If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, dental implant restoration provides a long-lasting way to preserve your smile. At West End Dental in Downtown Washington, DC, Lauren Izadi, DDS, Edward Kim, MS, DDS, and the team use dental implant restoration to provide a base for crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
Dental implants are small posts made of titanium that provide a firm foundation for crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures. Unlike other types of oral prosthetics, they don’t rely on your remaining teeth for support. Instead, dental implants fuse to your jawbone.
Dental implant restoration uses dental implants to replace missing permanent teeth. When you lose teeth due to decay, gum disease, or other oral health problems, it increases your risk of bone recession and gum decay. If you’re missing teeth, you might also find it difficult to bite or chew.
Dental implant restoration rehabilitates your smile. What’s more, it allows for a long-term replacement solution. Crowns and bridges last an average of 10-15 years, but with good care, dental implants can last for decades.
To determine if you qualify for dental restoration, your West End Dental provider conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. If you have gum disease or low bone density, they might recommend periodontal treatment or a bone graft before placing dental implants.
During your appointment, make sure to let your provider know if you have underlying health problems like diabetes or high blood pressure, as these conditions can increase your risk of complications.
Dental implant restoration takes a series of appointments spaced several months apart. If your West End Dental provider determines you’re a good candidate, the team places a series of metal posts directly into your jawbone. The number of implants you receive depends on the number of teeth missing.
Following the initial procedure, you return home for three to four months while your mouth heals. Later on, you return to West End Dental and your provider takes custom molds of your remaining teeth. Your molds are sent to a laboratory that manufactures your custom crowns, bridge, or implant-supported dentures.
At your final appointment, your provider carefully lines up your prosthetics with your implants and bonds them in place. You leave the office with a fully restored and healthy smile.
Take care of dental implants like they’re your natural teeth. The team at West End Dental recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting the office every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.
If you play sports or grind your teeth, you might also want to wear a mouth guard. Dental implants are incredibly tough, but like your natural teeth, they can chip, crack, or fracture.
To learn more about the benefits of dental implant restoration, schedule an appointment at West End Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.