Dental implants have been around for quite some time, and they are gaining in popularity each year. Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team in Woodbridge, VA are excited to provide these restorations for patients considering tooth replacement options. Dental implants are one of the most desirable solutions and rightfully so—they have many advantages when compared to alternative tooth replacement options such as dentures and dental bridges.
What is a dental implant?
Dr. Joseph Cavallo describes the dental implant as an artificial tooth root. Just like the root of a tooth is held in the mouth by the bone of the jaw, the dental implant functions in exactly the same way. This small metal post, made of biocompatible titanium, is placed during oral surgery into the space left behind from the lost tooth. The bone of the jaw grows around the implant to give it the proper foundation through a process known as osseointegration. Once the dental implant is held in place with bone, it can then be restored with a dental restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture. This is what gives dental implants their versatility.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Maintain natural bone to avoid bone resorption
- Stimulate bone growth to hold them firmly in place
- Are often lifetime restorations that do not need to be replaced
- Last many years, often a lifetime, with proper care
- Provide a natural-looking solution for tooth loss
- Cost more than alternatives, but provide better value over the years
- Are strong and durable
- Are not removable, staying in place long-term
Am I a candidate?
The best candidate for dental implants is a patient free from periodontal disease and cavities with sufficient bone in place to ensure a successful implantation. Many patients will undergo x-rays to decide if the dental implant is right for them.
Ready to discuss the benefits of dental implants with your provider?
Dr. Joseph Cavallo and his team of professionals in Woodbridge, VA are here to help you address a wide range of dental concerns, including tooth loss. If you want to speak to him about dental implants, call (703) 490-5888 to request an appointment. His practice is conveniently located at 12502-A Lake Ridge Drive and is available for new and current patients of the community.