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Woodbridge, VA Dental Implants at Dr. Steven Strickland DDS

At Steven D. Strickland, DDS, we offer Woodbridge dental implants to our community. There are many benefits to choosing dental implants over other traditional restorations such as dentures. Dental implants provide stable support for replacement teeth and help to prevent bone loss. With traditional treatment methods, healthy neighboring teeth are ground down so they may support either a crown or a bridge. Because the tooth root is not replaced, the surrounding bone may deteriorate. Dental implants fill this void and keep your natural teeth from shifting.

Dental implants also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

With implant treatment, the dental implant replaces the lost tooth root and provides a stable foundation for the dental restoration, thus eliminating the need to grind down healthy neighboring teeth. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by your Woodbridge dental implant dentist.  The teeth attached to the implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
  • Restore a patient’s confident smile.
  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Restore or enhance facial tissues.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

What does getting dental implants involve?

The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.

X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.  While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months.  Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.  With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.

After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor.  Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete.  After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed.  Proper oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dental implants.

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