, and whether you will need additional procedures are just a few of the factors that will determine your dental implants cost. During your consultation, your dentist will assess your dental needs and provide you with an outline of your dental implants cost. While it is true that dental implants cost more than many other restoration options, they have a proven record of success and offer advantages, such as a natural appearance and durability.
Dental implants insurance is not included in most private and employer-sponsored dental plans, but we recommend that you speak with your insurance provider to verify your benefits. It is still possible to get affordable dental implants in Arlington even without insurance. We offer a variety of payment plans and flexible financing options. Call to speak with one of our friendly office staff for more information.
The implant procedure involves several steps that may vary based on the specific type of implant used. The process starts with the dentist surgically implanting the post into your jawbone. The dentist will use local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort. Any postoperative pain can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. The post is allowed to heal for several months so that it will fuse with your jawbone. A connecting piece called an abutment is then attached to the post. Finally, the crown is permanently secured into place. Your crown is custom-made to blend in with your existing teeth for a natural-looking smile.
Patients opting for implants enjoy a beautiful, new smile and improved self-esteem. The posts improve the stability of the jaw and protect the remaining natural teeth. Implants allow you to eat and speak with more confidence and are easier to clean than traditional dentures and bridges.
Your dentist will provide you with instructions for caring for your mouth following the procedure to ensure that you heal properly. Once you have completely healed, you will care for your new teeth the same as you would your natural teeth by brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist for regular exams.
If you are looking to improve your self-esteem by restoring the health and appearance of your smile, implants may be right for you. Our dentists can perform a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health needs to determine which type of implant is best for you. Call today to schedule your consultation.
If you are like most of our patients, you want a long-lasting solution to your dental issues. Your overall oral health, the location of the implants, and your dental hygiene regimen will all affect the durability of your implants. With regular brushing, flossing, and dental care, your implants can last decades. Visit our Arlington practice to find out if implants are right for you.