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If you have lost teeth, you are not alone. By age 50, Americans have lost 12 teeth (including wisdom teeth) on average to decay, gum disease, or injuries, according to the CDC. Affordable dental implants can make your smile attractive once again and give your self-esteem a boost. Keep reading to learn more about getting dental implants in Manassas or call our office to schedule a consultation.
What Are Implants for Teeth?
Dental implants are replacements for missing teeth. The implant consists of three parts; the post that acts as a tooth root, the abutment on the end of the post and a crown that our dentist cements to the abutment. The implant stimulates the jawbone, which mimics the feel of a natural tooth when the post provides pressure stimulation. Chewing with an implant feels the same as chewing with a natural tooth, which is something no other tooth replacement option can offer. Endosteal implants, which are inserted into the jawbone, are the most common type of implants.
What Do Dental Implants Cost?
It’s natural to wonder about the dental implants cost. During your consultation, our dentist will go over the factors that will impact your cost, including materials used and whether you would need any procedures, such as an extraction or bone graft. Whether you need endosteal or subperiosteal implants also will affect your total cost.
Where Can I Find Dental Implants Insurance?
Dental implants insurance is rare; dental insurance companies generally cover the least expensive option only. We offer affordable dental implants and financing options so as many people as possible can afford dental implants in Manassas. While the dental implants cost is initially higher than other options, implants last far longer than a traditional bridge or partial denture, making them a better value.
What Should I Expect from the Dental Implants Procedure?
The dental implants procedure is usually a quick procedure. Our dentist will administer local anesthesia so you will not feel any pain and there is minimal bleeding. While having an implant surgically inserted into your jawbone sounds painful, the implant easily goes in the bone socket. You should only feel minor pain after the surgery, which is alleviated with OTC pain relievers. It can take several months for osseointegration, where the bone grows around the implant, to occur. Once healed, our dentist can place the crown.
Why Should I Consider Implants?
Dental implants have numerous benefits, including:
- A natural appearance that is indistinguishable from your other teeth
- Easy dental care compared to a traditional bridge
- Improved self-confidence
- An attractive smile
- No problems eating sticky foods, like taffy
Types of Implants
Single Implant – Single implants are a preferred solution for replacing one missing tooth. Unlike a tooth-supported bridge, implants don’t require a dentist to alter the adjacent teeth.
Mini Implants – Our dentist may use a mini implant in a narrow location or to anchor a lower jaw implant denture. The advantages of a less invasive mini implant include a lower cost and faster healing time.
Implant-Supported Bridge – A bridge supported by implants differs from a traditional bridge because the bridge does not rely on adjacent teeth for support. Over time, the strain of supporting a bridge can harm the adjoining teeth.
Is Caring for Dental Implants Difficult?
No, caring for your implants is as easy as caring for natural teeth. Routine dental exams and professional teeth cleaning are essential to keep your gums healthy. Gum disease can cause implant failure if it is not caught in time. Brush and floss as normal and follow our dentist’s instructions regarding using mouthwash or other oral health products.
How Do I Know If I Am a Good Candidate for the Dental Implants Procedure?
Only a qualified dental professional can determine if you are a good candidate for implants. If you can commit to practicing good oral health care habits, call our office to schedule an appointment with our implant dentist. He or she will perform an examination and take x-rays to determine your jawbone’s integrity. Even if your jaw can’t support an endosteal implant, our dentist will explain how a subperiosteal implant can make your dream of replacing your missing teeth a reality.
Do Teeth Implants Last a Long Time?
It’s natural to worry about how long your implants will last. If you practice good oral hygiene and get regular teeth cleanings and exams, your implant will last at least a decade. Implants can last a lifetime, depending on which teeth they replace. Call us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about these long-lasting teeth replacement options.