Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. Treatment involves the use of small titanium posts that are surgically placed within your jawbone. During your recovery period, your bone gradually fuses to the implanted posts called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts in your jaw so that they can provide secure support for your new teeth.


Dental implants are incredibly versatile. There are implants to meet just about every tooth replacement need. Types of dental implants include:


Single tooth: Used to replace an   individual tooth, this treatment uses one post to support one crown. You may   have individual implants in different areas of your mouth where you are   missing a single tooth, or you may have single tooth implants side by side.

Multiple teeth: Also called an   implant supported bridge, this treatment is used to replace two or more   consecutive missing teeth, providing an alternative to traditional bridges   and partial dentures.

Full arch restorations: A full   arch restoration replaces a whole arch of teeth. 6 to 8 posts are typically   used. However, if you are missing too much bone mass, you may be a candidate   for a treatment that helps to avoid the need for a bone graft. Called the All   on four treatment concept, this treatment supports your full arch of   replacement teeth with only four posts.


Getting your dental implants requires surgery, which is done under a local anesthetic and sedation. We begin by making incisions in your gums. These incisions provide access to your jawbone. Holes are drilled into the bone, and the implant posts are placed directly inside. After your gums have been sutured, temporary teeth are set into place. After you have fully healed, a process that can take several weeks to several months, your final restorations are created and placed. 


Dental implants provide several benefits.


• Your new teeth look, function, and even feel like natural teeth. 

• The restorations are secured into   place on the posts with small screws. The will not wiggle around, come loose,   or fall out.

• Implants are much more   comfortable. Your teeth are supported by the implant posts instead of your   gums or adjacent teeth.

• The posts provide stimulation for   your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. This restoration of stimulation   helps to put an end to, and stop, bone loss in your jaw. No other tooth   replacement option can provide this benefit.


Even with several incredible benefits, there are still a few drawbacks to treatment with dental implants.


• You need to undergo surgery. 

• Certain medical conditions and   lifestyle habits can interfere with treatment as well as with healing.

• Recovery can take several months.

• If you have lost too much bone   mass, you may need to undergo a bone graft procedure first. This adds   surgery, additional recovery time, and additional costs.

• Implants are often more expensive   than other treatments.

With dental implants, we can restore the functions of your missing teeth and the quality of your smile while also helping to protect the health and shape of your jawbone. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Palisade Family Dental at (703) 404-9111 today.