Getting dental implants in Tysons Corner & Potomac is a process that can take months to complete. Thanks to Dr. Osseiran, who has received recognition as one of America’s Top Dentists in implant dentistry from the Consumer Research Council of America, we’ll be able to guide you through each stage and ensure that you’ll always receive the best care available. To get started on your new smile, contact our offices today to schedule an initial consultation.
The first step is to determine what kind of dental implants you’ll need. A patient with only a single missing tooth will likely need a crown on top of a single implant post, but if several teeth in a row are missing, a dental bridge supported by a pair of implants may be used instead. We’ll help you make a plan based on the state of your mouth and the extent of tooth loss.
We’ll also need to check and see if there are any preparations to be made before moving on the to surgery step. For example, if your jawbone has lost some of its density after losing teeth, you may need to get a bone graft so that your jaw will be able to support the implant posts.
On the day of the actual surgery, we can use a form of sedation dentistry – oral conscious, nitrous oxide, IV or general anesthesiology – to keep you calm and comfortable during the procedure. (Depending on the method used, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything before your appointment.) We’ll make a small incision in your gums and create holes for the titanium implants to be inserted.
Thanks to the DIOnavi digitally guided dental implant system, we can simulate the surgery beforehand to figure out the best location to place your implants, resulting in a more comfortable procedure that ultimately causes less bleeding and won’t require sutures afterwards. We’re one of the few local dental offices to utilize this extremely helpful and convenient technology.
Once the implant posts are in your jaw, it’s time to wait for your mouth to heal around them. This can take 3 to 6 months, and during this time a process called osseointegration takes place. Basically, this causes the bone to fuse with the titanium. This is what makes dental implants so stable and secure in the mouth. Furthermore, the implant posts will serve as the roots for your new teeth; this means that your jawbone will continue to receive the stimulation from chewing that it needs to prevent itself from breaking down.
Note that sometimes, before you can get a prosthetic tooth, you’ll need to get an abutment first. An abutment is simply the connector that attaches a crown, bridge or denture to a dental implant.
After your implants have been fully integrated with your jaw, you can get your new teeth. Crowns and other restorations are often made of porcelain, a durable, tooth-colored material that will help create a natural-looking smile. Once you’ve received your prosthetic teeth, your implants should be stable enough to chew with, although it might take some getting used to.