Washington D.C. Dental Implants – Dr. Ingber

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that almost 70 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost a tooth due to trauma, disease or decay. What’s more: one in four adults has lost all permanent teeth by age 74.

Many of Dr. Ingber’s patients who once struggled with a missing tooth or teeth have found great relief with dental implants. Implants are highly preferable to alternatives such as dentures, which don’t offer the same stability and long-lasting results.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants replace natural teeth that have fallen out or been extracted. An implant consists of two parts: a small titanium post, or screw, that functions as an artificial tooth root, and a prosthetic tooth that affixes to the top of the post.

Dental implants can support a single crown or a fixed bridge. If necessary, several implant posts can support a full set of upper or lower dentures.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Implants are designed to replicate the appearance and function of a normal tooth. If you would like to permanently replace a tooth that has fallen out or been extracted (because of extreme disease, a traumatic event or significant wear), implants might be a good option for you. However, the implant placement process is a little more complex than placing a dental crown or a veneer. It requires a surgical procedure to place the implant post in the jawbone. Therefore, if you would feel more comfortable with a non-surgical restoration option, you may want to consider something like a dental bridge or a partial denture appliance.

Sufficient Jawbone

One of the most important criteria that a dental implant candidate should meet is sufficient bone to anchor the implants in the jaw. Since the implant posts are placed in your jaw and intended to last for many years, you need to have a certain amount of healthy jawbone in order to support the posts. Not having enough bone will not disqualify you from getting implants, though. There are procedures available to rebuild the bone to prepare it for implant placement. Dr. Ingber will evaluate the quality of your jawbone during your consultation and determine whether it is sufficient for implants.

Overall Health Condition

Other important factors to consider include the health of your gums and your overall health. You should be in good physical and psychological health and not smoke, as smoking can compromise the mouth’s healing process. You should inform Dr. Ingber of your medical history and list all of the medications (prescription, over-the-counter, herbal supplements) that you take. You may not think this information is relevant, but it is!

Commitment to Proper Care and Maintenance

Appropriate dental implants candidates are also willing and able to take good care of their restoration. You need to commit to maintaining your implant; this includes daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to the dentist for professional exams and cleanings.

Other Considerations

You may not be a suitable candidate for dental implants if you:
• Are pregnant
• Smoke regularly and heavily
• Have a chronic disease (e.g., uncontrolled diabetes, significant immune deficiencies)
• Are young and your jawbone is still growing
• Are not willing to follow Dr. Ingber’s instructions, especially for implant recovery and the proper care/maintenance


The Implant Placement Process

Implant placement is usually a two-part process. First, the titanium implant post is surgically placed in the jawbone underneath the gap left by the missing tooth. This requires making a small incision in the gums and a small hole in the jawbone, where the post is securely placed. The second stage is the healing process, known as osseointegration, where the gums heal around the implant posts to form a strong foundation for the artificial tooth. Finally, after the gums and implant post have healed, the post is uncovered and topped with a porcelain crown or fixed bridge.

Recovering from Dental Implant Placement

Everyone recovers from dental implants treatment differently. However, sometimes minor swelling, bruising and discomfort occur. Pain medication can be prescribed to help relieve any discomfort.

You should eat a diet of soft foods only for five to seven days after implant placement. See some examples of Foods to Eat While You Recover from Implant Surgery.

Several follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your healing progress and give you the opportunity to ask questions or address any concerns.

After your implant has healed, it’s important to brush and floss daily, and visit Dr. Ingber for regular check-ups and cleanings.

Schedule a Dental Implants Consultation

If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, please contact Dr. Ingber’s practice by calling (202) 331-7474 or sending an email.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants are advantageous for several reasons.

First, since they are permanently implanted in the jawbone, they won’t shift or slide around in the mouth (unlike dentures or a traditional bridge, which are not stabilized by the jawbone). The implant post keeps the jawbone stimulated and healthy, preventing it from deteriorating due to lack of use. This stimulation also helps maintain the integrity of your facial features.

The artificial teeth that are placed on top of the implant posts are crafted from strong, durable materials and look extremely life-like. No one will be able to spot the difference between an implant and the surrounding natural teeth.

Dental implants restore your ability to eat, speak and smile normally. With the proper care, they will last for many years.

Schedule a Dental Implants Consultation

If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, please contact Dr. Ingber’s practice by calling (202) 331-7474 or sending an email.

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