Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Dental implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
The implants themselves are artificial tooth roots anchored in the gum or jawbone, on which replacement teeth are permanently secured. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore your smile! Dental implants are stable and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear at our Arlington, VA office.
Common reasons for a dental implant procedure:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Restore a patient’s confident smile
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion
- Restore or enhance facial tissues
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable
There are various types of dental implant procedures, in our Arlington, VA office we provide the following implant procedures.
Mini Dental Implants
Often done in a single visit to our Arlington, VA office, mini dental implants are a new and low-cost way to secure your dentures, at less than half the cost of traditional dental implants! Even patients who have been told they aren’t candidates for traditional implants may benefit from mini implants. In some cases, your existing dentures can be used, making this implant procedure even more affordable.
Single Tooth Implant
By replacing a single tooth in our Arlington, VA office and you can avoid a conventional bridge and your adjacent teeth are preserved. Single-tooth implants do not decay or need root canal treatments and have the highest long-term success rates for replacing a single tooth. Enjoy your new tooth!
All-on-4 Full Arch Implant Procedure
With the All-on-4 implant procedure, we can literally restore an entire row of teeth in just one appointment at our Arlington, VA office. With just four to six strategically placed implants, we can use them to fully support an implant-retained denture that simply snaps onto them. All on four dentures replace all of your teeth with a permanent set of natural-feeling prosthetics that function exactly like a real set of teeth. Permanently affixed to your jaw with titanium screws, they will not shift or slip and do note put unwanted pressure on your gums. Eating and biting are much more comfortable, as they act just as natural teeth do. Maintenance for All-on-4 dental implants is the same as your natural teeth, meaning regular brushing and flossing are all that is required to keep them looking great.
More Benefits with less costs. All-on-4 dental implants require fewer supporting screws than many other implants. Therefore, they are often the superior and cost-effective option when replacing the majority or entirety of your teeth. At Westover Dentistry in Arlington, VA, we will discuss all the options with you to make sure you are getting the best treatment possible.
Bone Grafts & Sinus Lifts
Bone grafting helps preserve your smile and the natural contour of your jaw by adding grafting material around gum disease-affected teeth or to places where tooth loss has occurred. Placing grafted material in areas of missing teeth strengthens and prepares the sites for dental implants. Rebuilding your bone in areas of deterioration provides a firm foundation to which your implants can fuse. When you lose an upper tooth, especially to gum disease, there may be little bone with which to work. A “sinus lift” can resolve that. During a sinus lift, a small opening is made in the sinus above the roots of the affected tooth to form a small, balloon-like space where your dentist will place the composite to secure the implant.
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Mouth guards are an essential protective appliance for those with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ/TMD). These specially designed guards not only protect teeth from impact injuries but also provide crucial cushioning to reduce trauma to the mouth, teeth, and jaw - areas particularly sensitive in TMJ/TMD patients.
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