Are you missing a tooth? Do you dread the conversation with your dentist about replacing it with dentures? If you think that dentures are the only way to repair the smile after tooth loss, think again! Dr. Chong Lee and his team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics may suggest another option that can help you smile with confidence: dental implants.
Understanding dental implants
Many patients have questions about dental implants. What are they and how do they work? Most individuals who take the time to learn about these restorations may find them to be the best solution for their unique needs. Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into the bone of the jaw. They stimulate the bone to grow around it, fusing it in place for a lifetime of beautiful smiles! The portion of the implant that rests above the gumline is known as the abutment, and can be topped with anything from a dental crown to replace a single tooth or a full denture to replace all the teeth.
How long does a dental implant last?
It is vital that patients with dental implants visit their dentist every six months for an evaluation and cleaning at Galleria Dental Aesthetics. This is not only a good practice for all patients, but especially important for individuals with dental implants. The bone of the jaw and the smile’s health needs to be evaluated regularly to ensure that the implant lasts as long as possible. With proper care and maintenance, most of our patients will enjoy the implant for the rest of their lives!
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The best candidates for these restorations are those with sufficient bone available to ensure successful placement. During an evaluation, Dr. Chong Lee and his team can take x-rays to evaluate the patient’s smile beyond what they eye can see. This also helps in planning the placement of the implant. We encourage patients to call (703) 448-1020 to request an appointment at our facility to discuss their needs and find out if they are appropriate for implants. Our facility is located in McLean, VA at 1600 Tysons Boulevard in Suite #120 and accepts new patients.