Common Dental Implant Questions

Dental implants are one of the best solutions for replacing missing teeth. This treatment provides a permanent and beautiful solution to gaps left by missing teeth, and unlike dentures, they look and feel just like your real teeth. To help patients understand implants, we have created this list of common implant questions. If we haven’t answered your question, feel free to call either our Lorton or Springfield office to speak with a member of our staff.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are secured to your jaw bone and then affixed with a dental prosthetic. These prosthetics are designed to match the surrounding teeth to provide a natural aesthetic. Dental implants are a much more permanent solution than dentures or bridges, and they allow you to chew and talk regularly.

Why do You Recommend Dental Implants?

Implants provide the healthiest option for tooth replacement. Because the implant is permanent and fused to the jaw bone, it reduces the rate of bone loss. Dental implants free you to enjoy your smile as you normally would, and are easy to care for. All patients have to do is brush and floss consistently and visit their dentist. With proper care, they can last over 30 years.

Is the Dental Implant Procedure Painful?

During the procedure, patients are given local anesthesia to make them comfortable. As the bone has no nerve endings, patients will not be able to feel anything beyond the work done on the gums. Patients may feel minor discomfort afterward, but it is no more painful than other dental procedures.

Are Dental Implants Expensive?

Dental implants are initially more expensive than dentures or other prosthetic options, but their advantages outweigh the initial price tag. Traditional prosthetics will need to be replaced multiple times as they wear out, whereas implants and their restorations will not. This longevity reduces overall costs.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

To receive dental implants, you must have a healthy jaw bone that is thick enough to secure the implant posts. If you have experienced bone deterioration due to gum disease, injury, or long-term tooth loss, we can work with you to develop a treatment plan that will strengthen the jaw before placing dental implants.

Have More Questions? Contact Us Today!

At Lorton & Springfield Dental Implant and Oral Surgery, we are committed to providing the best dental implant service possible. Dr. Snehal R. Patel, DDS, MD is your dedicated oral surgeon with many years of dental implant experience. Dr. Patel will work with you to answer your questions and develop an individualized treatment plan to fit your needs. Call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment. 703-436-4633