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Dental Implants – Leesburg, VA

Permanent Tooth Replacement

Out of all the options to restore missing teeth, dental implants are by far the most advanced. Unlike traditional bridges and dentures, tooth replacement with dental implants in Leesburg, VA start by replacing a missing tooth’s root. Like natural roots, the implant post stimulates the jawbone’s growth until it surrounds the post, holding it firmly in place. Then, any kind of restoration, including a crown, bridge, or denture, is attached to the post, fully restoring the tooth’s beauty, strength, and health.

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Why Choose Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg for Dental Implants?

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Because of this revolutionary way of replacing teeth, implant prosthetics offer many benefits that other options can’t. For instance, with dental implants, the jawbone remains stimulated, allowing you to keep your youthful facial shape while your remaining teeth are firmly supported. You’ll also find that by choosing this superior method of tooth replacement, you’ll enjoy a better quality of life – one that allows you to embrace new opportunities, spend time with those you love, and maybe even obtain the confidence to make transformational changes in your life. As a recipient, you can expect other benefits of dental implants in Leesburg to include:

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Lifestyle Benefits

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  • Your self-confidence will dramatically increase because your smile will once again be complete.
  • You’ll be able to drink your favorite hot beverages (i.e., coffee, tea) and worry less about damaging your prosthetics (unlike dentures that can become easily warped).
  • With dental implants, there is no need to worry about what foods you can and can’t eat. These prosthetics offer a greater bite force and chewing power, making it easy to consume harder, denser food options.
  • Your dental implants will never slip or fall out, unlike dentures. Their surgical placement in your jaw creates a more stable and durable foundation that acts just like regular teeth.

Health Benefits

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  • Dental implants in Leesburg do not irritate the soft tissues like fixed bridges or dentures. Instead, they mimic the natural tooth structure, allowing them to fit comfortably within the socket, not impacting nearby healthy teeth.
  • Your implants will stimulate the alveolar bone and jawbone, allowing you to embrace a more youthful appearance and avoid a potential facial collapse that is often caused by jawbone deterioration. Denture-wearers and those with fixed bridges may still be susceptible to this common problem.
  • By replacing your missing teeth, you’ll increase your chances for a longer lifespan simply because you’ll minimize common overall health problems that are tired to tooth loss (i.e., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc.).
  • Cleaning and maintaining your dental implants is far easier than if you were to opt for dentures or a fixed bridge. The reason is that your implants work just like regular teeth, so you do not need to remove them to ensure a proper clean.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • After 10 years, the success rate for your dental implants remains between 90-95%.
  • You’ll enjoy a smile that is designed to last a lifetime as long as you commit to properly caring for and maintaining your new and existing teeth and gums.
  • You’ll enjoy a success rate of 98% when seeing a trusted implant dentist in Leesburg.
  • With dental implants, you’ll not only save time but also money. How? You’ll never need denture adhesives, complex cleaning solutions, or appointments designed for relining and replacing prosthetics.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

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If you’re considering dental implants, you’re probably wondering about the process, treatment time, and how they work in general. Although it takes time (months or even a year for some individuals), each step must be properly completed to ensure the dental implants remain fully in place for as long as possible. Dr. Jennifer Pham wants all her patients to have the information they need to make a confident decision. That’s why she’s outlined how dental implants work in Leesburg from start to finish. With millions of people enjoying the advantages that only dental implants can provide, the process may seem lengthy, but once you see your final results, you will discover it is well worth the investment in time and money. Read on to learn more about this tooth replacement and the surgical process it requires.

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Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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During your initial consultation, Dr. Pham will examine your smile, the number of teeth you’re missing, and the strength of your jawbone. Patients with weaker jaws, gum disease, or tooth decay will need preliminary treatment before getting implants. This can include bone grafting, periodontal therapy, or tooth extraction. Although these procedures will add to your overall timeline, they are necessary to create a stable and healthy environment for your future dental implants. It’s also important to maintain a good oral healthcare routine and avoid tobacco use. Once she decides that dental implants in Leesburg are right for you, we will schedule your surgery.

Dental Implant Surgery

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When arriving for your surgery, we will ensure that you’re numb and comfortable by administered local anesthesia. If necessary, we also offer sedation options to give our patients a greater sense of relaxation. Then, we will create small incisions in the gum line to access the jawbone. After drilling small holes in the jaw, your implant dentist in Leesburg will place your dental implants. The number of surgical appointments it takes for placement will depend on how many implants you need. While this procedure may seem painful, patients who have implants relate the surgery to a simple tooth extraction. Then, you will begin your recovery.

Dental Implant Osseointegration/ Abutment

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Osseointegration is a process that allows dental implants to become permanent parts of your body. Titanium is a biocompatible material that fuses to the jawbone to create strong support. After at least 3 to 4 months of healing, we will be able to take the next step in your treatment by placing metal abutments. This is a connector appliance that makes it possible for us to mount your custom-made restorations.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

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Once your implants have fully healed, and we’ve attached your abutments, all that’s left is to place your restorations. Our crowns, bridges, and dentures are custom-made—we take images and impressions of your smile once the implants are placed and use them to create your restorations. You’ll come into our office for your final appointment, where Dr. Pham will ensure that you’re happy with your restorations before placing them. Lastly, you can walk out of our office with a beautiful, strong, functional, and healthy set of teeth!

Indications for Dental Implants

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After the post has been placed and the jawbone has encompassed it, dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. No matter your tooth loss situation, dental implants can help you regain your smile’s former glory by keeping your restorations firmly grounded.

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Missing One Tooth

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For a single tooth, your dentist will insert one dental implant into the socket and jawbone. After a few months when it is fully healed, a high-quality dental crown will be placed on top. The artificial tooth will look and function just like a natural tooth so well that you may even forget which tooth is the prosthetic one.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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To replace two or more lost teeth in a row, a bridge can be anchored to two dental implants instead of healthy teeth, which allows you to preserve and retain the natural teeth you have left for much longer. If your missing teeth are spread throughout your mouth, a couple of implants can hold onto a partial denture for more security.

Missing All of Your Teeth

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Even if you have suffered total tooth loss, dental implants can still provide a strong smile. Using only four to six strategically placed implants, your dentist can provide a solid foundation for a full denture. By attaching your prosthetic to implants, you won’t have to experience the embarrassment of a slipping denture when you eat or speak.

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Mini Dental Implants

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At Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg, we do everything we can to ensure that your dental implants are successful. In some cases, the location or density of the jawbone may make traditional dental implants unviable. That’s why our dentists utilize mini dental implants, which can provide more security for replacement teeth in these tricky situations.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

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With this innovative treatment, your dentist can place just four dental implants and then attach a full denture to them all on the same day! This method allows you to immediately enjoy the benefits of dental implants with basically no down time.

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Start to Finish Convenience

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At other dental offices in the area, the dentist would need to refer you to a specialist’s office to get implants, costing you more money, time, and effort to rebuild your smile. Here at Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg, we don’t have to send you somewhere else to get the treatment you need. Our dentists have the training and experience to handle the entire process right here at our conveniently located dental office.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Because dental implants are a customizable solution, the cost of treatment is going to be different for each patient. When considering the estimated cost of dental implants and comparing it to other treatments, remember that implants offer many benefits that other restorations simply can’t match, and their longer lifespan means you won’t have to pay for replacements nearly as often if at all. Below are various factors that can affect the final cost, which we’ll discuss during your consultation.

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Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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First of all, you need to consider preliminary treatments that may or may not be necessary based on your circumstances. For example, some patients need to have teeth extracted before receiving their implants, and the extraction will come with its own cost; if the teeth in question are already gone, then you don’t have to worry about this procedure.

Once the preliminary treatments are taken care of, implant placement surgery will be performed. The procedure itself will incur its own costs, but it should be noted that you’re saving time and money by having the entire implant process completed at Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg instead of having to visit a separate specialist.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

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Each part of the dental implant – the post, the abutment, and the restoration – has its own cost that needs to be calculated separately based on the materials used and the manufacturer in question. Also, it goes without saying that the number of implants used will affect the cost as well; with that in mind, we’ll always aim for solutions that will allow you to replace as many teeth as possible while using a minimal number of implant posts.

Final Dental Implant Restoration

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There are a few different types of dental implant restorations:

  • Crowns placed on single implants to replace one tooth at a time.
  • Bridges that use two implants for support in order to replace three or four teeth in a row.
  • Partial dentures that use a strategic number of implants for support.
  • Full dentures anchored to four to eight implant posts to replace an entire row of teeth.

Each restoration will have its own price that will be factored into the overall cost of dental implants.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Many dental insurance plans do not cover implant surgery, but they will often help pay for certain related treatments, such as the final restoration or certain preliminary treatments such as periodontal therapy. Give us a call with your policy information so that we can discuss the discounts that you are eligible for. Remember, our practice is in-network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Delta Dental, and MetLife; however, out-of-network plans are still welcome here.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

You shouldn’t have to pass up the best option for restoring your oral health due to affordability issues. We can discuss your options for cutting down out-of-pocket costs at Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg so that you can save as much money as possible on your new teeth. For uninsured patients, we offer a Wellness Plan that lets you enjoy discounts on a variety of treatments, including 20% off for implant services.

Dental Implant FAQs

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At Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg, we often recommend dental implants after tooth loss because we know they’re the next best thing to natural teeth. But we also understand that you may want more information before you make a decision! Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common FAQs we hear. But get in touch with us anytime if there’s anything else you’d like to know. Our team has the advanced training, technology, and experience to both place and restore dental implants in Leesburg, and we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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What Happens If I Wait To Get Dental Implants?

Waiting to get a dental implant after tooth loss doesn’t necessarily “disqualify” you from getting one later on. However, the jawbone that once surrounded the tooth root begins to deteriorate when a tooth is lost. Since healthy jawbone is necessary to support an implant, you may need a bone graft to strengthen the jaw beforehand and prepare it for implant surgery.

Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?

It’s understandable to assume that getting dental implants is painful. But you’ll be relieved to know that it’s much easier than people think! In fact, it’s commonly compared to having a tooth extracted. The first thing we’ll do is make sure you're completely numb, and we also offer sedation dentistry to help even fearful or anxious patients feel comfortable. 

What Can I Expect From the Recovery Process After Getting Dental Implants?

Having dental implants placed in the jaw is considered a minor surgery. Although you’ll have mild to moderate swelling and tenderness for several days to a week, it’s typically well taken care of with over-the-counter pain medication. We also recommend that our patients take 1-2 days off work to rest, and some people schedule on a Thursday or Friday to minimize time off work and recover over the weekend.

Do Dental Implants Ever Fail?

Dental implants in non-smokers have a 95% success rate, so failure is somewhat rare. And, with basic maintenance, your implants can last a lifetime. To make your chance of success even higher, use the following tips to care for them properly:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene – The cleaner you can keep the gum tissue around your implant, the better you can prevent inflammation or infection. Be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss once. You may also consider an electric toothbrush and oral irrigator to flush plaque away from hard-to-reach areas.
  • Quit smoking – The long-term success rate in smokers is only 85%, so it’s well worth it to quit.
  • If needed, wear a nightguard – Clenching and grinding put a lot of chronic pressure and force on both natural teeth and dental implants, potentially causing them to become loose over time. A custom-made nightguard will prevent this.
  • Schedule regular checkups – Make sure to see us for regular checkups so we can monitor your dental implants and catch any problems early on.
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