Whether you need to replace missing teeth or want to create a new, natural-looking smile, dental implants give you a wide range of options to choose from without the hassle of traditional dentures and bridges. At the Washington Center for Dentistry, our experienced team of doctors offers the latest advances in dental implant technology. You can choose from dental implants, All-On-4 implants, implant-supported dentures, and more. If you’re in the Washington, DC area and are ready for your new, permanent smile, give us a call, and let’s talk about creating the smile you’ve always wanted.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an ideal solution for patients, who are either missing teeth or those who need to replace extracted teeth, for a natural look. The good news is that dental implant procedures are so flexible that the talented dentists at Washington Center for Dentistry can use them to solve almost all problems related to missing teeth. Compared to dentures, dental implants are secure, where patients will have a restored sense of confidence and will be able to eat whatever foods they choose, speak clearly, and not fear dentures slipping loose when smiling or talking.
Not only a restorative dentistry procedure, dental implants can give you a gorgeous smile as well. While a dental crown or bridge may not be an option, a dental implant is another tool in our cosmetic dentistry repertoire to give you teeth that are functional and aesthetically pleasing. Call our office in Washington, DC to learn more.
Types Of Implants
There are basically 2 types of dental implants used today:
- Endosteal (in the bone): This is the most common type of implant used, and each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is often used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
- Subperiosteal (on the bone): These implants are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These implants are used for patients, who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
You will be able to do all the things you could not do because of loose-fitting dentures, sliding removable bridges, or gaps between teeth.
- You will be able to smile bigger and brighter.
- You will no longer hide your smile behind your hand or closed lips.
- You will be able to speak clearly.
- You will no longer have a lisp or mumble because you are hiding spaces between your teeth or because you fear your loose dentures will show.
- You will be able to eat whatever foods you want— with complete self-confidence! You will easily eat apples or other hard foods once impossible to deal with because of loose teeth or loose dentures.
- You will have the same bite force as with your natural teeth.
- You will enjoy better overall health and appearance.
- You will notice an improved structure and profile of your face. This is a welcome change since your missing teeth cause bone loss in your jaw, leading to sagging muscles, jowls, and a pointy chin. The bone loss also affects gum tissue as well as muscles and nerves throughout the mouth. The remaining teeth might also loosen.
- You will appreciate the good news that dental implants may stop, or even reverse, the pervasive bone loss from missing teeth!
- You will benefit from bone grafting that replaces lost bone and restores aesthetic structure to the face.
- You will also benefit as your implants apply force to your bone the same way teeth do. That stimulation is what keeps your bone strong, dense, and healthy.
- You will welcome the fact that since your bone doesn’t know the difference between a real tooth and an implant, it responds to the stimulation of the implant by increasing in mass.
- You will note that implants also help to avoid the need to cut down other teeth to support a bridge or a crown.
- You will enjoy caring for your implants just like natural teeth, flossing, and brushing, but avoiding problems with decay or sensitivity.
Single-Tooth Dental Implants
Single-tooth dental implants are effective in replacing both a missing tooth, and its root for long-standing results, and a natural-looking appearance. This is a great cosmetic dentistry option for millions of Americans, who suffer tooth loss, from tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. In addition to changing a patient’s facial appearance, missing teeth have a negative impact on confidence and self-esteem. Since single-tooth dental implants offer results for these problems, the highly-trained and compassionate dentists at the Washington Center for Dentistry provide a dental solution that will change a patient’s life for the better.
All-On-4® Dental Implants
For patients suffering from missing teeth or challenging tooth problems, the dental implant specialists at Washington Center for Dentistry have the answer for those seeking long-term results and a beautiful, natural new smile. All-on-4 dental implants offer our patients non-removable replacement teeth by placing a complete arch of prosthetic teeth on just 4 dental implants. They are surgically set in at angles and use the best available bone for support. Since the All-on-4 technique is designed to place only 4 implants, which do not typically require bone grafts, they are an ideal choice for patients with low bone density. The implants are comfortable and secure, and patients enjoy a fast recovery.
Implant-supported dentures are secured by sturdy dental implants by the skilled dentists at Washington Center for Dentistry. Implant-supported dentures snap in place to attach securely to the top of dental implants to provide a secure hold, eliminating the need for pastes or adhesives. In addition, implant-supported dentures may be removed for regular cleaning. This is a great option for denture patients since many have suffered from the painful reality of dentures rocking in their mouths, experienced facial changes, and the inability to eat certain foods. These teeth enhanced with our cosmetic dentistry and restorative techniques look and function like a patient’s own natural teeth.