Myths and Misconceptions of Dental Implants
Are you interested in receiving dental implants? Learn the facts about this innovative procedure for restoring missing teeth and schedule your complimentary dental implant consultation with our oral surgeon in Northern Virginia, Dr. Snehal Patel. Below are common misconceptions individuals have regarding dental implants:
Only Certain Patients can get Dental Implants
Thanks to innovative applications of dental implant technology, many patients are candidates for dental implants or implant-based treatments. During your first visit to our dental office in Lorton, our oral surgeon will thoroughly evaluate the condition of your smile, paying close attention to the density of your jaw. From there, Dr. Patel will determine whether preliminary bone grafting may be needed to strengthen the jaw and ensure successful implant treatment.
Dentures are the only way to Replace Multiple Teeth
While most patients consider dental implants to be single tooth restorations, the truth is they can be adapted to larger restorations. For patients missing multiple teeth (even entire arches), Dr. Patel strategically places several dental implants as the foundation for permanent fixed bridges. Implants are placed to secure removable dentures, helping patients with existing dentures, and creating a stabilized bite.
Any Dentist will Place a Dental Implant
While many general dentists may offer dental implant placement, this procedure is often best left to extensively trained oral surgeons. In Northern Virginia, our oral surgeon works closely with local general dentists to coordinate post-treatment care and restoration placement.
Dental Implants are Noticeable
Unlike bulky dentures or bridges, dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Implant crowns are made of porcelain, giving patients a natural looking, completed smile. Likewise, implant bridges and dentures are custom-made to match the rest of your smile, ensuring a seamless appearance.
Care for Dental Implants is Simple
Compared to traditional restorations, caring for dental implants is as easy as caring for your original teeth. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, patients should visit their general dentist for routine cleanings every six months. For patients who used dental implants to replace teeth lost due to gum disease or other dental infection, your dentist may have additional instructions for at-home hygiene.
Interested in Dental Implants? Call our Lorton Oral Surgeon Today!
Dr. Patel and his team at Lorton-Springfield Dental Implants & Oral Surgery are proud to offer dental implants to patients throughout Northern Virginia. To learn more about this innovative treatments, call your nearest location today and schedule your implant consultation. 703-436-4633