Posts for tag: Dental Implants

By Dr. Mary Gregory
May 24, 2018
Tags: Dental Implants  

Repairing your smile and replacing your missing teeth can benefit your teeth both aesthetically and functionally. However, many people are not aware of a permanent solution to a missing tooth, a restorative dental procedure called a dental implant. Are you a candidate for dental implants? Can you benefit from this procedure? Find out with Dr. Mary Gregory in Arlington, VA.

What are dental implants? 
Dental implants are a dental restoration which replaces a missing tooth. The implant has three main parts: the fixture, the abutment, and the prosthetic. The fixture is a small, post-like titanium piece which your dentist surgically implants into the bone under your missing tooth, essentially replacing your tooth’s root. The prosthetic is the replacement tooth itself, normally a porcelain dental crown or bridge, which fits onto the fixture via the abutment, a small piece which connects the two main implant parts.

Can dental implants help me? 
Dental implants replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or an arch of missing teeth. Implants stand alone and do not require the help of healthy teeth surrounding the gap to stay in place. This means that, for example, a dental implant can replace a single tooth on one side of your mouth and several teeth on the other. However, missing teeth cause bone atrophy, which causes the bone to degrade and break down over time. Implants require a solid foundation to stay in place, meaning that patients with significant bone atrophy may not be suitable for a dental implant. Though it is rare, a dental implant can reject due to poor oral hygiene. This makes a strong at-home daily oral care routine crucial to the life of your implants.

What can I expect from a dental implant procedure? 
The procedure requires that you have several visits with your dentist and undergo an oral surgery to place the implant’s fixtures. A dental laboratory will customize your prosthetic teeth for your mouth to ensure that your new teeth fit seamlessly into your smile, from their shape to their length to their color. Your dentist will first place the implant’s fixture into the jawbone. The mouth then requires several months to heal. During the healing process, the bone grows around the fixture to anchor it into place. After your implant sites are fully healed, your dentist will attach the prosthetic teeth to the fixture using an abutment.

Dental Implants in Arlington, VA
Your journey to a new, full smile could be a simple phone call away. For more information on dental implants or how they can change your smile for good, please contact Dr. Gregory in Arlington, VA. Call 703-527-6495 to schedule your appointment today!

Is your smile missing teeth? Are you too embarrassed to smile? Dental implants are the gold standard in the replacement of teeth. You dental implantscan get your smile back.  with the help of Dr. Mary Gregory in Arlington, VA. Here are some reasons to consider dental implants.

1. Improve Your Look

Don't let missing teeth ruin your smile. Dental implants can fill in your smile's gaps and improve your appearance. Dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth.

2. Enjoy Your Favorite Foods

If you are missing teeth, chewing can become extremely difficult. Implants can restore your ability to chew food. With implants, you will be able to eat the foods you have avoided in the past. Strong and stable, dental implants restore missing teeth so that they feel and function like natural teeth. 

4. Prevent Teeth Shifting

If you have a missing tooth, the existing teeth may cave in or shift out of their place and into the empty space. This can lead to a potential collapse of bite support. Dental implants can prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place. 

3. Preserve Healthy Bone

Dental implants protect your healthy bone. Missing teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the deterioration and loss of some of your jawbone. When the jawbone is not being used to support a natural tooth, it deteriorates. Dental implants help to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. 

5. Improve Your Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem results from a poor self-image and can have devastating consequences. Depression and low self-esteem often go hand-in-hand. Low self-esteem leaves people vulnerable to depression. A dental implant can restore your smile and improve your self-esteem. Consult with an Arlington, VA dentist to find out if dental implants are right for you.

A beautiful smile is a powerful thing. It can boost your self-confidence and help you overcome inhibitions- in both your personal life and professional life. Call Dr. Mary Gregory at 703-527-6495 to schedule an appointment in Arlington, VA. Dental implants will give you that beautiful smile you've been waiting for. 

By Dr. Mary Gregory
May 04, 2016
Tags: Dental Implants  

How dental implants can complete your smile

When you smile, do you notice big holes where your teeth used to be? Are you afraid to smile because people notice the gaps between your teeth? You don’t have to live with a gap in your smile! It’s time to do something about it because you deserve a complete and Dental Implantsbeautiful smile. It’s time to consider dental implants, the newest, state-of-the-art treatment available to replace missing teeth. Dr. Mary Gregory in Arlington, Virginia wants to help you discover how dental implants can complete your smile.

Dental implants have many advantages over conventional tooth replacement methods like bridges, partials or dentures. Dr. Gregory wants you to know these are just some of the reasons why you should choose dental implants:

  • Implants are cosmetically beautiful and virtually indistinguishable from your existing teeth
  • Implants are stable and don’t move when you eat and speak the way partials and dentures sometimes do
  • Implants are permanent and fuse with your jaw bone becoming a lifelong addition to your smile
  • Implants are conservative because Dr. Gregory doesn’t have to prepare the teeth around the implant, unlike dental bridgework
  • Implants are convenient because you never have to take them out to clean them or when you sleep
  • Implants are a healthier choice and help you conserve the bone in your jaw, unlike removable appliances which can cause your bone to disappear over time
  • Implants are highly successful and have a success rate of over 95 percent!

Dr. Gregory uses all the latest technology including detailed x-rays to determine your dental implant treatment needs. She will create a treatment plan designed to give you amazing results and can even give you an idea how your new smile will look. So if you don’t want to live with a hole in your smile, it’s time to take action. Dental implants are an investment, so don’t go see just anyone. You deserve the best. It’s time to call Dr. Mary Gregory in Arlington, Virginia and complete your smile. Call today!

By Mary E. Gregory, D.D.S. Family Dentistry
May 04, 2015
Tags: Dental Implants  
Dental ImplantsDr. Mary E. Gregory, your Arlington dentist, talks about dental implants, and what could potentially cause problems for the longevity of your new tooth.
 
It’s comforting to hear that since a dental implant is designed to be just about as strong and as durable as a natural tooth; therefore, your dental implant should last you a lifetime. However, there are some circumstances when this might not be true. Dr. Gregory shares the most common causes for why a dental implant might fail or become damaged, so you can prevent this from happening to you.
 
Smoking
 
Studies have found that smokers shouldn’t get dental implants, as they are significantly more likely to experience implant failure. Your Arlington dentist, Dr. Gregory, recommends that you quit before you even consider implants. We also recommend that you refrain from smoking even after your implant surgery, as smoking can do damage even to a healthy implant, as well as your overall health. If you want to keep your implant, stay away from tobacco.
 
Infection
 
We can’t stress enough the importance of oral care. Besides continuing to see us every six months for routine care, you should also be doing your part to keep your smile clean. This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. Treat your implant just like a natural tooth. Meticulous care will ensure that bacteria doesn’t set in and cause an infection known as peri-implantitis. This inflammation of the gums and bone surrounding the implant can cause the implant to fail.
 
Actual Implant Failure
 
Since the implant is usually made out of titanium, they are extremely durable; however, it is still possible for the implant to bend or break. However, technological advancements in the design of the implant make this less common, but it is still possible. A sudden impact or blow to the face could cause enough extreme pressure to damage the implant.
 
Talk to Dr. Gregory, your Arlington dentist, if you are worried about any of these situations. While they aren’t always common, these problems can be prevented, and implants boast an up to 98% success rate if cared for properly. Do your part to take care of your implants, and they will take care of you for the rest of your life. It can be that simple!
By Mary Gregory, D.D.S.
August 27, 2014
Tags: Dental Implants  
dental implantsDo you have a teenager who has a missing tooth? Are you researching your child’s options so he or she can finally restore their smile and regain confidence? We think that’s wonderful! Oral health is extremely important no matter what age. There’s no reason why your child shouldn’t get back their smile. 
 
You may be sifting through the Internet to find out which restorative treatments in Arlington are just right for your child. Your Arlington dentist office is here to provide some helpful advice when it comes to what will work for your teenager’s oral health.
 

The Jawbone is Developing 

As you probably already know, your teenager is still growing. That means not everything has fully developed yet. We realize that your child wants to fix their tooth loss, and there are definitely options for doing that; however, we recommend holding off on more advanced procedures, such as a dental implantation, until your child’s jawbone has fully developed.
 

Why Does a Developing Jawbone Matter?

This treatment option requires that a small screw be inserted into the jawbone and then given months to heal and to allow the implant to fuse with the surrounding bone and tissues. Since a teen’s jawbone hasn’t reached maturity, any treatments like dental implants would affect the jawbone and halt its growth.
 
While maturity fluctuates from person to person, the majority reaches full maturation in their late teens. Once this happens, there’s no reason why your child can’t consider getting dental implants in Arlington, VA.
 
Furthermore, your Arlington restorative dentist recommends holding off on dental implants until adulthood because your teenager’s jaw could still shift outward or downwards. When this happens, their natural teeth will shift with the jaw and move with the growth; however, dental implants won’t. This in turn will affect the gums surrounding the dental implant, which also will remain stationary. Play it safe, and wait until your teenager is a bit older before they get dental implants.
 

What’s Your Teenager’s Dental Status Report?

Wondering when you will be able to tell whether your teenager has reached the right age for dental implants? Well then schedule your child’s next appointment with us by calling (703) 527-6495. We’ll be able to tell you if your child’s mouth is finally right for dental implants.
 
Did your teenager receive dental implants after reaching maturity? If so, how do they like their new smile? We want to hear from you or your child about how their restored smile has changed their life.
 


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Mary E. Gregory, D.D.S. - Family & Children's Dentistry

703-527-6495
4500 Old Dominion Dr Arlington, VA 22207-3312