In the past, patients experiencing tooth loss didn’t have many choices available to them for restoring the function, beauty, and health of their smile. Dentures were the only option that a patient could choose, and these were often ill-fitting and unnatural in appearance. Fortunately, with continued advances in dentistry, patients in the area of McLean, VA have access to other options with Dr. Chong Lee and his team at Galleria Dental Aesthetics—including dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a tooth root replacement that functions and looks just like your natural teeth. The tooth root is replaced with a small titanium post that Dr. Chong Lee will insert into the bone of the jaw where a tooth once was. It stimulates the growth of bone around it during a process called osseointegration, which gives it a strong and durable foundation. Once the area has healed, the dental places an abutment and restoration based on the needs of the patient. This might be a dental crown, a dental bridge, or even a conservative denture.
Why do patients prefer dental implants over other tooth replacement solutions?
Dental implants are popular for a myriad of reasons. Over 3 million Americans currently have implants in place, and the number increases every year. Some of the benefits of dental implants include:
- Longevity. When patients take good care of their oral health and dental restorations, they can expect their dental implants to last a lifetime.
- Functionality. Implants allow patients to enjoy all their favorite foods without worrying about their dental restoration falling out or becoming uncomfortable.
- Successful. Patients who have dental implants placed will find that they have over a 98% success rate.
- Bone maintenance. When teeth are lost, many patients experience bone loss known as bone resorption. Dental implants actually help in maintaining the natural bone, eliminating the chances of changes to the jaw and mouth shape.
Restore your smile with dental implants
There’s a reason why dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option, and if you are considering them for your smile, it’s time to speak to a dentist! At Galleria Dental Aesthetics in McLean, VA, patients can consult with Dr. Chong Lee and find out more about this and other solutions readily available at his state-of-the-art dental practice. Call (703) 448-1020 to schedule an appointment at the office, located at 1600 Tysons Boulevard, Suite #120.