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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?


They are the preferred solution today for replacing missing teeth, and almost anyone can be a candidate for dental implants. Infrequently, though, a medical condition or other circumstance may make installing implants problematic.  You can replace just one tooth, or all 32, with dental implants.Dental Implant washington dc

Usually, you will be considered a candidate for dental implants if your jawbone is in good shape, your gums are healthy, and are a non-smoker. If you do smoke, you will need to stop during the implant surgery, and for several months afterward while healing takes place.


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How Complex is the Procedure?


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The implant surgery itself is not complicated. It is very routine and we perform implant surgeries every day in our office under local anesthetic.  Most patients have the implant procedure done in under an hour and go back to work or on with their day.  Slight discomfort is normal but there is usually no swelling or pain.

It simply involves your dentist, Dr. Norkiewicz, inserting a titanium screw into your jawbone where your old root used to be.  The screw is used to anchor a crown, or a series of crowns. The healing process takes a fair bit of time, though usually 2-3 months, because the implant needs to fuse to your jaw, a process known as ossteointegration.  The types of dental implants we use are titanium because nobody is allergic to titanium as it is a very inert metal.  This usually takes anywhere from two to three months, but sometimes can require as much as a year.

Often when teeth are extracted we can place the implant on the same day with a minor bone graft.  When the tooth root is removed a socket is left behind which makes this ideal candidate for implant placement assuming the bone density is good.

You are an ideal candidate for dental implants if you are willing to commit to the time involved.  If you are not, then you might want to consider other alternatives, like dentures or bridge work.  Candidates for dental implants will want the best for their mouth and themselves.


What about Health Issues?


In order to be a candidate for dental implants, your gums have to be in good shape.  Healthy gums and good oral care are paramount to a successful implant.  Daily brushing and flossing is of course key.  Usually we will recommend a dental cleaning prior to placing any dental implants.  There is no point at all to installing implants in a patient who has uncontrolled diabetes, since the implants will a very low success rate and could lead to implant failure. As soon as your gum disease has been effectively treated, though, you can be a candidate for dental implants.

Some types of cancer, and uncontrolled diabetes, and heavy smoking can also make you a poor candidate for dental implants. Additionally, if you have undergone radiation treatments to your head or neck, implants are ill-advised.  Patients who have periodontal disease can actually be good candidates for implants.  However you must consult with our doctors and have a detailed treatment plan for your mouth.

Generally speaking, most people can have dental implants. Being able to chew and bite the same way you would with your natural teeth is a huge benefit. Really, the only downside to dental implants is the fact that the process can take 3-6 months until your tooth or teeth are installed.  If the missing tooth or teeth bother you then our doctors can make you temporary teeth in the meantime while you wait for the implants to be ready. However, if that is not an issue for you, you are likely a good candidate for dental implants.candidate for dental implants


Contact Us For Dental Implant Teeth


Would you like to find out if you are a candidate for dental implants?  If you think implants may be a good option for you and you have good oral health care, please request a complimentary consultation with the Lenfant Plaza Dental Arts Dental Implant team.

Call L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts at 202-488-8300, or request a consultation using the form on our Contact Us page. We are located at 490 L’Enfant Plaza SW #8210, Washington, DC 20024, and we look forward to seeing you.


FREE Dental Implant Consultation and Xray for New Patients.  Call 202-488-8300



Serving Downtown Washington DC, Capitol Hill, Southwest DC, Waterfront, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Northeast DC, Pentagon City, Crystal City, Southeast DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Mclean, Montgomery County Maryland, and beyond but patients travel from all over the Northeast for our services.  Located directly off the metro we are extremely convenient.


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