When you’re missing a tooth or teeth, it can have severe consequences for your smile, both cosmetically and medically. If you’re missing teeth, Samira Shenasi, DDS, and the team of dental experts at Dental Town DC can replace them with state-of-the-art dental implants. If you’re in the Washington, DC, area, schedule your consultation by calling the Dental Town DC office or booking a visit online.
Dental implants are a tooth-replacement solution that uses technologically advanced means to restore your smile. They’re artificial tooth roots that are surgically installed in your jawbone, where they replicate the function of your natural tooth root.
Once installed, your dental implants create a stable foundation for a restoration to complete your tooth replacement. Dental implants work great for supporting crowns, bridges, and even dentures, giving you a fully restored smile that looks and feels just like the real thing.
Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials, which means your body doesn’t realize they’re a foreign substance. Such materials, like titanium or ceramic, can fuse with your bone tissue as you heal from the surgery.
This process, called osseointegration, leaves your dental implant to function identically to a natural tooth root. The result is a replacement tooth root that’s more comfortable, more secure, and more effective.
As a more technologically advanced method of tooth replacement, dental implants offer a variety of advantages, including:
One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is they provide your jawbone with healthy stimulation.
Unlike bridges or dentures, which replace your missing teeth but don’t actually connect to your jawbone, dental implants become an integral part of your jawbone, where they stimulate it and help prevent the bone loss typically associated with missing teeth.
Getting dental implants takes a few different visits to Dental Town DC. If you’re uncomfortable or uneasy with any part of your dental implant procedure, Dental Town DC offers a variety of sedation options, like nitrous oxide and oral sedatives, that can help make your treatment much easier.
During your first visit, your dentist or oral surgeon inserts the implant in your jawbone by making a small incision in your gum and drilling a hole in your jawbone. They stitch you up and send you home to heal for a few months while your implant and jawbone fuse together.
Once your implant has fused, you come back for another surgery to get your abutment, which is the post that connects to your implant and holds your restoration.
Your dentist takes an impression of your mouth after your abutment is in place and sends it off to a lab to have your crown, bridge, or dentures fabricated. Once your restoration comes back from the lab, they seal it in place on your abutment, finally completing your smile restoration.
Get started with the dental implant process today and schedule a consultation with Dental Town DC by phone or online.