Dental Implants in Washington DC & Alexandria VA
Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants Today!
If you have a missing tooth, it can affect the way you feel about yourself, but it can also affect your overall quality of health. Often times, missing teeth occur when decay or an injury occurs, but sometimes gum disease can be the culprit. The easiest way to restore your missing teeth is with a dental implant procedure from Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Washington D.C. or Alexandria, VA. Dr. Justin Zalewsky is an experienced Implant Dentist and is more than capable of providing you with one of the best dental implant treatment plans. He and his team are proud to offer patients with some of the highest quality dental care in the DC area!
Are You A Candidate for Dental Implants?
According to studies, over 178 million Americans are missing one or more of their teeth. Not only can this cause daily discomforts, missing teeth are shown to be harmful to your dental and overall health. When missing teeth go untreated, patients begin to lose bone density in the mouth and jaw. With spaces open around the mouth, other adult teeth shift into the openings, affecting your natural “bite” which causes crooked teeth. After a tooth falls out, over time it becomes a chain reaction, resulting in one after another.
If you are missing a tooth, it doesn’t matter if it occurred because of an athletic injury, tooth decay, or gum disease, dental implants are the preferred option! Dental bridges and dentures are a good option for some, but they require constant and expensive re-fittings. Dental bridges or dentures can actually make it harder to do normal, daily tasks! Although dental implants are more expensive, if cared for properly, one set will last you the rest of your life!
Dental implants have been around since the 1950s and have only improved in technology and success rate in the time since then. Today, implants have a success rating of up to 98%, and patients report little pain following the in-office procedure. Learn more to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium, and put in the place of a missing tooth. The jaw bone will grow around the implant to improve stability. After the titanium rod is set in place, a prosthetic tooth is anchored in, making your smile look and function exactly like a natural tooth would.
Why Dental Implants?
Unlike dentures or dental bridges, dental implants look and function completely naturally, and patients are still able to enjoy their favorite foods! Here are a few reasons why you should choose dental implants:
- Dental implants are permanent! Unlike dentures and dental bridges, implants will last a lifetime.
- Implants maintain healthy bone structure and teeth alignment.
- Implants reduce the likelihood of multiple missing teeth and future bone loss.
- With implants, patients can eat, chew, and speak as they naturally would!
- For single-tooth implants, the surrounding teeth are not damaged as they would be with a dental bridge.
What Is The Procedure Like?
Prior to surgery, patients will be seen for a consultation appointment. Dr. Zalewsky will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants by evaluating the affected bone tissue and teeth. Some patients may find that prior treatments are recommended prior to getting dental implants.
Once Dr. Zalewsky and his team have decided that your mouth is healthy enough for implants, the actual procedure can begin. After numbing the area with a local anesthesia, Dr. Zalewsky will place the small titanium structure into your jaw with a small incision. This is so the dental implant fuses naturally with the bone. Because the implant will fuse naturally with the bone, after healing, it is as strong as a natural tooth would be.
Next, the abutment is placed over the titanium rod. This acts as a base for your custom crown! When everything is healed (the process usually takes about 2 weeks, but differs for some patients), you are left with a fully functional, fully restored smile. We’ll make sure that you love it for years to come.
Is It Really Pain-Free?
Patients should expect to receive a small incision directly into the gum tissue, but should only feel a slight pressure (similar to a cavity being filled) during the implant procedure. This is because the dental implant is adhered directly to the nerve-less tissue in your bone, many patients report very little pain following a dental implant surgery. In fact, most of our patients find that an over-the-counter pain reliever is all they need to get through the recovery process. Additionally, an antibiotic may be prescribed by Dr. Zalewsky, and it’s important that patients take the prescribed medication as instructed, or an infection may occur. Following our recovery recommendations is the best way to ensure the fastest recovery!
Why Should I Choose Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry for Dental Implants?
Together with the team at Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, Dr. Zalewsky is dedicated to provide you with dental implants in Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA. Qualified to treat a variety of conditions, Dr. Zalewsky completed his Certificate of Periodontics and Oral Implantology as well as a Master of Science in Oral Biology from Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry after finishing his military service.
With an advanced training in surgical and non-surgical periodontal treatments, Dr. Zalewsky is one of the best implant dentists in Washington D.C. for dental implant surgery. He is dedicated to creating personalized treatment plans for patients among referring doctors and members of his office staff. You’ll feel great about your smile with Dr. Zalewsky and his team.
Living with missing teeth can affect your day to day life as well as your overall health, and we are here to help! If you think you could be a good candidate for dental implants, don’t hesitate to call our offices in Alexandria VA or Washington D.C. to schedule a consultation today!