Is tooth loss threatening your smile? Whether you have upcoming extractions or already have smile gaps, McClean Dental Care can help you with dental implants. Placed by Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff or Dr. Samuel Cappiello, dental implants have preserved the smiles of many patients in the McLean, VA, area. They may be your best tooth-replacement option, too.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium metal screw which, when inserted into the jaw, serves as an artificial tooth root. Single-tooth implants receive posts and crowns after they have integrated with their supporting bone. This natural process is called osseointegration, and it makes these artificial roots exceptionally strong and stable.
People who have lost multiple teeth
If qualified, these patients can receive multiple implants from Dr. Gyllenhoff or Dr. Cappiello right in their McLean, VA, office. Implant-supported dentures may be fitted on either the top or bottom arch. They provide excellent biting and chewing power, superior stability, realistic personal appearance, and excellent support for remaining natural teeth.
The simple treatment and its bone-building power
To qualify for any number of dental implants, you'll undergo a complete oral exam, including a special X-ray that focuses on your bone structure. You must have a strong jaw bone to receive dental implants. Additionally, your oral and systemic health should be good.
Then, your implant procedure happens at McLean Dental Care. You'll receive local anesthesia, and after incising the gums, your dentist inserts the implant screw. A few sutures close the site, and you return home to heal. Osseointegration takes several weeks, but once complete, you're assured of a good foundation for the alloy post and porcelain crown.
Caring for dental implants
Here are some tips on routine care:
- Brush twice a day. A soft nylon toothbrush is best.
- Floss daily according to your hygienist's instructions.
- See your dentist twice a year for a check-up and cleaning.
- Stop smoking to avoid infection at the implant site and possible failure. The American Academy of Periodontology calls this condition of the hard and soft tissues peri-implantitis.
- Do not clench or grind your teeth. Ask your dentist about a nocturnal bite guard.
Come see us for a consultation
At McLean Dental Care, we know that tooth loss sometimes happens. That's why Dr. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Dr. Samuel Cappiello offer state of the art dental implants. To learn more about them, phone our McLean, VA, office at (703) 734-0100.