Centreville Dental Design
Jae M. Chong, DMD
General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Centreville, VA
If you’re missing one or more teeth, a dental implant is the optimal way to fill in the gaps and enhance your oral health. At Centreville Dental Design in Centreville, Virginia, Jae Chong, DMD, and his team use the Astra Tech Implant System® to fill in the missing gaps in your smile. The implant helps keep your surrounding teeth from shifting out of place and improves your facial appearance by preventing bone loss. To learn more about Astra implants, call the office today or schedule your appointment online.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the finest and most effective way to replace any missing teeth, due to their ability to function as your natural teeth and their long-lasting durability. They also don’t require the dentist to remove or prepare any adjacent teeth.
Centreville Dental Design offers state-of-the-art Astra Dental Implants, which include a custom abutment, a titanium rod, and a ceramic tooth, known as a crown. Dr. Chong implants the rod into your jawbone to act as your tooth’s root. The rod makes a stable foundation to support the crown.
While dental implant problems are very uncommon, they can occur. In the rare event this were to happen, Dr. Chong can restore your dental implant with no difficulties.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer the following benefits:
- Allow you to speak and chew properly
- Look and feel like your natural teeth
- Designed to last a lifetime
- Preserve your facial structure
- Permanent, so they won’t fall out
- Keep your surrounding teeth from shifting
- Restore your self-esteem
When you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins to deteriorate, causing your facial structure to change while your other teeth shift out of place. In addition, as your bone deteriorates, it may require a more complex implantation procedure. This is one of the main reasons Dr. Chong recommends that you not wait and visit Centreville Dental Design right away to assess your suitability for a dental implant.
What’s it like to get a dental implant?
The first step is to receive a comprehensive dental exam of your entire mouth, including a full set of dental X-rays, to ensure you have enough jawbone volume to support the implant. If you don’t have sufficient bone in your jaw, Dr. Chong may recommend a bone graft prior to getting the Astra Dental Implant.
If your consultation goes smoothly, Dr. Chong can begin the implant process. He provides a local anesthetic to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the surgery. Dr. Chong then makes a tiny incision in your gums, places the titanium rod into the bone socket of your missing tooth, and stitches up your gums.
It takes between two and four months for your implant and jawbone to fuse together. Once this happens, you return to Centreville Dental Design, where Dr. Chong exposes your implant and attaches a custom abutment. He then bonds the crown to the abutment marking the end of your dental implant surgery.
Dental implants help you avoid the many consequences that can be associated with missing teeth. Make sure to contact the dental team at Centreville Dental Design or book your appointment online.