Tooth loss is incredibly common and can happen due to trauma, disease, decay, or simple dental neglect. Following the loss or extraction of a tooth, it is imperative to seek tooth replacement. Dental implants represent the standard of care, allowing you to regain the function and aesthetics of your smile. At Virginia Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery, we provide dental implants for patients throughout the Arlington, VA area.

Why are Dental Implants the Preferred Method of Tooth Replacement?

There are several reasons why dental implants represent the standard of care for tooth replacement.

  • Dental implants help preserve the natural jawbone
  • Unlike other methods, dental implants do not require healthy, adjacent teeth to be shaved down
  • Dental implants have by far the best long-term success rate of any tooth-replacement option
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime when properly cared for
  • They look and feel like natural teeth

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are several benefits that patients can anticipate from their dental implants.

Designed to Last a Lifetime

While dentures and other tooth-replacement methods require replacement every five to ten years, dental implants are made to last for the rest of your life. Scientific literature shows that dental implants have a long-term success rate of more than 95 percent.

Preserves Bone and Facial Structure

Without the stimulation of a tooth root, your jawbone will deteriorate over time. Over time, this can lead to unwelcome changes to the facial anatomy. Dental implants function as artificial roots, creating that stimulation and preventing unwanted facial changes.

A Healthier Smile

Some tooth replacement methods, including bridges and dentures, require healthy teeth to be shaved down or even extracted. Dental implants do not require any of the adjacent teeth to be damaged or altered in any way.

Natural Appearance

Dental implants are designed to replicate the appearance of your natural smile, providing a seamless restoration. Your dentist will ensure that the dental prostheses perfectly mirror the color and shape of your general teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Compare to Other Options?

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Are There Any Disadvantages with Dental Implants?

While dental implants represent the standard of care for tooth replacement, there are some potential drawbacks that patients should know about.

  • Dental implants require surgery, and thus a recovery period
  • Dental implants can take longer to complete than other tooth-replacement methods if pre-operative procedures are needed
  • Though they represent a sound long-term investment, implants can be costlier on the front end

How Will My Surgeon Determine Whether I am a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The best way to determine your candidacy for dental implants is to schedule an appointment at our Arlington, VA practice. Dr. Gocke will perform a physical evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jaw. You can also expect him to take medical images, such as X-rays, and ask some questions about your dental and medical history.

Dr. Gocke will evaluate your eligibility for a safe and successful dental implant procedure based on a number of factors:

  • The number of teeth that you have lost, or need to have extracted
  • The quality and quantity of bone tissue available in your jaw
  • Other procedures needed to ensure the best results, such as bone grafting

Based on these and other factors, Dr. Gocke will recommend a treatment plan that will result in long-term dental restoration.

How are Dental Implants Placed and Restored?

Once Dr. Gocke has developed a treatment plan, you will be ready to schedule your procedure. Note that, before you can have dental implants placed, you may need to have supportive procedures done, such as bone grafting or the extraction of unhealthy teeth.

Implant Placement

You will be placed under anesthesia for your procedure so that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. The dental implant is a tiny titanium screw, and it is securely placed into your jawbone, then left to heal. A single implant can take as little as 20 to 45 minutes to place.

Abutment Placement

It typically takes a few months for the implants to heal in place, ensuring a stable area to anchor your replacement teeth. At a follow-up appointment, you will have an abutment placed by Dr. Gocke. This is a connective piece, allowing the implant to be attached securely to the dental prosthesis.

Replacement Teeth

Following the placement of your abutment, you will see your regular dentist to have a custom replacement tooth anchored in place.

Why Choose Dr. Gocke?

Dr. Gocke is an experienced oral surgeon who has provided implants to thousands of patients in the Arlington, VA area. His practice is well-regarded for an emphasis on clinical precision as well as patient comfort and safety.

To schedule a consultation, contact Virginia Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery today at (703) 388-2805.