Replacing a missing tooth is essential to your oral health, as well as your overall wellbeing. It will not only restore your confidence to smile, but it will also allow you to eat and speak with ease.
A dental implant is fabricated from titanium, which adheres to our bone very tightly and acts as the root of a tooth. So, when a person is missing a tooth, a dental implant is placed into the missing space. It is then restored with a crown or implant-supported denture.
The Advantages of Implants
Dental implants are considered as revolutionary in dentistry. Before dental implants, a bridge or a denture was the only option to fill the spaces left by missing teeth.
Bridges: The advantage of a dental implant over a bridge is that healthy adjacent teeth do not have to be trimmed or cut down. Thus, it preserves and prolongs the health of the adjacent teeth.
Dentures: The advantage of implant dentures over a traditional denture is that it stabilizes and strengthens, thus allowing a normal chewing. A denture by itself often gets loose and moves around, especially upon chewing. In contrast, an implant denture is very stable and functions like natural teeth. A person can bite into an apple, whereas that is not possible with a denture!
Dental Implants at Braddock Family Dental
Dr. Cho places and restores dental implants from the comfort and convenience of our Fairfax dental office. After he places the dental implant into the bone, it usually takes three to four months for the bone to fuse to the implant (osseointegration). Then, an abutment and crown goes onto the implant, completing the “tooth” for the missing space.
With the advancement in materials and 3D CT technology, implants at Braddock Family Dental are placed and completed with much ease and predictability. This gives a very high longevity and success rate.
Caring for Your Implant
A dental implant functions and looks like a natural tooth, and needs to be cared for like the remainder of your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing around and in between is recommended. It is also very important to visit Braddock Family Dental for cleanings and exams every six months.
Why choose Dr. Cho for your dental implant?
· Experience: Dr. Cho is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, which is a special recognition of experience and skills in implants.
· Predictability: An implant must be placed at the ideal position for the final crown. If an implant is placed in the “wrong” position by others, it is very difficult to put a crown. This definitely decreases the longevity and success rate! Since we place AND restore implants, the results are more predictable.
· Convenience: Being able to offer the complete treatment, from placing an implant to restoring a crown, a patient can greatly enjoy the simplicity and convenience, and more affordable price!
· Five-Year Warranty: The trust factor is most patients’ biggest fear in getting an implant. At Braddock Family Dental, we place AND restore, thus we take on the responsibility for five years.
The only thing we ask is that patients come in every six months for regular checkups and cleanings.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease. If you would like to learn more about your dental implant options, please contact our Fairfax dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cho.