Dental Implants

Dental Implants Specialist
If you or someone you know has lost a tooth, a dental implant is a good solution to restore that smile. It’s important to replace missing teeth because losing one always causes bone loss, and that has serious consequences for your facial structure. Dr. Amirreza Rafaat, DDS, with Lansdowne and Herndon Smile Design in Northern Virginia, makes sure your implant procedure is seamless and produces a beautiful result. Call Dr. Rafaat’s office or schedule an appointment online to restore your smile.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants form the base for an artificial tooth; a crown covers the implant base so you have a natural looking new tooth. If you have lost a tooth from decay or injury, you’re a candidate for an implant. Implants provide support for replacement teeth and are a permanent part of your mouth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are today’s state-of-the-art tooth replacement method. Both patients and dentists prefer implants to dentures. Advantages include:

A permanent solution

Implants become part of your jawbone. They should last a lifetime, whereas dentures and bridges may need to be replaced or remade over time.

Bone loss prevention

Bone loss follows tooth loss. When even one tooth is lost, the gum beneath it begins to melt away. This makes your mouth and lips sink in, prematurely aging you and making you vulnerable to fractures.

Lifestyle benefits

Implants feel completely natural and allow you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. They never cause embarrassing slips like removable dentures can do.

Easy care

Implants are easy to care for; you simply brush and floss daily as you usually do. Implants never need a filling or a root canal, and you’ll never have to apply special adhesives or soak them at night like you would with dentures.  

What happens during the implant procedure?

Dr. Rafaat uses local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure.The implant is a small titanium post that goes into the bone where your old tooth sat. The implant itself rests beneath your gum line in the socket that the tooth. As your jaw heals, the post attaches to the bone.

With the addition of a small attachment to the post, Dr. Rafaat fashions a new crown that fits over the post. He matches the color of the crown to your other teeth. When the implant and crown are finished, your new tooth is a natural part of your mouth, indistinguishable from your other teeth. You can smile with confidence!

How do I take care of the implant?

Once the implant heals and your crown is in place, brushing and flossing daily, along with making regular dental appointments, will ensure your oral health.  

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