Dental Implant FAQ

At DC Smiles in Alexandria, VA and serving the Washington, DC area, our doctors are well-versed in placing dental implants with crowns and bridges. When you need a cosmetic dentist who skillfully places dental implants, please contact DC Smiles online or by telephone to schedule a consultation…

For more information about Dental Implant FAQ or to schedule, call our office in Alexandria, VA at Old Town Alexandria Office Phone Number703-299-4614

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Almost anyone with missing teeth who possesses good oral and overall health and adequate bone mass in the jaw is a candidate for dental implants. Controlled conditions such as type II diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer patients in remission can all qualify for dental implants. Many, many people have been told they do not have enough bone for implants by dentists and surgeons. Due to modern technologies, this is simply no longer true. Everyone is a candidate!

How successful are dental implants?

Clinical studies show that implants have a success rate of up to 98%. Our doctors utilize all of the major implant manufacturers including Biohorizons, Zimmer, Keystone, Adin, Astra Tech, and Straumann among others.

We generally prefer Astra Tech made by Astra of Sweden. We have obtained success rates in excess of 99% with this implant system. Good oral hygiene and regular preventive visits to DC Smiles helps ensure implant success. With proper care, your implants may last you a lifetime.

Will I feel pain?

Anesthesia and sedatives eliminate virtually all discomfort during the dental implant procedure. Prescribed medications can alleviate pain following the surgery. Most patients say the discomfort is less than that of having a tooth extracted.

How long does it take?

The entire dental implant process can take from one visit with Teeth In-A-Day to several months. It depends on how quickly your bone integrates with the titanium implant post, the quality (density) of your bone, and the type of procedure you choose.

If you’re uncertain that you are a candidate for implants due to bone loss, we have news for you! Our skilled application of a revolutionary bone morphogenetic protein (BMP2 by Medtronic) could be your answer. An alternative to traditional bone grafting, this FDA-approved material can be used for certain oral surgery procedures.  Our team can answer your questions and help determine whether this is right for you.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

  • Dental Implants vs BridgesReduced bone loss as your body renews bone naturally, including the bone around the root of a tooth, more bone loss does not occur. Implants have shown to stop bone loss.
  • Improved function dental implants function just like natural teeth once they are fully integrated into the jawbone.
  • Optimal aesthetics a dental implant is virtually undetectable when compared to your natural teeth, unlike dentures and bridges.