Dental implants restore the look and feel of natural teeth while providing a strength and security other forms of restorative dentistry can’t match. If you have missing teeth, dental implants are an excellent option to consider for replacement.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are secured in place with titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone. The artificial crown is then attached to the post with an abutment, or an extension.
Sometimes damage to your teeth may only require simple, cosmetic solutions. If you have a small chip or crack, for example, you may only need dental bonding. If you have more severe damage or decay, though, you may need to have your tooth removed. You may also have an accident that knocks a tooth out, requiring you to replace the tooth. Whatever the reason may be, if you have a gap where a tooth is missing, you will want to have it replaced. One of the best replacement options is a dental implant.
Our terrific team at DC Dental Spa are proficient with our deliberate thoroughness when it comes to your oral care, and this certainly includes dental implants. The latest in technology advancements are available in our clinic and the warm and friendly atmosphere will help us evaluate any dental problems you might have. Call 202-873-1054 for an initial consultation and let us help you determine if a dental implant is a possible solution for you and your smile.
Dental Implants & Implant Restoration Services
Close to 50 million Americans experience the loss of a tooth every year. Dentures and dental bridges have historically been the best option for individuals in this situation, but dental implants are now growing in popularity.
Dental implants offer significant benefits for patients including the following:
- Structural Integrity: By filling in gaps, dental implants not only preserve the original jawbone, but they also reduce the possibility of infections developing. They stop any atrophy of the jawbone.
- Improved Aesthetics: Dental implants will improve the appearance of your smile as well as your jawline and prevent any changes in the shape of your jaw or face that develop with missing teeth.
- Oral Health: Having an implant placed improves your ability and likelihood to brush and floss regularly, which results in improved overall oral health.
- Upgrade from Dentures: Because the titanium post acts like a root, and they are adhered to the jawbone, dental implants are permanent and stable, which will improve your ability to chew foods and talk comfortably.
- Tooth Migration: when a tooth is missing the neighboring teeth immediately begin to shift into the space, affecting your bite alignment.
- Neighboring teeth: Unlike a dental bridge, you are not relying on the neighboring teeth for support. You do not need crowns on them to carry the bridge.
What is the Process?
The process of having a dental implant placed has several steps and will take more than one visit and a couple of months to complete.
The first step involves x-rays to determine if your jawbone is dense enough to support the titanium implant. Of course, once the decision is made, if you do need a tooth extracted that must be completed. At that time, if your bone needs more density, a bone graft can be introduced. An easy process, it just adds some time to the procedure. When we are ready for the actual implant, our dentist will administer a local anesthetic to the immediate area and then surgically place the post in your jawbone. It now might take several months for this post to fuse or grow to the bone. Once it is determined that is it stable, an abutment or extension is added to the post and a beautiful artificial crown is placed on the extension. Just like that you have a tooth replacement that looks and acts totally naturally.
Proper Care Improves Longevity of Dental Implants
Following your dental implant procedure, it is important to plan on the healing process taking a few weeks. During this time, it will be recommended that you stick to a soft-food diet and gradually reintroduce harder foods as sensitivity and tenderness diminishes. If your implant was placed due to an injury related to sports, it is also important to strongly consider wearing a mouth guard to prevent it happening again.
Once the implant has fully healed, the most important thing to do to preserve the health of the implant is to practice the following oral hygiene habits every day.
The health industries suggest that you brush twice daily (minimum) and also to practice proper brushing technique. In addition to brushing regularly, it is also important to brush effectively. It is also important to floss at least once a day. If you tend to avoid flossing, you may want to consider flossing alternatives, such as interdental brushes or floss picks.
Be aware of your diet. One of the best ways you can exercise preventative dental care is to avoid foods that are sugary or high in starch. If you do enjoy a soda or a sugary beverage, try to use a straw to limit exposure of sugar to your teeth. It is also helpful to swish your mouth with water following meals, as doing so can dislodge food remnants.
Schedule regular dental exams at DC Dental Spa. Dental issues left unchecked can result in additional issues and progression of decay, which is why it is so important to visit us dentist every six months. In addition to providing a thorough checkup and exam, we also deep clean your teeth, diagnosis potential issues before they get worse, and allow us to monitor the status of your implant.
High Quality Care You Can Trust
At our downtown office of DC Dental Spa, we will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Our entire staff works extremely hard to develop strong and lasting relationships with each of our patients. We enjoy the trust that our patients continue to place in us through regular dental visits. We are quite deliberate and very thoughtful about exercising preventative overall dental health and delivering the enjoyment that comes with your healthy smile. Visit us today at DC Dental Spa, 730 24th St. NW, Suite 9, Washington, DC, 20037, or call 202-873-1054 for an evaluation and consultation regarding a possible dental implant to improve your smile and the overall quality of life that accompanies that healthy smile.