Dental Implants in Washington DC
Do you lack the confidence to smile, speak, laugh, eat, and enjoy life because you have teeth that are missing or failing? If so, it is time to show off that gorgeous smile again and live life to the fullest. Dental implants make this possible, as they provide a foundation for teeth that are no longer able to function as intended or have been lost. These implants look, feel, and function as natural teeth, allowing the person to smile and eat once again without embarrassment.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant differs from dentures in that a permanent tooth root is placed in the gum. The implant provides a foundation for the replacement tooth, one that is made to match the appearance of the natural teeth. This implant is made of titanium to ensure the body doesn’t reject the implant initially or over time.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Before any dental implants are placed, a personalized treatment plan must be created that involves both oral surgery and restorative elements. Once the plan has been developed, the titanium post which forms the basis of the implant is inserted into the jawbone in the appropriate space. The jawbone must then be given time to heal and grow around the post, as this anchors it firmly into the bone. Healing tends to take between three and six months. The dentist may be able to provide temporary teeth during the healing process, as this allows the smile to improve immediately. In addition, you may find you are restricted to a soft diet during the healing of the mouth.
When the healing process is complete, a small connector post must then be attached to the titanium post in the jawbone. This abutment, or connector post, is what actually holds the replacement tooth. As with other crowns, an impression is made of the teeth to ensure the crown blends in with other teeth in the mouth, as this helps to ensure it looks natural. The color of the crown is also carefully selected to ensure it blends in. Patients typically find they can engage in all normal activities throughout the process, but the dentist can provide more information on this, as each case is unique.
Benefits of our Washington DC Dental Implants Service
Dental implants appear and feel like natural teeth, and they fuse to the jaw bone. As a result, they offer a permanent solution to the problem of missing or failing teeth, and there’s no need to worry about the implant slipping, thanks to the way they are inserted. Dentures tend to move around in the mouth, and this can lead to impaired speech. In addition, when the dentures move, it may be difficult to eat certain foods.
Individuals choosing dental implants find they are more comfortable than when wearing dentures, as the implant goes directly into the jawbone, as opposed to resting on it like dentures do. Self-esteem goes up, as the patient can smile again freely without being ashamed of their teeth and, when cared for properly, the implants will usually last a lifetime.
There is no need to alter surrounding teeth when an implant is selected, as the dentist must do when a bridge is chosen. Another benefit of choosing a dental implant over other treatment options is there is easier access to the spaces between the teeth, ensuring the entire mouth stays healthy with proper care. The implant never needs to be removed, there’s no need for adhesives and the replacement tooth is cared for in the same way as a natural tooth.
The contours of the face will be preserved with implants. When teeth are missing or dentures are worn, the gums tend to erode, leading to a sunken appearance of the cheeks. This issue is solved with the help of dental implants.
The Success Rate Of Dental Implants
The success rate of dental implants varies based on many factors. For example, smokers may find that nicotine interferes with the healing process and can lead to problems with the implant. In addition, where the implant is placed in the jaw can affect the success rate, and those with uncontrolled conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, may not be suited for dental implants. The same is true for those who have undergone radiation to the head and/or neck, thus they need to consult a dentist. However, up to 98 percent of these implants are placed with no problems. Speak to your dental practitioner to learn if you are a good candidate for this treatment option.
Consider dental implants if you have one or more missing or failing teeth. They are easy to care for, just as you would natural teeth, and they look and feel the same as your natural teeth. Others won’t even know you have an implant unless you tell them. This is a great way to improve your smile in a short period of time, and you deserve nothing less. You should be able to easily show others just how gorgeous you are, and implants help with this goal.
If you have any questions regarding our dental implant services at our Washington D.C. office or have any questions regarding our many other dental services call the Washington Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at (202) 363-2500 or send us your name and email address via our website to schedule an appointment, you can also visit our dental services page to learn more about our full scope of services provided.
Dental Implant F.A.Q
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant is typically a piece of titanium that is cylindrical in shape. It actually looks like a tapered post. The implant is surgically placed into the jawbone and as it heals, the implant becomes fused with your natural jawbone. The two (your dental implant and jawbone) then form a strong and long-lasting bond and foundation for your replacement teeth.
How much do dental implants cost?
No two cases or patients are exactly alike, so the number of appointments, procedures and cost can vary depending on the patient. After an initial appointment and consultation, your dental implant expert will provide you with a treatment plan which will include your estimated number of appointments and cost. When you’re getting a dental implant, you’re not only buying a product (the implant) but your also purchasing a service. A dental implant is a medical device that is implanted into living tissue. The dental implant placement is both science and an art.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants can last for quite some time. Typically for a patient in their forties or older a dental implant is for life. The implant itself can last for many many years, it’s the crown or cap that takes on wear and may need replacement, which is a simple process. There are on the other hand diseases if left uncontrolled, such as diabetes, which can affect the bone and result in bone loss and potentially implant failure.
Are dental implants painful?
Most oral surgery is accompanied by some degree of discomfort. In most cases, placing a single dental implant requires less than an hour. You will feel some pain after the procedure but the level of discomfort depends on the individual but it’s generally described as relatively mild.
Are dental implants safe?
Contemporary dental implants have been in use for more than 30 years and are proven safe and effective for replacing missing teeth. They are typically made from biocompatible titanium that will be accepted by the body to serve as a strong foundation for your replacement teeth.