Dental Implants in Washington, D.C.
Your jaw and gums react to the loss of even one adult tooth. Whether you lost a tooth due to injury, periodontal disease, decay, or aging, a lost tooth can cause more than just a gap in your smile, such as further tooth loss or even bone loss in the jawbone. Because of this, we recommend quickly replacing the the missing tooth or teeth with a dental implant. The process is simple these days, painless and can all be handled by Dr. Norkiewicz.
What Are Dental Implants?
Thanks to advancing technology, losing an adult tooth no longer means your only options are bridges or dentures. Dental implants allow you to replace teeth by affixing them to your mouth, giving you the confidence of new teeth and healthy gums without the worry of loose or ill-fitting dentures.
Our experienced implant dentists perform single, multi-tooth, and “all-on-4” implants, leaving you with nothing but a great smile. At L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts, we use HIOSSEN implants – also known as the “second permanent tooth” – for two-step tooth replacement. The replacement tooth takes only a few short months and the tooth should last you for your lifetime with routine dental care.
The Team In Washington DC
When you come to Lenfant Plaza Dental Arts our doctors will evaluate your current situation and develop a treatment plan specifically for you. Everybody is different and every case is different. Some patients need bone grafts and some patients need bad teeth extracted. But there is no need to worry because we have seen it all and do not judge. Our job is to help you get your chewing back, your smile back and your life back!
The process for tooth implants includes several steps, but each is necessary to ensure the stability and health of your mouth and the new implant.
The dental implants procedure is easy. First, we prepare you for the implant placement by extracting any problematic teeth and assessing your needs for any bone grafts. We then surgically place the new “tooth root,” a special titanium implant or metal post that integrates naturally with your jaw, a process called osseointegration. Once the root is healed and the healing process is over, a brand-new crown or artificial tooth is placed on top of the implant, attached to the implant with a small screw, giving you the permanent tooth replacement you deserve.
Sometimes a bone graft is needed to fill in gaps in the bone. Most of the time we can collect your bone shavings with a special suction and use an autograph. Implant surgery is very easy and our patients are fine to go right back to work and continue with their day. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry recommends taking just Advil after implant surgery. Pain is minimal. Read about if dental implants are painful.
Why Is It Important to Replace Missing Teeth?
When you lose an adult tooth or your natural teeth, your remaining teeth can shift out of alignment. The surfaces of your other teeth around the open space also are exposed to decay and wear, leaving you more likely to lose more teeth in the future.
Beneath the surface of your gums, the tooth roots of the teeth not only gave stability to the tooth, but also interacted with your jaw and gum tissue. When you lose an adult tooth, the blood supply received by the jaw from those nerves is lost and can have a negative effect on your mouth. The tissue and bone in your jaw can shrink and recede, changing your face’s appearance and weakening your jaw. Your other teeth may then be susceptible to gum disease or periodontal disease. That is why we recommend the types of implants that we do.
Additionally, missing teeth can make it difficult to use dentures, you may have issues chewing and your diet may suffer, and you may develop difficulty speaking clearly.
By replacing lost teeth with single tooth implants, you are protecting your remaining teeth from shifting and further damage, and preserve the normal function of your jaw and gums. The long term success rate is well over 95% and the tooth can last up to 50 years if well cared for and you maintain good oral health.
Implants are at risk for peri implant diseases, however they cannot break or get cavities or ever need a root canal. You must continue to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist every six months for regular dental care as recommended by the American Academy of Periodontology.
How Much Do Implants Cost?
This answer depends greatly on a number of factors: How many teeth need to be replaced? Which teeth need to be replaced? What size will the implant be? What type of crown will go on top?
On average, implants range from $2,000 to $5,000 per tooth. If multiple teeth are missing in close proximity, then the overall per-tooth cost decreases. For example, in an all-on-4 case, only four implants are needed to hold the entire arch of teeth.
To determine the full scale of your dental needs, we offer free consultations and X-rays for new patients. Our skilled oral surgeons will look over your dental needs and make recommendations based on what will be best for your individual situation. For the best implants in Washington DC visit us!
Implant dentistry is not for everyone. Some patients are not candidates for implants, which is why we offer free consultations. Proper care is needed to care for your artificial teeth which is why we recommend dental visits every 6 months.
How Do I Get Started with Dental Implants?
Before getting dental implants, you need to have all your other general dental needs addressed. Cleanings, exams, and traditional preventative care is essential to making sure your mouth is healthy enough to fully support the implants. One of our dentists assesses your unique implant needs, giving you a custom price quote to get your smile in great shape.If you’re ready to make the leap into dental implants, give us a call today! We’d love to help you rebuild your smile! 202-488-8300