Unlike any other tooth replacement, a dental implant replaces the entire missing tooth, both the tooth root and the upper, visible portion. Although dental implants are not the right option for everyone, many people are good candidates for the tooth replacement and choose them for their many benefits. Our experienced implant dentist near Fairfax, Dr. Pamela Marzban, can assess your missing teeth and oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for our tooth replacement services.
Why choose a Dental Implant?
For good candidates, implant dentistry offers many advantages. A dental implant:
- Looks like a real, natural tooth
- Has a stable, durable foundation
- Is non-removable and will remain securely in place
- Lasts many years, possibly a lifetime
- Promotes strong, healthy bone beneath your teeth
- Prevents other teeth from shifting and tilting into the space of the missing tooth
- Replaces a missing tooth without using surrounding teeth for support
- Requires only the same dental care as your other teeth
If you are looking for a natural-looking tooth replacement, dental implants are your best option. Not only is the dental crown an exact match, your gums will grow up around the implant just like a natural tooth.
The durable foundation of dental implants means you can keep eating all your favorite foods. Enjoy steak, corn on the cob, whole apples and more!
Because dental implants are securely bonded to your bone, they can last a long time. Studies have shown that dental implants easily last 30 years or more. Although they aren’t scientific reports, there are anecdotal accounts of people with implants for 50 years!
When you lose a tooth, the missing tooth root – the portion below your gums – can have negative consequences for your oral health. The bone in that area can deteriorate over time, causing a shrunken, collapsed jaw appearance. A dental implant is the only kind of tooth replacement that can prevent this from happening by replacing the tooth root. This feature is one of the most advantageous aspects of the dental implant process.
Dental implants hold their space like natural teeth, so your other teeth won’t shift. And while bridges and dentures rely on other teeth for support, dental implants support themselves. That means they won’t put other teeth at risk.
Caring for dental implants is easy, too. Just brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly.
Deciding if the Benefits of Dental Implants are right for You
There are several different tooth replacement options. Although you may not be a candidate for all of them, many people are and then must choose which option best meets their goals, expectations and budget.
Our implant dentist strongly believes in patient education and helping you choose treatments confidently, armed with the right information. Dental implants may be one of the best treatments for you if you:
- Are missing one or more teeth
- Want the most long-term way to replace your teeth
- Are interested in an alternative to a dental bridge or dentures
Although dental implants have certain advantages, there is no way to know whether they will be beneficial to you without visiting Dr. Marzban for an exam and consultation.
On the other hand, dental implants may not be best if you:
- Are a smoker
- Have gum disease
- Don’t have bone to support implants
Often, we can work around these limitations, but it may require additional procedures and/or changes to habits and oral hygiene practices.
To learn more about our experienced dentist near Fairfax and to schedule a consultation to learn if dental implants are an option for you, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban, DDS.