If you have missing teeth, wear dentures or are thinking about getting dentures, you should consider dental implants as a permanent tooth replacement solution. Implants have many advantages over dentures; most of all, they are permanent and the next best thing to having your natural teeth.
The process of getting dental implants requires several steps and can take several months, with healing time in between each part of the procedure. First, the actual implants are placed in your jaw. These are small posts that are made of titanium and resemble screws. Titanium is an extremely durable metal, and in time, these posts will fuse to the bones in your jaw and become permanent. After a period of healing, the next step involves attaching the crowns to the implants.
If you would like to replace a full row of teeth, our Washington, DC implant dentists also offer all-on-4 dental implants, which has a similar procedure as singular implants; the only difference is that four implants are used to support a complete row of artificial teeth.
Caring for implants is as easy and brushing and flossing. You should always use plastic instruments, like picks, with implants, because metal can scratch the crowns. Regular dental checkups are important for people who wear implants. Even though the teeth are artificial, gum problems can still occur with implants, and regular checkups will ensure that the implants and the crowns are in good condition.
Not everyone can get dental implants. For them to be successful, a patient must have enough bone in their jaw for the posts to be implanted into. When you lose teeth, the bone in your jaw immediately begins to deteriorate. If you’ve been without teeth for a long time, it’s possible that you do not have enough bone left for implants. A thorough dental examination is necessary for our dental implant dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. Your medical history will also be examined, because people with some health problems may be likely to have implant failure.