Dental Implants – Stephens City, VA
A State-of-the-Art Solution for Missing Teeth
Your teeth are actually composed of two main parts: the crown, which you can see, and the root, which you can’t because it’s hidden underneath the gums. Traditional tooth replacements, like dentures and dental bridges, only bring back the crown. Dental implants distinguish themselves by restoring the root as well. The end result is that the new tooth both looks natural and is extremely stable, which is why Dr. Thomas A. Gromling recommends them so often. If you’re ready to stop dealing with your missing teeth and simply have a smile you can rely on, dental implants in Stephens City are the answer. Call us today to schedule your consultation!
Why Choose Thomas A. Gromling, DDS for Dental Implants?
- Partners with Trusted Dental Implant Specialists
- Dentist with Nearly 40 Years of Experience
- Fair Prices with No Hidden Fees
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in your jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. Titanium is a biocompatible material, so the implant encourages the jawbone to grow around it in a process called osseointegration. Once the implant is firmly in place, a metal abutment is installed on top of it, which allows us to anchor a custom dental crown, bridge, or denture (depending on the number of teeth you’re missing). When all is said and done, you can expect dental implants to look and feel just like the teeth you lost. Whether you’re eating your favorite foods, showing off your pearly whites, or practicing oral hygiene, it will be almost impossible to distinguish your implants from your real teeth!
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process takes place over several months and multiple appointments, which some patients aren’t aware of when they schedule their initial consultation. Dr. Gromling works with a highly skilled and experienced team to make the procedure as quick and stress-free as possible, allowing patients to enjoy their newly restored smile sooner. Get ready to experience exceptional, long-lasting tooth replacement results that will improve your quality of life. Although it’s an investment in your time, you’ll learn that the outcome is well worth it.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
The first, and one of the most important steps on your journey towards getting a revitalized and fully-functioning set of pearly whites, is your initial consultation. This visit creates the foundation for the rest of the process. During your appointment, Dr. Gromling, your implant dentist, will inspect your oral health and take several digital X-rays and images of your facial structure. Using the information he collects during this visit, he’ll create a detailed timeline of your procedure and determine the following:
- What type of restoration is needed.
- The cost of the procedure.
- How many implants need to be placed.
- Whether any preparatory procedures are required.
Dental Implant Surgery
Once you’ve had any necessary treatments, such as bone grafts, tooth extractions, or gum disease therapy, we can schedule your dental implant surgery. Dr. Gromling partners with some of the best oral surgeons and periodontists in his area. They have placed thousands of dental implants, so patients are sure to feel safe under their care.
The length of the procedure will depend on several factors, including where your implants need to be placed and how many you need. Our oral surgeons will create a small incision in the gums to place the implant underneath, acting as a replacement for the root of your missing tooth. They’ll then place caps over them for protection while you begin your healing process.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
After your surgery, you’ll undergo a healing process that takes several months. This is imperative to the success of your restorations and allows time for the implants to fuse with your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Depending on your health and how extensive your surgery was, it may take between three and six months for everything to fully bond and heal.
We’ll then call you back in to place the abutments, which are small metal connector pieces that will securely connect your restorations to the titanium posts. To make sure your restorations are crafted to look natural and comfortably fit in your mouth, we’ll take impressions to send off to our dental laboratory to create your bridge, crown, or denture.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
When we receive your individualized replacement tooth or teeth that are made to our specifications, we’ll call you in for your final appointment. We’ll start off by removing your temporary restoration so we can attach your permanent ones. Once we’re through, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful, refreshed smile that’s fully functioning, allowing you to eat and speak with ease and confidence.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Every house needs a firm foundation, and every tooth needs a strong root to ensure that it stays in place within the mouth. Dental implants are the only treatment that replaces both the root and the crown of a tooth, which is why they are much more reliable than traditional dentures and bridges. A small titanium post serves as the new root, and this is usually topped with a 100% porcelain crown. Because implants sit within the jawbone just like natural teeth, they look just like natural teeth as well, meaning they can improve the look and function of the smile at the same time.
Implants are also the only treatment that can stop bone loss after tooth loss, as the new root actually stimulates the jawbone and encourages it to continually renew itself. This helps maintain the strength of the bite as well as the overall shape of the face. Plus, with standard oral hygiene, an implant can easily last for 30 years or more, which is multiple times longer than other traditional options.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants are versatile enough to help patients dealing with varying degrees of tooth loss. Dr. Gromling can help you choose which of the following restorative options is best for you:
Missing One Tooth
Instead of filing down two healthy teeth to support a bridge, a single implant can be placed directly into the jawbone and topped with a dental crown, leaving the rest of a patient’s natural smile untouched.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If a patient is missing more than one tooth in a row, just two implants can be used to hold a dental bridge in place. Two posts are positioned on either side of the gap in someone’s smile, and these are used to support dental crowns that are bonded to additional prosthetic teeth.
Missing All Teeth
A full denture can be secured directly to the jawbone using just four to six implants, giving it a security and stability that you simply won’t experience with a regular removable denture. Implant dentures also restore much more of a patient’s bite strength, helping them enjoy a more varied diet.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of your implant procedure will be determined by a number of factors, including:
- How many implant posts will be used
- What kind of restoration you are receiving
- Where the implants will be located in the mouth
- If any preparatory procedures are needed (such as tooth extractions or a bone graft)
- If any sedation or additional X-rays are used
Dr. Gromling will go over everything at a consultation appointment, so you’ll know exactly what to expect. Dental implants should be considered a long-term investment in your dental health, because while they might be more expensive than traditional restorations, they last much, much longer (as in multiple decades longer). In general, dental implant patients usually end up spending much less on their teeth overall because they don’t require the maintenance or retreatment needed with other options.
Types of Dental Implants
There isn’t a set price for dental implants because the cost is determined by your individual treatment plan, such as the number of teeth you’re replacing. The more teeth you’ve lost, the more posts and abutments you’ll need. If you’re missing several teeth, it’s more cost-effective to choose an implant bridge or denture than to treat each tooth individually.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
Your treatment will consist of multiple steps, each of which has separate costs. This can make it easier to pay for your new smile because you won’t need to cover the entire amount upfront. Although every plan differs, here’s what you can expect to pay:
- Initial Consultation: Besides the fees for the examination, you’ll also need diagnostic imaging and a CT scan to evaluate your oral structures to ensure you’re a candidate for dental implants.
- Additional Procedures: Many patients need additional procedures before their placement surgery, such as tooth extractions, periodontal therapy, or bone grafting.
- Placement Surgery: Sedation or anesthesia is needed during an oral surgery to place your implant posts into the jawbone. Besides the costs of the procedure, you’ll also need to pay for each implant post.
- Abutments & Restorations: A special fixture called an abutment needs to be placed on each post to connect your restoration. Your restoration is often the most expensive aspect of your treatment, but your dental insurance can help lower the cost.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Dental implants cost more than traditional treatments, like a fixed bridge, but they are more affordable long-term. They have the potential to last for several decades with the right aftercare, so you’ll never need to pay to have them replaced like you would with other treatments.
Dental implants also lower your overall oral health expenses. The implant posts act as new tooth roots to stimulate your jawbone. This keeps any remaining natural teeth firmly in place to stop dental drift. As a result, you’ll lower your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss to save more money down the road.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Every policy differs, but many insurance companies can cover a portion of the cost of dental implants until you reach your annual limit. After paying your deductible, your dental insurance may pay for certain aspects of your treatment to lower the amount you need to pay, like the CT scan or the restorations.
If you’re ready to rebuild your smile, contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We’ll help keep your new smile within your budget.