Dental Implants – Falls Church, VA
Experience a Lifelong Solution to Tooth Loss
In today’s world, there is no better solution for rebuilding strong, lifelike teeth than dental implants. Without a tooth root in place, patients can experience jawbone deterioration and reduced oral health over time. Dental implants prevent this unwanted effect, recreating a new “tooth” that is virtually indistinguishable in look, feel, and aesthetics from the one that came before.
At Purple Plum Dentistry, Dr. Kiani is proud to partner with her in-house periodontist for comprehensive dental implant treatment plans! If you’re in the greater Washington, D.C. area and would like to visit us for an implant consultation, please call today.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Unlike traditional tooth replacement services like dentures and bridges, dental implants replicate every part of the natural tooth, starting with the root that’s hidden well beneath the gum tissue. Without a functioning tooth root in place, jawbone deterioration is a very real possibility for patients as they age. The dental implant minimizes this risk and helps preserve oral health while providing an optimal, long-lasting foundation for the new, confident dental restoration.
- Dental implants have an average success rate of over 95%! They are designed to last for decades and, in many cases, for the rest of the patient’s life.
- Once securely in place and restored, implant-retained “teeth” are virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your natural smile in look, feel, and function. It’s very likely that you won’t even be able to point it out after some time has passed.
- Dental implants won’t require any surrounding natural teeth to be negatively altered or reduced to accommodate their placement.
Indications for Dental Implants
Whether you have a single gap in your smile or an entire arch of natural teeth have been lost, dental implants are a versatile and transformative solution that can suit most patients. Dr. Kiani will work with you closely to determine the ideal restoration for your unique needs. Keep reading below to learn more about your options:
Are You Missing a Single Tooth?
When rebuilding an individual tooth with a state-of-the-art dental implant, we will pair it with an all-ceramic dental crown. The crown will be painstakingly designed and customized so that it fits right in alongside the rest of your confident smile, and its conservative nature also won’t require any significant reduction of the natural dental structure. The final result is so seamless that it becomes easy to forget which “tooth” is supported by the dental implant!
Are You Missing Multiple Teeth?
Our recommendations for the restoration of multiple dental implants/missing teeth will depend on their location. For separated teeth, implant-retained crowns are likely still the optimal solution. However, lost teeth that once appeared in a row may be better suited to an implant-retained dental bridge. This type of prosthetic is anchored securely in place within your smile through the use of two dental implants, which are positioned in the jaw on either side of the gap. The final result feels sturdy, appears lifelike, and will help you regain your full biting function.
Are You Missing All of Your Teeth?
Even significant tooth loss can be overcome with state-of-the-art dental implants! Several options are available for patients in need:
- Implant-Retained Prosthetics – Full and partial dentures can be reliably anchored over just a few strategic dental implants for optimal, cost-effective coverage.
- All-On-4 –Like the name implies, All-On-4 dentures are able to replicate an entire arch of attractive, functional teeth with the support of just four placed implants.
- Miniature Dental Implants – If the patient does not have enough healthy jawbone to support the placement of traditional implants, “mini implants” are an excellent alternative that can successfully retain prosthetics in a healthy, lasting way.
With the help of our experienced in-house periodontist, Dr. Kiani is able to perform every stage of dental implant treatment – from initial consultation to surgical placement to the addition of a final, beautifully customized restoration – right here in-office. This means that patients save valuable time that would otherwise be spent traveling to separate practices and are able to remain with a team they already know and trust throughout the care process.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
Dental implants are an investment of time and money, but the lifelong benefits they will provide are well worth it. No two cases are alike, and there are several factors that can contribute to the overall cost, such as:
- How many teeth need to be rebuilt
- What types of restorations are chosen
- If abutments (connectors between the implants and restorations) are needed
- If bone grafting is needed to prepare the surgical site
- If periodontal therapy is needed to improve oral health
During an initial consultation, we will assess your personal circumstances and provide a projected estimate for dental implant treatment. Our goal is to help you feel 100% confident about every aspect of your chosen treatment plan!
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants
Because they essentially become the roots of your new teeth, dental implants have the potential to last for several decades. Many dental implant patients are even able to keep them for the rest of their lives! However, they’re only able to last that long if you take proper care of them. Fortunately, dental implant care in Falls Church is not that different from maintaining natural teeth. Here are some simple tips for making your dental implants last as long as possible.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
It’s true that dental implants cannot develop cavities, but your remaining natural teeth definitely can. Plus, your gums are susceptible to peri-implantitis, an infection that could cause your implants to fail. To prevent this, brush both your real and artificial teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. Adding an antibacterial mouthwash to your oral hygiene routine can also minimize the risk of dental health problems.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Again, just because dental implants in Falls Church are cavity-proof doesn’t mean that sugary snacks can’t do harm. Bacteria in your mouth break down sugars and starches that you eat. Then, they leave behind acidic waste that can erode tooth enamel (leading to cavities) and irritate gum tissue (leading to periodontal disease). Try to substitute some of your sugary and starchy snacks for mouth-healthy alternatives like fresh produce, leafy greens, and dairy products.
Break Bad Habits
Bad oral habits like smoking, nail-biting, chewing on ice, and using your teeth to open bottles or packaging can all be hard to quit. However, they can all too easily result in dental emergencies for both your implants and your natural teeth. Not only can these situations be incredibly painful, but they can cost a pretty penny to treat. Protect the investment you made in your smile by breaking habits that can damage your implants.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Do you like to play sports? Do you often wake up with a sore jaw from grinding your teeth at night? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you’d do well to ask our team about a customized mouthguard. These oral appliances fit comfortably over your teeth, shielding them from the potential damage of sports-related injuries and chronic teeth grinding.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Lastly, you’ll want to make sure you’re keeping up with your routine dental checkups and cleanings. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth left, these appointments are still important. They give your implant dentist in Falls Church an opportunity to check for signs of decay, gum disease, and problems with your implants. That way, we can treat these issues early on, potentially preventing dental implant failure or other oral health conditions.