One of our specialties at DC Perio & Implants is our focus on replacement of teeth and dental implants. A dental implant is a high-tech replacement of the roots that provide a permanent foundation for fixed replaced of teeth. Due to their effective long-term solution for patients who suffer from missing or failing teeth or chronic periodontal disease dental implants have become a popular solution as compared to dentures, bridges and crowns. Additionally, due to their natural look, long-lasting, reliability, high success rate and improved ability to eat and chew as well as improved facial and bone features dental implants have become the standard of care at DC Perio & Implants in tooth replacement.
Dental implants are made out of titanium (we also offer metal free dental implants at DC Perio & Implants) that over time actually fuses to the living bone cells of the jaw and becomes part of the jaw bone. This intimate and tight connection creased a durable and strong anchor for the new teeth. This allows the ability to eat and chew that is not different as compared to natural teeth.
Dental implants consist of three parts:
- The implant: A post or screw that serves as a root for the new teeth. This is what permanently attaches to the jaw bone.
- The abutment: A permanent, but removable by the doctor, connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.
- The crown (or prosthetic tooth): This is the part of the tooth that can be seen. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and good looks.
Who Are candidates for Dental Implants?
Most people are good candidates for dental implants. At DC Perio & Implants in Washington, DC dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth in place of bridges or dentures. Ideal candidate have healthy gums and sufficient bone for placement of dental implants. In contrast to common belief advanced age is not a contraindication and understandably most dental implants are placed in individuals 50 years of age or older. Even if you have lost bone in your jaw bone you may still have sufficient enough of bone for dental implants to be placed. Furthermore, placement of dental implants can prevent further bone loss as the placement of dental implants will provide the jaw bone with a purpose function or purpose.
At DC Perio & Implants we put a heavy emphasis at proper evaluation and sequence of the treatment. Proper evaluation and successful implantation starts with a thorough evaluation of your jaw, teeth, mouth and overall health. At DC Perio and Implants a three dimensional x-ray (called CBCT scan) is taken. This detailed x-ray will aid us to identify areas of bone loss and carefully see the shape of your sinuses and nerve location to make accurate assessments for your dental implant placement. At DC Perio & Implants we will also do a thorough medical evaluation, as your overall health and history plays a big role in how well the dental implants will heal and fuse to the bone. Some of the medical histories to be concerned with include uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled gum disease that put the patient at an increased risk for an adverse outcome or a failed dental implant. Patients may still be a good candidate with one of these diseases, but we’ll want to thoroughly assess your situation and work with our patients and their physicians to increase their overall health and functioning.
Overall, at DC Perio & Implants we highly believe in dental implants to improve our patients’ quality of care as they have a very high rate of success and patients tell us how happy they are with the outcome. If you are considering implants, we can complete a careful examination to determine what options are best suited for you. Call us today at (202) 659-3500 to make that appointment!
Dental Implants Vs. Dental Bridges
In contrast to the general believe a Dental Implant is a more affordable and natural replacement than a Dental Bridge.
A bridge requires the alteration and grinding of adjacent teeth to support the bridge and consists of a false tooth (or teeth) supported by adjacent teeth that have been capped. It is used to replace one or two missing teeth. Commonly with a bridge it is required two often healthy teeth to be altered, which is not an ideal way of replacing a missing tooth compared to a dental implant. Most often a one tooth problem becomes a three teeth problem. Bridges tend to have short lives, five to ten years, compared to a dental implant, which can last a lifetime. So while a bridge can sometimes be more economical at first, in the long run a dental implant can cost you less as it may need to be replaced.
Five Reasons Why Dental implants Are So Popular:
1. Natural look and comfortable fit.
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. In addition, implants give patients the confidence to smile, eat, and engage in social activities without worrying about how they look or if their dentures will fall out.
2. Long-lasting and reliable.
With proper care and maintenance, implants last as long as conventional restorations on teeth, with predictable outcomes.
3. High success rate.
Well planned and cared for dental implants generally offer ‘survival rates’ comparable or better than other teeth replacement options. And, as implant technology and techniques improve, so should their success rate. People in good health have the best chance for successful implants.
4. Improved ability to eat and chew.
Dental implants are anchored in your jaw bone just like natural teeth. Over time they will help preserve the jaw bone and significantly reduce bone resorption. Replacing missing teeth with implants allow you to chew your food better and speak more clearly.
5. Improved facial and bone features.
Dental implants preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework. They also will preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height. Dental implants also help restore your jawbone structure because they reduce the load on the remaining oral structures/teeth and preserve natural tooth tissue and reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height.