Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Washington, D.C. dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Washington, D.C. Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Washington, D.C. dentist to schedule an appointment.
Did you know good oral Hygiene starts with straight and aligned teeth...
Great smiles are a huge asset in life, but how about a beautiful face. We recognize beauty when we see it, and it is not usually one thing that makes the face beautiful but all of it. Davinci learned about this phenomena and called it the Golden proportion. It is the proportion that makes us look at a picture of Cindy Crawford or George Clooney and agree that they are attractive. There is a universal recognition of good proportion running throughout the beauty of nature and art. We recongnise good proportion in the same way as we know how to divide a line in half or erect a perpendicular. We easily agree that a face looks too long, or too short.
For long now we were only obsessed with how a smile looks, we were making sure that it is streight and symmetric. We were making everyone have the "Roman Profile" no matter what race they were from. We recommended jaw surgery, teeth extractions, and headgears, because we were thought that the most harmonious face is the flat Roman Face. The result is we ended up with kids having long faces, short faces, or a sunken in face (mid-face deficient), TMJ Disorder, and kids having Obstructive sleep apnea and being diagnoses with ADD.
Today the well educated doctors are doing things a bit different. We have set a protocal to follow, we are responsible not to only give these kids a beautiful smile, but functionaly healthy joint, airway and proportional faces as well.
Therefore the nine keys to facial harmony we follow in our practice are:
- Fully Developed Upper Jaw
- Unobstructed Nasal Breathing
- Proper Forward Positioning of Lower Jaw
- Healthy TMJ Function
- Ideal Head Posture
- Avoidance of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Ideal Lower Facial Symmetry
- Elimination of Adverse Oral Habits
- Optimal Teeth Positioning
In my next blogs I will go over each one of these keys in more detail.
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