General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, VA
Dental implants are one of the most conservative and advanced methods for replacing missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth can help ensure your teeth stay in alignment, redistribute the force in your bite and also improve your smile. Dr. Stella Kim provides high-quality implants at Oronoco Dental in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are an advanced technology used to replace missing teeth. They’re titanium posts that replace artificial tooth roots where you're missing a tooth. Dr. Kim surgically places your dental implant in your jawbone, which becomes the foundation for a restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or dentures.
How do dental implants work?
The key to the effectiveness of dental implants is that they’re made of biocompatible materials, like titanium. The biocompatibility means that your body won’t recognize it as a foreign substance; therefore, your implant can fuse with your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration, which makes your implant strong and sturdy and provides several oral health benefits.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Replacing your teeth with dental implants has many advantages, including:
- Keeping your teeth from drifting out of alignment
- Making it easier to eat and speak
- Improving your appearance
- Redistributing the force in your bite
As one of the most modern solutions for replacing missing teeth, dental implants have many advantages over other restoration methods.
Dental implants are more conservative because you don’t need to extend the procedure to adjacent teeth like with a bridge. They also can be more stable than dentures because they can tolerate a stronger bite force.
Unlike both dentures and bridges, dental implants connect your prosthetic teeth directly to your jawbone. This stimulates your bone tissue and helps protect you from bone loss.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
To be a good candidate for dental implants, you need to have a substantial amount of bone in your jaw since implants are anchored to your jawbone. If you don’t have enough bone in your jaw, you might need a bone graft before getting your dental implants.
Your gums also need to be healthy to place your implants. If you’re experiencing gum disease, Dr. Kim will need to rehabilitate your gums with periodontal treatment before moving forward with implants.
Schedule a visit with Oronoco Dental by calling the office or booking online, and restore your smile with dental implants today.