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If you’re missing teeth, no matter the cause or the number of teeth, then the dental implants procedure may be able to restore your beautiful smile as well as your good oral health. Read on to learn more about our affordable dental implants, how to get them, who’s a good candidate for them, and how to maintain them. Then, call our office to schedule your appointment for dental implants in McLean.
What’s Meant by Dental Implants?
An implant replaces a missing tooth, and you can have one implant or several. Each implant is comprised of three parts – the post, the abutment, and the crown. The post is a titanium screw that’s surgically implanted into the jawbone and is called an endosteal implant. The abutment is placed atop the endosteal implant after the site heals, and then the custom-made crown is screwed onto the post. If you lack enough jawbone for the post, then we can perform a bone graft, although this will add to the overall time needed for the procedure. If you’re not a good candidate for a bone graft, then we can use a subperiosteal implant, which sits between your gum and jawbone, but your dentist will determine whether a bone graft or a subperiosteal implant is better for you.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of your dental implants in McLean will be unique to you and will be determined by your individual needs. Factors that determine your ultimate dental implants cost include the type of procedure you need, the materials used, and any insurance coverage you have. Many people automatically assume that implants will be too expensive for them, but this is incorrect. We strive to provide affordable dental implants to our patients, and we’ll work with you to find a payment solution that works for your budget. We have many financing options, so call our McLean office for more information on our affordable implants.
Does My Insurance Provide Dental Implants Insurance?
The best source of information on your dental implants insurance benefits is your plan provider. However, we’ll work with you to maximize the benefits your plan provides, so call us to schedule a consultation, and we’ll do our best to provide you with implants that you can afford. Many of our patients tell us that even though dental implants cost more initially, over time they are more cost-effective than other tooth replacement options. With proper care and maintenance, implants may never need to be replaced. This isn’t the case with most other types of artificial teeth, so give us a call if you’d like more information.
What Are the Dental Implants Procedure Steps?
Your dental implants procedure may vary slightly due to your unique needs, but generally, you’ll have the following experience:
- During your initial consultation in our McLean office, your dentist will determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, and if so, which type you’ll need. Then we’ll proceed.
- We’ll prepare the site and then place the implant into your jawbone. This is a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia, so you should probably arrange for transportation home after the procedure is over.
- Over several months, your implant will become fused to your jawbone in a process called osseointegration.
- When your site has completely healed, you’ll return, and we’ll attach your abutment to the implant.
- Next, we’ll take measurements of your gum and abutment, and then we’ll order your crown.
- When your custom-fitted crown arrives, you’ll return to our office, and we’ll install your crown.
You should have minimal pain, and it should be alleviated by a local anesthetic and over-the-counter pain relievers.
Are There Benefits to Dental Implants?
Implants provide several benefits over other types of artificial teeth, but one of the most commonly mentioned is their appearance. We’ll match your implant to your surrounding teeth in size, shape, and color. It’s a permanent installation, so you don’t have to worry about it slipping or falling out. It will function like your natural teeth, and with proper care and maintenance, it should last for decades or the rest of your life.
Do Dental Implants Require Special Care?
Your implants require the same good oral hygiene practices that your natural teeth require. If you don’t take proper care of them, they’ll deteriorate the same way your natural teeth would. Implants need brushing at least twice daily. You should floss at least once daily, preferably before bedtime, and use an antibacterial mouthwash at least once each day. Call us to schedule checkups and cleanings; twice yearly is optimal, but at least annually. If you want more information or need to schedule an appointment, then call our McLean office, and we’ll be happy to help you.
Are Implants Suitable for Everyone?
Most people are good candidates for implants, but there are exceptions. You need to be in good overall health, and you should have good oral health. If you have decay or gum disease, that will need to be treated first. You’ll need to have sufficient jawbone to accommodate the implant, and you’ll need to be able to tolerate the anesthesia. If you don’t have sufficient bone your dentist may explore a subperiosteal implant. You may also be eligible for mini implants, single implants or implant-supported bridges. To learn more, call our McLean office.
Will My Implants Ever Need To Be Replaced?
As long as you exercise good oral hygiene and have good overall health, your implants should last for years, decades, or a lifetime. Many of our patients tell us that their implants were one of the best investments of their lifetime. If you’d like more information or to schedule an appointment, then call Silver Line Smiles of Tyson’s Corner at (571) 351-5626 and we can help you.