If you have one or more missing teeth, you are probably all too aware of the effect it has on your appearance. It can also impair your speaking voice and chewing abilities. Don’t worry; there is a solution! Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Sterling, Virginia offers dental implants. Here are some FAQs about dental implants:
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an apparatus made up of a titanium screw and an artificial tooth called a crown. An implant is very sturdy and usually lasts several years in your mouth. It’s the perfect substitute for both your tooth roots and your natural tooth. There are several versions of dental implants, including bridges, crowns, and bridges. This invention is perhaps the largest advance in dentistry in the past 40 years.
What is the surgery like?
Depending on your needs, you might have just one surgery, or it may need to be divided into two parts. In the first phase, Dr. Alfred Haeberer will surgically implant the titanium screw into your jawbone. Depending on the specifics of your situation, he may be able to install the implant at the same time.
Why would you need to wait? The word is osseointegration. That means that the bone in your mouth needs time to adapt to the titanium screw and tighten around it. We might be able to attach a temporary crown to the post to help with daily activities while you heal. When the tooth area is ready, Dr. Alfred Haeberer will install your custom-made implant onto the post into your mouth.
Would you like more information? Give us a call at 703-433-2155.