Dental Implants Specialist

Herndon Healthy Smiles

Joseph Alwan, DDS

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Herndon, VA

Whether you need to replace a single tooth or many teeth, dental implants give you the security and aesthetic you’re looking for. Dr. Joseph Alwan at Herndon Healthy Smiles in Herndon, Virginia, offers innovative restorative dental options to patients who need to replace missing teeth. If you think dental implants could work for you, call today or schedule an appointment online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts Dr. Alwan surgically positions in your jawbone beneath the gum line. The implant functions like the root of your natural tooth and enables Dr. Alwan to mount your replacement teeth or secure dentures in that area.

There are two types of dental implants: endosteal, which is placed directly into the jawbone, and subperiosteal, which is placed on top of the jaw.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Not only do dental implants restore your missing teeth, but they can also improve your jaw structure and provide stability for other restorative dental work in the future.

An implant doesn't come loose like a denture often does, making it a reliable option in restorative dentistry. Lastly, the titanium also provides another benefit: It allows you to eat the foods you like without worrying about tooth decay.

Are dental implants right for you?

If you’re missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth, you might be a good candidate for dental implants. Even if you suffer from bone loss due to gum disease or have pre-existing medical conditions, there are procedures that Dr. Alwan can perform to set the stage for implants.

If dental implants aren’t optimal for you -- whether it’s because of some dental condition, your financial situation, or your personal preferences -- Dr. Alwan can provide complete dentures or partial dentures as alternatives.

  • Full Dentures: Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace your missing teeth. If Dr. Alwan suggests a full denture, the appliance replaces all your teeth (whether on the top or bottom). The base of upper dentures covers the roof of your mouth, while lower dentures are shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
  • Partial Dentures: A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your remaining teeth. Dr. Alwan often covers this metal framework with an acrylic base that matches the color of your gums for a more natural look. He might also place crowns on your natural teeth to anchor your partial denture.

How should you care for your dental implants?

Although you don’t have to worry about issues like tooth decay, taking care of your gums is crucial in maintaining success with your implants. With good oral hygiene habits at home, your dental implants can last a lifetime.

Dr. Alwan recommends the following tips to increase success with your new implants:

  • Brush twice a day and floss at least once daily.
  • If you’re a smoker, try to quit.
  • Schedule a dental cleaning and exam at least once every six months.
  • Avoid eating hard foods like ice or hard candy

If you’re interested in learning more about your dental options to replace missing teeth, call Herndon Healthy Smiles today, or schedule an appointment online.