Millions of people suffer from tooth loss caused by gum disease or tooth decay, which can cost them their smile and lower their self-confidence. Fortunately, Navdeep Aulakh, DDS, a skilled dentist at Friendly Smiles Dental Care in Burke, Virginia, catering to the surrounding areas of Lorton, Springfield, and Annandale, Virginia, as well, can help you regain a fully-functional and natural-looking smile with the use of dental implants. Call today or book your appointment online.
Dental implants are an excellent long-term option to restore your smile. They replace missing teeth with a porcelain one, which Dr. Aulakh makes to match your natural teeth.
Dental implants have many advantages, such as:
Anyone can improve their oral health with dental implants, because they not only give you your smile back, but they can also help you eat and speak better.
Dr. Aulakh uses local anesthesia around the treatment area to ensure your comfort. Following this, she makes a small incision in your gum pocket where your new tooth will be. She then inserts a titanium screw into the jawbone. This screw acts as an anchor for the replacement tooth.
She then stitches up the incision and the healing process begins -- not only for your gums but also for your jawbone.
It takes on average between 3-6 months for your gums to completely heal. Throughout this time, your jawbone begins to take shape around the screw, giving it its stable foundation. This has to happen before you move onto the next treatment phase.
Dr. Aulakh then places an abutment on the implant, which is going to act as the base of your new tooth. Lastly, your new custom-made porcelain tooth, called a crown, is fitted onto the abutment.
Although rare, there could be some side effects after the implant procedure. These can include pain when the anesthesia wears off, bruising, and swelling at the incision site, but these side effects should subside in the days following your treatment.
In order to make sure your dental implant lasts, Dr. Aulakh recommends you take care of it the same way you would with your real teeth. This means you should floss, brush, and go to regular dental checkups. Doing this consistently can help your implant last a lifetime, although 25-30 years can be the average.
If you want to replace one or more missing teeth, call Friendly Smiles Dental Care today or schedule an appointment online to talk with Dr. Aulakh about dental implants.