You are faced with one or more extractions due to an oral injury, poor dental care, or congenital health conditions. You are concerned about how your smile will look and function as years go by. Well, you can rest assured that your restorative dental needs are in good hands with Dr. Tamer Wahab, dentist in Manassas. If he recommends dental implants to replace your failing or missing teeth, he will walk you through the treatment process step by step. His excellent qualifications as an implant dentist, his kind manner and ability to accomplish the entire treatment at Galleria Dental Arts will give you back a stable, attractive smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is today’s premiere tooth replacement option. Made of a titanium metal screw inserted right into the jaw bone, a metal alloy post and custom-fabricated porcelain crown, the dental implant is the most secure and realistic way to replace teeth lost to:
- Gum disease
- Oral injury
- Congenital absence
In addition, multiple dental implants in Manassas may anchor fixed bridgework and full or partial dentures for unparalleled stability, normalized biting and chewing, clear speech and youthful facial appearance.
Many teens and adults qualify for this premier tooth replacement option. A candidate must be in good oral and overall health. Also, he or she must possess adequate jaw bone density to receive the implant devices. Dr. Wahab performs a complete oral exam, including X-rays and other kinds of imaging, to determine if a patient can receive a dental implant.
The Dental Implant Process
To begin the process of placing a dental implant, the dentist numbs the area, incises the gums and creates a small hole in the jaw bone. Then, he inserts the implant screw and closes the gums with sutures. At this point, the patient returns home for a period of healing time–several weeks to months.
During healing, the dental implant device and the jaw bone meld together through an amazing natural process called osseointegration. The bone cells actually grow onto and around the implant, anchoring it in place. Osseointegration does not occur with any other dental restoration (traditional bridgework or partial dentures simply rest on the gums). During this time, the patient should not bite or chew on the implant.
Then, the patient returns to Galleria Dental Arts. Dr. Wahab re-opens the implant site and bonds a metal alloy post and porcelain crown in place. At this point, the dental implant is complete and ready to use.
In fact, when the patient bites and chews on the finished prosthetic, the implant and bone bond together even more closely. Essentially, the physical forces exerted when the patient eats exercise the bone, preserving its size and density.
In addition, Dr. Wahab may use multiple implants for patients who need bridges or partial or full dentures. Implants rarely fail or need replacement, and patients care for them just as they do their natural teeth with:
- A low-carb diet
- Adequate hydration
- Twice daily brushing with a soft brush
- Once a day flossing
- Six-month cleanings and check-ups at Galleria Dental Arts
Consider Dental Implants
They are a great way to replace injured or missing teeth. Find out more by
contacting Galleria Dental Arts today to arrange a one-on-one consultation.