Dental Implants in Washington DC
for Missing Teeth Replacement
Dental Implants in Washington DC for Missing Teeth Replacement
If you have had the misfortune of having a tooth extracted or lost a tooth due to an unexpected injury, that missing tooth can impact more than just your smile. Your smile is an under-valued asset. It is the foundation for your personality. It affects your self-esteem and your self-confidence in your personal engagements, your social circles, and your professional encounters. The staff at Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, 2311 M St. NW in Washington, DC appreciate the value of smile. To learn more about what is involved with the dental implants washington dc procedure, our clinic facilities, or to schedule an appointment for dental implants, You can call us at 202-296-3360 for an evaluation regarding the extended impact of that missing tooth. There are numerous health issues that can develop when a tooth or teeth are not replaced over time, including the following:
- Difficulty chewing properly
- The shifting of the neighboring teeth into that open space
- Deterioration of jawbone
- Added stress to remaining teeth
- Jaw joint issues
Dental implants are the new gold standard in the dental industry for the replacement of a natural tooth. Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots placed in your jawbone and given time to adhere to your bone, after which an artificial crown can be placed. Dental implants have been the preferred method for addressing missing teeth for the past 30+ years because of their strength in supporting replacement teeth and because they allow patients to return to their normal daily activities with replacement teeth that look and feel natural. Because of that root the crown delivers natural pressures while biting and chewing as well as temperature changes from hot to cold.
Our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. We are proud to provide optimal care for our patients.
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Dental Implants & Procedural Expectations
If we determine at your initial appointment that a dental implant is the best treatment option for you, we will need to schedule a follow-up appointment. Our staff is committed to providing you with as much information as possible during this evaluation and consultation, so you are comfortable and confident in the upcoming treatment process. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.
The first step in the process is to take x-rays to determine the health of the jawbone. If the density is good enough to withstand the implant, then the soft tissue will be numbed with a local anesthetic. A small incision allows our dentist to access the jawbone. Next a small hole will be drilled into the jawbone into which a titanium post is inserted. An extension or abutment is placed on that post to reach the surface and a temporary restoration will be placed while the site is given time to heal. The next step is to wait and allow that titanium post to fuse to the bone. This most important step delivers the strength of a normal root. The healing process and time it takes for the bond to occur will vary from client to client, but the implant is typically ready to be finished around 6-8 weeks. Once the bond has been confirmed and secured, a final porcelain or ceramic crown will be attached to the implant abutment or extension root and your dental implant procedure will be complete.
In some situations, a patient may need to have the tooth extracted first. Or the x-ray may show the density of the jawbone will not support the implant so a bone grafting procedure will need to be performed in order to build up the bone so it is strong enough to hold the implant.
Dental Implants & Procedure Aftercare
Following your dental implant procedure, it is important to be cautious during the initial healing stage. We want to minimize biting and chewing pressure on that temporary crown while the post is growing to the jawbone. We will want you to plan on sticking to a soft food diet for the first two weeks, after which you can begin to slowly reintroduce harder foods. Once the healing process is complete, you will not need to follow any special aftercare instructions or modify your brushing or flossing technique.
To maximize the benefits of your dental implant procedure and avoid developing similar issues in the future, it is imperative that you practice good daily oral hygiene practices. The health industry strongly suggests that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. They also suggest flossing at least once a day and scheduling regular preventive evaluations twice a year. These regular visits ensure that your teeth will receive regular professional cleanings and will significantly reduce your risk of developing issues such as gingivitis or periodontitis. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy that healthy smile for years to come!