Dental Implants

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a tooth replacement option for patients who have lost one or more teeth. They are a permanent alternative to removable dentures or dental bridges.

There are three parts of a dental implant: the implant, abutment, and crown. The implant is made of titanium and looks a little like a hollow screw. It screws into and fuses to the jawbone, anchoring the abutment.

The abutment is a rod that connects the artificial crown to the implant. Artificial crowns are custom-made for each patient to look and feel like their natural teeth. The dental implant procedure process varies for each patient and can take anywhere from 3 to 12 months.

Dental implants may not be suitable for every patient unless a preliminary procedure is done to ensure sufficient bone mass. If a patient’s jawbone lacks sufficient bone mass, it may require bone grafting. Schedule your free consultation with an oral surgeon to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant surgery.

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“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

How Long Does It Take to Get Dental Implants?

Every patient getting dental implants experiences a different timeline to completion. Many factors play a role in how long the entire process will take. The most significant factor is the number of teeth a patient is replacing with implants.

The more implants a patient receives, the longer their jaw needs to heal and fuse to the implants. Other contributing factors include the location of the implant and jawbone density. And every patient’s complete procedure timeline depends on their systemic and oral health.

The Most Significant Benefits of Dental Implants in DC

Dental implants have several benefits over removable dentures and dental bridges. The most significant advantage is that implants stimulate jawbone growth and enable natural oral function. And implants are permanent, so you never have to worry about embarrassing slippage.

Tooth implants let you return to a restriction-free diet because they function just like your natural teeth. And they are better than natural teeth in that implants do not get cavities or rot.

Permanent Solution to Missing Teeth

Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements with a 95% success rate. On average, implants last 30 years and can last a lifetime when well-maintained. To take good care of your implants, all you have to do is brush and floss twice a day.

Natural Look, Feel, and Function

Implant teeth are custom-made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. Functionally, dental implants act and feel like your original teeth, allowing you to eat a restriction-free diet and communicate naturally. To others, the artificial tooth is imperceptible to the eyes and ears.

Stimulate Natural Jawbone Growth

Jawbone degradation is a hallmark of tooth loss because the bone requires stimulation to retain its mass. Removable tooth replacements, like dentures, place all your bite pressure on the gums. An implant provides an artificial root structure that stimulates jawbone growth in the same manner as natural teeth.

4 Types of Dental Implant Procedures

There are four dental implant procedures: single-tooth, multiple teeth, implant-supported bridges, and full-arch implants.

Single-Tooth Implants

A single-tooth dental implant procedure involves replacing one missing tooth with an implant, abutment, and crown. Your jawbone heals relatively quickly from a single-implant procedure, usually within a couple of weeks post-surgical.

Multiple Tooth Implants

Your oral surgeon might recommend receiving several implants if you are missing multiple teeth. Depending on the density of your jawbone, it may be necessary to place the implants throughout several appointments. The jawbone will need more time to heal, and the whole process can take several months to around a year.

Implant-Supported Full-Arch Dentures

An implant-supported denture is a full-mouth tooth replacement procedure for patients missing most or all of their teeth. Implant-supported dentures are a permanent alternative to removable dentures that anchor into the jaw with four dental implants. The implants stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy and provide the same look, feel, and function as natural teeth. 

What Is the Cost of Dental Implants in DC?

The cost of dental implants is different for every case since every patient has different needs. In general, the cost of an implant ranges from around $2,000 to $3,500, including the other expenses associated with the procedure. Schedule a free consultation or call our office for more information on what dental implants in DC cost.