How Do Dental Implants Work?

LVI-Trained Dentist Serving Oakton, Vienna, McLean and Nearby Northern Virginia

Dental implants are the longest lasting solution for replacing missing teeth. Because they are secured into your jawbone, dental implants offer structural support that other forms of tooth replacement simply cannot.

Due to this, implants offer several benefits over other forms of tooth replacement, including:

  • Implants support the structure of your jaw
  • Implants will not shift or fall out
  • Implants will not result in discomfort
  • 95 percent of all implants provide a permanent solution for missing teeth

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that your jawbone will accept as a natural tooth root. Dr. Michael Chung will carefully evaluate the quality and structure of your jaw to ensure you have sufficient bone density to support an implant. If you do not have enough bone in your jaw, Dr. Chung will discuss your option for bone grafting to provide a base for your implant.

To place an implant, a small hole will be placed in your jaw. Dr. Chung will insert the dental implant into this hole, and the healing process will begin. Your jaw will accept your implant in a process known as osseointegration, during which your implant becomes a permanent part of your jaw structure. Once healed, the implant will work in the same manner as your natural tooth root, preventing jaw shrinkage and providing a strong foundation for your false tooth.

What to Expect after Implant Surgery

The healing process for dental implants can take several months. Once fully healed, you will return to our office to have your procedure completed.

During this visit, a screw will be inserted into your implant, and a false tooth – precisely matched to your adjacent teeth – will be placed over the screw. The result is a functionally superior, aesthetically pleasing smile that can potentially last a lifetime.

You can view our Before-and-After Gallery to see the results of the dental implants provided by Dr. Chung.

If you live in or around Northern Virginia and are interested in learning more about how dental implants work, please contact Softouch Dental Care to schedule an initial consultation by calling 703-319-6990 today. We serve patients in Oakton, Fairfax, Vienna, Arlington, Tysons Corner, and Reston areas of Northern Virginia.