It is extremely important to replace missing teeth, for a number of reasons. When teeth are not replaced soon after tooth loss, surrounding teeth tend to drift into these open spaces. Bite misalignment, bone loss, and other oral concerns often result, leading to the need for further dental treatment and expense. Dental implants are highly regarded as the preferred option for replacing missing teeth among Alexandria and Falls Church, VA, patients, and bring incomparable benefits to your smile, health, and general well-being. If you are missing teeth or need tooth extractions, you likely have questions about dental implants. Our trusted team has the answers you need when considering this life-changing tooth replacement option.
Though traditional dental bridges and dentures are still a viable solution for some, many patients prefer implants for the long-term benefits they offer. Dental implants eliminate the need to cut-down neighboring teeth, as is necessary with traditional bridgework, which can often lead to additional tooth decay, fracture, nerve damage or future dental breakdown. Oral hygiene is unchanged with dental implants, as implant supported restorations may eliminate the need for difficult floss threaders that are typically needed to clean around conventional bridgework. One key difference is also how implants integrate with the bone, closely replicating natural teeth and helping to preserve bone which would otherwise rapidly resorb after the loss of a tooth. Traditional bridges and dentures typically must be replaced every five to 10 years. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are ideal for many patients. But they do require a healthy oral environment and sufficient bone quantity to be successful. A personalized consultation with our board certified periodontists can determine if implants are right for you. Even if you have bone loss, you may still be a candidate for implants with a bone grafting procedure.
Dental implants fuse with the jawbone to replace the root and crown portions of teeth. This connection offers great stability for your tooth replacement and enhances biting, chewing and speaking functions.
Depending on your current oral and overall health, it may be possible to offer immediate loaded dental implants to replace missing teeth and with a reliable restoration in just one day. The temporary, acrylic crown is then replaced with a more durable, final crown at a later date. Our doctors have trained with some of the world’s pioneers in immediate loaded dental implants, and we are one of the first offices in the area to offer this service to our patients.
We partner with a licensed anesthesiologist to provide IV sedation and other options for a relaxing, pain-free procedure. Our doctors take special care to make your implant surgery as minimally invasive as possible, which improves comfort and helps expedite your recovery period. These features combined with our gentle chairside manner create comfortable, positive implant experiences for our patients.
The cost of dental implants varies among patients and is influenced by a range of factors. For instance, single implants carry a different cost than full arch implants. Your specific tooth replacement needs determine your individual implant cost.
Patients who have experienced bone loss in the jaw from gum disease, chronic tooth loss, or other conditions often can still receive implants with a bone grafting technique. As experienced periodontists, Dr. Gouldin and Dr. Carlos are experts at rebuilding bone in the jaw and preparing the mouth for implant success.
With proper homecare and regular hygiene visits, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Normal wear and tear to the implant restoration may occur overtime, requiring replacement of your implant crown, bridge or denture.
Dental implants are cared for just like natural teeth. Daily, meticulous brushing and flossing along with routine cleanings and exams are all that is needed to properly care for your tooth replacements.
Renowned for excellence in implant surgery, Dr. Garrett Gouldin and Dr. Francisco Carlos proudly partner with your restoring dentist to deliver the highest quality results for your smile. Our high-tech practice integrates minimally invasive techniques for diagnostic planning and precision implant surgery. Once we place your implants and they are ready to be restored, your general dentist completes your implant procedure by attaching a lifelike crown, denture or full arch restoration. It is our privilege and honor to serve the Falls Church and Alexandria, VA, community and beyond with life-changing implant solutions.
I walked out with a nice-looking tooth and no pain
Steven’s process of getting dental implants