Are you missing one or more teeth? Dr. Salari provides dental implants to her patients in Annandale, VA. Dental implants are a versatile restorative dental solution that replaces missing or lost teeth. They can be used on their own or to support dental bridges and dentures. Dental implants offer many benefits to patients with lost teeth. Implants improve oral health by preventing shifting and overcrowding that is often caused by missing teeth. Dental implants make it easier for patients to bite, chew, and speak comfortably. Dr. Salari will help you find the best implant restoration to fit your needs. She takes the budget, goals, and history of her patients into account when planning treatment.
The Dental Implant Process
The procedure to place a dental implant often takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and 2 to 3 hours for multiple implants. We will provide you with antibiotics, a local anesthetic, and dental sedation for comfortable treatment.
Dr. Salari uses Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) when planning implant treatment. CBCT imaging creates detailed 3-D images of the dental structure so Dr. Salari can provide the most accurate placement possible.
Then, to begin the implantation process, Dr. Salari makes a small incision in the gum tissue to reveal the bone and gently inserts the titanium implant. Dental implants require a 3 to 6-month healing period, during which they fuse to the jawbone. This process, called osseointegration, ensures that the implant or implant restoration is stable. Following this healing period a dental crown, bridge, or denture is permanently placed.
Bone Grafting and Sinus Lifts
Some patients may require additional treatment prior to implant surgery. If there is not sufficient bone for implants to fuse to, a bone graft or sinus lift may be needed. Bone grafting takes healthy bone from another area and fuses it into the pre-existing bone. This comfortable procedure adds bone to ridges where there is inadequate bone. A sinus lift is needed if the sinus cavity in the upper jaw is too large or low. During this treatment, we elevate the sinus membrane and add bone to the area.
With All-On-Four, patients can receive a full bottom or top arch of teeth with as little as four dental implants. This modern implant treatment method benefits patients who have many lost teeth and want a more stable treatment than a removable denture. All-On-Four can replace an entire arch of missing teeth. As a permanent and non-removable restoration, All-On-Four restores the bite function and aesthetics of the teeth. Over time, many patients will even forget that they have replacement teeth because they look and feel so natural.
Implant Aftercare FAQ:
WHAT CAN I USE FOR TEETH WHILE THE IMPLANTS HEAL?
Many options are available, and they are tailored to your specific requirements. If you need a replacement tooth while the implants are healing, temporary removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be made. If all of your teeth are missing, we can usually modify your present complete denture or make you a new temporary denture. If you would prefer non-removable teeth during the healing phase, temporary transitional implants usually can be placed along with the permanent implants, and temporary teeth may be made and inserted the same day. Depending on your particular situation, some implants can be placed and “loaded” immediately. This means a temporary or permanent replacement tooth can be placed on, or shortly after, the day the dental implant is placed.
WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS AFTER DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY?
Although it is natural to be concerned about the pain that may be caused by these procedures, most patients do not experience severe or significant post-operative pain. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed for you to make your recovery as easy as possible. Occasionally, some people develop post-operative infections that require additional antibiotic treatment. Even though great care is taken to place the implant precisely, occasionally adjacent teeth are injured in the placement process. In addition, there is a chance that the nerve in the lower jaw, which provides sensation to your lower lip and chin, may be affected. If you are missing quite a lot of bone, it might be difficult to place an implant without infringing on the nerve space. Although we take great care to avoid this nerve, occasionally it is irritated during the procedure, resulting in tingling, numbness or a complete lack of sensation in your lip, chin, or tongue. Usually, these altered sensations will resolve within time, but they can be permanent and/or painful. If you notify us of post-operative numbness as soon as possible, it will allow us to manage your care in the most appropriate way.
WHEN ARE THE REPLACEMENT TEETH ATTACHED TO THE IMPLANT?
The replacement teeth are usually attached to the implant when adequate healing has occurred and your jaw bone is firmly fused to the implant. Depending on a variety of factors, it may be possible to begin this phase of your treatment immediately or shortly after implant placement. We will review the most appropriate treatment sequence and timing for your particular situation.
The dental work required to complete your treatment is complex. Most of the work involves actually making the new teeth before they are placed. Your appointments are considered more comfortable and more pleasant than previous methods of tooth replacement. Frequently, this process can be performed without local anesthesia.
Your restorative treatment begins with specialized impressions that allow Dr. Salari to produce a replica of your mouth and implants. We will also make “bite” records so that we see the relationship between your upper and lower jaws. With this information, we will make the abutments (support posts) that attach your replacement teeth to your implants. Various types of abutments exist. Frequently, we can use “off the shelf” abutments. Other times, custom abutments must be made of gold or a tooth-colored ceramic material. As you can imagine, these custom-made abutments add to the cost and treatment time involved. Which abutment to use is a decision that often cannot be made until after healing is complete and impressions have been made.
The number of appointments and the amount of time required for each appointment is different for each patient. No two cases are exactly the same and regardless of the number of teeth replaced, the work must be completed with great precision and attention to detail. If you are having only a few teeth replaced, as few as three short appointments may be required. Between appointments, we will need time to complete the necessary lab work to make your replacement teeth. It is most beneficial that you keep all of your scheduled appointments.
If your final restoration is a removable denture, you will need to come to as many as five office appointments (although it may be fewer) over the following several months. During these appointments, we will perform a series of impressions, bites and adjustments in order to make your new teeth, as well as the custom support bars, snaps, magnets, or clips that will secure your teeth to the implants. During this period, every effort will be made to ensure you have comfortable, temporary replacement teeth.
In general, once your implants are placed, you can expect your tooth replacement treatment to be completed anywhere from 1 to 12 months. For these reasons, it is difficult for us to tell you exactly how much the restorative phase of your treatment will cost, although you should receive a reasonable estimate from our office. It also is difficult to give you a specific timeframe for completion of your treatment until after the implants are ready for restoration.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY NEW TEETH?
As with natural teeth, it is important that you clean implant-supported restorations regularly with toothbrushes, floss and any other recommended aids. You should also visit your dentist several times each year for hygiene and maintenance. As with regular dentures and other tooth replacements, your implants and their associated components are subject to wear and tear and eventually will need repairs, including clip replacement, relines, screw tightening, and other adjustments.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Do you have a single missing tooth? Are you looking for a stable dental restoration? Try implant treatment at Nova Smile Dental. Call our office today at 703.763.0800. Request a dental appointment with Dr. Salari on our website. Nova Smile Dental serves patients from Annandale, Fairfax, and Northern Virginia. Let our dental office staff know if you have any questions or concerns during your treatment and they will be happy to assist you.