Dental Implants Overview
Preventive dentistry has gotten so advanced that today’s children may never experience a cavity and may live well into their senior years with their natural teeth. However, even with the very best preventive care, injuries, trauma and even tooth decay can still occur. When a tooth is lost or needs to be extracted, dental implants are often the very best choice available to replace it and maintain your oral and dental health. If you live in the Washington, DC area and are looking for a permanent solution for your missing teeth, contact L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts for more information.
Missing Teeth Can Be Easily Replaced
A gap in your teeth may seem harmless, but if left alone the teeth next to the gap will begin to migrate toward it. This can result in a couple of different problems – those teeth will become looser in their sockets and may eventually fall out, or their roots may collide with the roots of the teeth next to them as they continue to lean. However, when a titanium screw with an abutment on the opposite end is implanted into the jaw, as the gums and jaw heal, the implant will become fused to the jawbone and act as the root of an artificial tooth. Once the healing process is complete, a permanent crown is affixed to the abutment and it will be as if you never lost a tooth in the first place.
There are a number of benefits to implant dentistry. If you have lost a single tooth, the implant will mimic a natural tooth so well that no one will ever know that it’s a prosthetic unless you tell them. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth and if you brush, floss, and visit us at L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts regularly for cleanings and exams, they can last your entire life.
So what should you expect when you come in for dental implants? The implant surgery can be completed under local anesthesia and it generally takes an hour or less. Then the healing process will usually last from two to ten months and then you will be fitted with your permanent crown and you will be finished with the process.
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