Traditional restorations such as bridges and dentures are a trusted way to replace missing teeth but they do not prevent bone loss.
With dental implants, the doctors at Smile Designer of Leesburg in Leesburg, VA, can secure your restoration and keep your jawbone healthy.
Learn how dental implants can help you...
Why Do We Recommend the Treatment So Often?
Implants Protect the Jaw
Traditional restorations only replace the portion of a tooth above the gum line, but dental roots play a vital role in your health. Implants replicate these structures so the jaw continues to receive the nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy.
Implants Provide Security
Traditional dentures are notorious for slipping out of place at critical moments, like speaking in public or playing with your grandchildren. Implants securely anchor your denture in place so you can smile openly and speak with confidence.
Treatment for Missing Teeth Is Incredibly Common
Why Choose Implants over Traditional Restorations?
For patients with any level of tooth loss, dental implants are widely considered the closest thing to natural teeth. They mimic the function of tooth roots while delivering the stimulation the jawbone needs to stay healthy, strong, and full. Unlike traditional restorations, dental implants prevent jawbone recession and help you keep a youthful, filled-out facial structure.
3 Requirements for Patients Considering Dental Implants
Good Oral Health
Before completing your implant treatment, our dentists will evaluate your smile and identify any oral health issues like gum disease, cavities, or infection, which could interfere with implant treatment. Fortunately, we can treat virtually all of these issues in-office to give you a healthy foundation.
Good Overall HealthBecause implant placement requires oral surgery, you will need to be healthy enough to undergo surgery. This means you will need to stop smoking, as smoking increases the likelihood of implant failure. If you are diabetic, you will need to have stable glucose levels prior to dental implant surgery.
Good Jawbone DensityTo ensure long-lasting, successful results, implants must be placed in healthy, dense jawbone tissue. If you have some degree of jawbone recession, we may recommend bone augmentation prior to implant placement. Patients whose implants are placed in grafted tissue typically experience similar success rates to those with implants placed in non-grafted bone tissue.
State-Of-The-Art Dentistry in the Comfort of Your Hometown
We know that implant treatment may seem like a big investment of your time and money, but leaving missing teeth untreated can have serious consequences for your oral and overall health.
At our practice, you can receive customized, state-of-the-art dental implant treatment from a board-certified implant surgeon in the convenience of your hometown. We can perform your treatment from start to finish, allowing you to undergo the full treatment under one roof.
High-Tech Tools to Enhance Your Results
Although we are conveniently located, we are not your typical dental office. Our practice is equipped with the latest tools in dentistry, including:
- CEREC® for same-day restorations
- DIAGNOdent® for more accurate cavity detection
- Digital X-rays for fast results and minimized radiation
- 3-D computed tomography (CT) for more precise, accurate implant placement
By using this technology, we can make your dental implant treatment faster, more comfortable, and more precise.
Types of Dental Implant Treatment
There are a variety of dental implant types available. The optimal type for you will depend on the number and location of your missing teeth, as well as factors such as your budget, concerns, and goals. The treatment options offered at Smile Designer of Leesburg include:
Teeth in a Day
Patients with badly damaged or decayed teeth can undergo a tooth extraction and tooth replacement with implants in one day.
Using only four implants, Dr. Han can attach a temporary full arch in just one appointment so that you never have to go without teeth.
Full Mouth Dental Implants
During this type of implant surgery, a patient can come into our office and have all damaged teeth extracted. Dr. Han will then placed four to eight dental implants, and the patient can go home with temporary dentures.
In addition to implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures, Dr. Han provides hybrid dentures. These advanced prosthetics are fixed to the jaws, which means you do not have to remove them for cleaning or as part of your nightly routine. While hybrid dentures offer increased convenience, they require a larger number of implants than other treatment options for support.
Patients who want fewer implants may prefer overdentures. Overdentures can also improve your bite and facial structure, but are easier to clean than hybrid dentures. As a trained Periodontal Prosthetics dentist, Dr. Han can help you choose which type of restoration is best suited to your needs, budget, and goals. We can also perform full mouth reconstructions in-office. These customizable treatment plans include a variety of reconstructive procedures tailored to address your unique needs.
What to Expect During Treatment
Dr. Han has undergone extensive training in implant dentistry, which allows him to place your implants himself rather than referring your treatment to an outside specialist. If you require preparatory treatment such as an extraction, bone graft, sinus lift, or gum surgery, Dr. Han can provide those procedures in-office as well.
At our practice, you can receive customized, state-of-the-art dental implant treatment from a board-certified implant surgeon.
Once you are fully healed from any preparatory procedures, Dr. Han can perform your implant surgery. To begin, Dr. Han will create an incision in your gums. He will then embed the implants in your jawbone and suture the gums back together. In some cases, a temporary restoration may be placed. Thanks to careful planning using our cone beam computed tomography scanner and various sedation options, Dr. Han can complete this procedure precisely and with minimal discomfort.
During a healing period of four to six months, the posts will fuse with the bone during a process known as osseointegration. Once this process is complete, you can have your permanent crown, bridge, or denture secured in place.