Leesburg Spa Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentist located in Ashburn, VA
When you are missing a tooth or teeth, you might feel self-conscious about your smile. Missing teeth can also affect your ability to talk or chew. At Leesburg Spa Dentistry, Dr. Saxena offers state-of-the-art dental implants to replace your missing teeth and create a natural-looking smile. If you live in or around Leesburg, Virginia, call or schedule a consultation online today to find out if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth or teeth with a titanium post that is implanted in your jaw that acts as a tooth root for a crown or other prosthetic dental device that replaces the visible part of your missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are available to replace single teeth, or you can fix dentures or dental bridges with implants. Dr. Saxena uses Zimmer dental implants that include tapered posts to fit securely in your jaw.
In addition to restoring your smile with natural-looking prosthetic teeth, dental implants also protect your overall oral health and the integrity of your jaw. The roots of your teeth stimulate bone growth in your jaw, and when you lose a tooth, your jaw may become weak. The titanium post of a dental implant encourages bone growth, just like a natural tooth does.
Dental implants also help keep your other teeth in their correct positions by stopping them from moving into the available space in your jaw.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Dr. Saxena offers comprehensive consultations and exams to identify the best dental treatments and devices to replace your missing teeth.
If you’re in good general health and have sufficient bone density and strength in your jaw, dental implants may be an excellent choice to replace your missing teeth. Dr. Saxena provides bone grafting treatments to build strength in your jaw when necessary.
How are dental implants installed?
Dr. Saxena installs dental implants in three stages.
- Implantation: During the first stage of getting dental implants, Dr. Saxena uses digital X-rays and a thorough exam to identify the precise placement for your implant posts. She then surgically places the posts in your jaw.
- Healing: The healing process can take several months. During this time, your dental posts bond with your jawbone in a process called osseointegration to form a secure foundation for your replacement teeth.
- Prosthesis fitting: Dr. Saxena’s final steps in placing your implants include taking digital images and impressions of your jaw which are used to custom make your crowns, bridge, or dentures that will be secured to the posts. When your prostheses are ready, you’ll have your final appointment for Dr. Saxena to attach them to your posts. She’ll check the fit and your bite, before polishing your false teeth until they shine.
Call or schedule an appointment online today to discover if dental implants are right for you.