Dental Implant Services

in Leesburg, VA

Has life left you with spaces in your smile? That doesn’t mean you have to live with missing teeth forever. It also doesn’t mean bridges and dentures are your only options. Dental implants are a modern, tooth-replacement solution that many people have as their number 1 choice when it comes to restoring their smile.

At Leesburg Family Dental, we provide a full suite of dental implant services. What does that mean? Well, many offices have to refer patients out for part of the procedures, but we’ll be there to take care of you from start to finish whether you need to replace one tooth or a full set of teeth. If you’d like to learn more, come see us for a consultation!

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Implant Dentistry 101

Dental implants mimic the structure of a natural tooth. They’re made up of three main parts: the implant itself, a connector piece called the abutment, and the restoration. The implant portion is a small titanium post that is positioned in your jawbone and acts like a tooth root. The abutment then connects the restoration, oftentimes a dental crown, to the implant, giving it its toothlike appearance.

Getting a dental implant takes place over multiple visits since we have to let the post fuse with the bone before we can add the dental restoration. This healing process is called osseointegration, and it generally takes around six to 12 weeks. That may seem like a long time, but it’s necessary for making sure the post is strong and secure, and that the area stays healthy. The type of restoration you get will depend on how many teeth you’re replacing. We can even stabilize dentures with dental implants so you won’t have to fuss with adhesives anymore to keep them in place!

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Benefits of Dental Implants

You’re probably wondering what’s the reason so many people prefer to replace their missing teeth with dental implants compared to the other options out there. Well, we happen to have a whole list of reasons!

  • Natural appearance — We bet many people won’t be able to spot the difference between your implant and your other teeth.
  • No slipping and sliding — Dental implants are permanently secured in place.
  • Long lifespan — They are designed to last many years, even a lifetime for some!
  • Ease with daily activities — Since they feel so similar to natural teeth, you can go back to chewing and speaking like normal.
  • Improved oral health — Dental implants keep your mouth healthy by stopping nearby teeth from shifting out of place and into the open space, and by keeping your jawbone from deteriorating.

Dental Implants FAQ

Why should I replace missing teeth?

Yes, having a missing tooth can affect the attractiveness of your smile, but there’s more to it than that. When you’re missing a tooth, it can result in the surrounding teeth moving out of place, resulting in crowding or general misalignment. Another thing many people don’t realize is that teeth stimulate the jawbone and keep it healthy, so when they’re missing, the bone can start to weaken. That can also cause your face to appear sunken and much older than you really are.

Who qualifies as a candidate for dental implants?

To get a dental implant, it’s very important that you have good overall oral health and enough bone to support the implant. If you’re not quite there with either of these, we offer a number of other procedures, including bone graft surgery to help improve your dental wellness. Really the only way you can know for sure if you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure is to come in for a consultation. The Leesburg Family Dental team would be happy to sit down with you to see if dental implants are right for you!

How do I take care of a dental implant?

One of the big benefits of dental implants is that you don’t have to change up your at-home routine or remember a bunch of special instructions for how to take care of them. You can brush, floss, and rinse them the same as with all your other teeth! Don’t forget to come in for your routine dental visits every six months, too.

How much does a dental implant cost?

There are many different factors that come into play with dental implant cases, including how many teeth are being replaced, which teeth these are, and what type of restoration is being used. That’s why it’s hard to give a cost estimate without checking out your unique situation in person. Before we get going on any procedure, we’ll be sure to give you an accurate cost estimate so there won’t be any surprises. We also have many financial options available to make it easy for people of all financial situations to fit dental implants in to their budgets.