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Since the effects of tooth loss are profound, it is important to seek out replacement teeth by consulting with a dental professional.
Our practice offers custom full and partial dentures as well as implant supported dentures. When it comes to treating incomplete smiles, we do so with a compassionate and personalized approach.
Losing teeth has a domino effect on your oral health and ultimately, your general wellbeing. Odds are that if you have lost one tooth, you will lose more. This is because teeth support each other and when one tooth is missing other teeth are exposed to more force and pressure during oral function and are unsupported near empty tooth sockets. If oral disease is the reason for tooth loss, patients can lose several teeth – especially those who have advanced gum disease. Tooth loss and gum disease can cause bone deterioration, which can prematurely age a person.
Obviously, losing teeth greatly affects oral function. Pronouncing words clearly and eating comfortably is difficult with an incomplete smile. Some edentulous people end up suffering from malnutrition because their diets become so limited.
Lastly, going without replacement teeth can have profound effects on quality of life and mental health. Depression and social anxiety often accompany tooth loss.
All dentures from our practice are custom made in dental laboratories by very skilled technicians. Whether a denture is used to replace a full arch of missing teeth or just a few missing teeth, it is made specifically for the individual. It is very important that dentures are custom made so that a person can enjoy improved oral function, comfort, and a natural appearance. When making custom prosthetic teeth, the shape, size, and arch of the jaw is taken into account along with the size of a person’s mouth.
Our dentures are made from high-quality materials resulting in a very lifelike appearance. For instance, porcelain is used to mimic the color and texture of teeth while pink-colored acrylic is utilized to resemble the gums.
The two types of dentures are full dentures, which replace all the teeth in an arch, and partial dentures, which fill in the gaps of an incomplete smile without the need for permanent alterations to existing biological teeth. Full dentures rest on top of the gums and are supported by the curvature of the jawbone while partial dentures feature clasps that attach to the backs of biological teeth.
Those who want extra stability from their prosthetic teeth might benefit from implant supported dentures. This type of tooth replacement method involves embedding multiple dental implants throughout the jawbone to hold and secure a full set of teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts used to mimic the function of the roots of teeth.
If you have suffered with tooth loss, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our caring team. We understand that losing teeth is emotionally and physically difficult for our guests. At your appointment, we will help you navigate your treatment options as compassionately and helpfully as possible.
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Two convenient locations in Fairfax, VA and Washington, DC
All dental services are provided in-house
Dental implants are prosthetics that replace the root structure of a missing tooth. Made from the metal titanium, a dental implant resembles a small screw. Its ridged texture and titanium composition is ideal for osseointegration, which is the process where bone integrates around metal prosthetics. Osseointegration is what stabilizes implants so that they can support prosthetics like crowns and bridges. Proper stabilization also means that an implant is incredibly durable and will have a long lifespan.
Most people who are candidates for dental implants are healthy enough to undergo and heal from oral surgery. They should also have healthy gums and adequate bone density to support the dental implant. Some patients may require preliminary treatments such as periodontal therapy or bone grafts prior to dental implant placement. The only way to be certain if a patient is a candidate for implant dentistry is for our team to perform a comprehensive oral examination that includes diagnostic images to evaluate the health of the entire oral cavity’s tissues.
The price of dental implants varies based on a few factors such as if a patient requires preliminary treatments or if one needs multiple implants. We recommend discussing the price of implants with our knowledgeable staff since everyone’s situation is unique. Our practice accepts dental insurance and credit cards. We can also assist with financing through third-party lenders such as CareCredit.
Dental implants are placed in the jawbone through an outpatient, same-day surgical procedure. When placing dental implants, our periodontist takes precautionary measures to ensure that our guests have a comfortable and positive experience. Local anesthetics along with sedatives and other pain relieving medications might be used.
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