Learn About Dental Implants in Lorton & Springfield

With a success rate of about 95% and almost 50 years of supporting research, dental implants are an excellent option for patients looking to replace missing teeth. Lorton oral surgeon Dr. Snehal Patel of Lorton Springfield Dental Implants & Oral Surgery is a leader in helping patients regain their smiles and confidence through dental implants. 

What is an Implant?

A dental implant is a restoration designed to fill the gap caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Implants are made of three biocompatible components; a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw; the abutment that sits above the gum and attached the post to the crown; and the crown, which looks just like a natural tooth and covers the other parts of the implant. 

How Do Implants Work?

The process of receiving an implant is very simple. Following a detailed consultation with Dr. Patel at our Lorton or Springfield dental practice, patients have their mouths scanned using our advanced iTero scanner. This innovative tool allows us to strategize the best placement of your implants as well as identify any preliminary work that may need to be completed prior to placement to ensure success. 

Assuming no bone grafting is required, the placement procedure is simple. During placement, Dr. Patel surgically places the biocompatible implant post into the jaw. Through the process of osseointegration, the post then fuses with the jaw bone, creating a study support for the crown.

After initial recovery is completed, patients return to Dr. Patel’s office for abutment placement. This will create the attachment for the crown. Once the crown is places, patients are free to enjoy their new and complete smile

Why Would I Need an Implant?

If left untreated, missing teeth can cause a number of dental problems. Teeth shift to fill the gaps, changing your bite as well as jaw alignment. Additionally, missing teeth can cause the underlying jaw bone to weaken, causing bone loss and increasing the chances of additional tooth loss. If the tooth loss is due to gum or tooth infection, failing to treat the condition can lead to the disease spreading other parts of the mouth.

In comparison to other restoration options, dental implants are a long lasting investment. While fixed bridges or dentures can actually compromise your dentition, dental implants improve your oral health by actively stimulating the jaw bone and providing an anchor for the surrounding teeth. As they function just like normal teeth, dental implants allow patients to return to their normal routine while feeling comfortable and confident in their smile. Additionally, dental implants can be part of a larger restoration treatment plan. For patients requiring full arch restoration, Dr. Patel offers hybrid dental implants as a comprehensive restoration solution. 

How do I know if I’m a Candidate?

Before you undergo the implant placement procedure, Dr. Patel will meet with you to determine whether or not you are a good candidate. General, implants are successful in patients with:

  • Good general and oral health
  • Sufficient jaw bone density to support implant placement 

For patients with atrophied jaw bones, Dr. Patel can provide the preliminary bone grafts needed reinforce the dental implant.

Visit Us Today!

With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life. For more information about dental implants or to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Patel, call our office in Lorton, VA or Springfield, VA.