About Dental Implants
Dentures and dental bridges were once considered the best solution to tooth loss, but this is no longer the case. Dental implants are at the forefront of modern dentistry, providing a quality and strength that other options pale in comparison. A dental implant is the closest thing to another natural tooth that a person can get. It is an individual replacement tooth made up of only 3 components: the fixture screw, the abutment, and the crown. Each of these components plays a simple, but crucial role in the structure of a dental implant (made by Zimmer, Nobel BioCare®, 3i™, 3M™, BioHorizons®, Legacy™ System, or Straumann®), and placed by our board-certified dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross.
- The fixture screw: The first section of a dental implant is made of a strong metal called titanium, which has the unique quality of being biocompatible with the human body. This property allows the bone, which will surround the fixture screw once it is placed, to literally heal and fuse with the titanium. The fixture screw actually becomes a part of your body, incapable of moving, sliding, or falling out, yet still remaining resistant to decay.
- The abutment or post: The middle piece of a dental implant is also made of titanium, and is a small circular connector, which can also be referred to as a post. Once the bone has finished healing around the fixture screw, the abutment (post) is fastened to it.
- The dental crown: The third and final component of a dental implant is the crown. This is the piece that will play the role of the restored tooth. It is also the only part of the dental implant that will be visible once the implantation process is through. Each crown in handmade, and rigorously inspected and adjusted until it matched the size, shape, and texture of your the other natural teeth.
Because of this amazing system, patients, who suffer from tooth loss, can actually gain a strong, beautiful, and reliable implant in replacement of any teeth that are lost. These new teeth or "super teeth" will last a long time if you are willing to brush and floss. There really is no better option. A dental implant truly is the cutting-edge of modern dental technology, and now thanks to Dr. Ross at City Smiles DC, they are available to you right here in Washington, DC.
Dental Implants Reviews
"City Smiles is awesome. Went in today to have an implant readied for a future procedure and as always the experience was great. Dr. Ross is very concerned with comfort and avoiding pain. When it comes time to get numbed up he goes slowly and takes his time---the process is virtually pain free. He also allows you to get fully numb before proceeding. I almost fell asleep while he was working on me!"- A.G. / Google / Nov 27, 2016
"I've had a lot of dental work by Ross over about 15 years. A great dentist, if you can afford him. Not a BC/BS preferred provider, and very expensive. Ask for prices before agreeing to ANYTHING. Top notch hygienists and receptionists. Latest technology. Good people skills."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 10, 2008
"Hands down the best practice in DC. I've been seeing Dr. Ross and his team for almost 10 years. They are all incredibly friendly, easy to work with, and in an emergency are more than willing to bend over backwards for you. On top of the people, the office is state of the art. There is never a doubt that you are getting the best care here. I would highly recommend Dr. Ross to anyone."- T.S. / Google / Mar 06, 2017
"I first went to Dr. Ross/City Smiles DC 13 years ago when referred by a long-time happy customer and I am SO GLAD that I did! I have not even considered going anywhere else since! Dr. Ross and his team are professional, skilled, courteous, and kind. (I consider them friends.) Ashley is my dental hygienist and she is terrific - always upbeat and adept. Dr. Ross checks on me each time I visit and has skillfully taken care of the more serious problems in my mouth when they arise. In fact, after my last oral surgery, Dr. Ross cautioned me that I might experience some discomfort or even pain when the numbness wore off. I anxiously awaited the seemingly inevitable pain and NOTHING! He's that good. And he works hard to be. Dr. Ross keeps abreast of the latest developments in his field and encourages and enables his team to do the same through training and continuing education. I can't speak highly enough about this practice. It's THE BEST!"- K.W. / Yelp / Apr 05, 2017
"City smiles makes me actually look forward to going to the dentist! Everyone is always friendly, and they all go out of their way to make you feel both comfortable and relaxed. They are genuinely interested in getting to know you and building a relationship with their clients. They are also very helpful in creating plans for dental care that work around your individual situation. I recomend this office wholeheartedly, as you will never have a more pleasant experience anywhere else!"- A.C. / Google / Dec 27, 2016
What to Expect
Prior to the dental implant procedure, a thorough examination will be conducted. The dentist will examine the teeth and jawbone to assess whether the gums are healthy enough and if the patient has enough bone to properly support an implant. X-rays will be taken to help the dentist develop impressions of the mouth to ensure replacement teeth fit accurately and naturally. A local anesthetic can be given prior to the implant to minimize pain and discomfort. The dentist will place the small titanium post implant into the missing tooth’s bone socket. During the course of the jawbone healing, it will grow around the implant.
The jawbone healing process can take 3 – 6 months as it lays a strong foundation for the replacement tooth to be placed. At this time, a small abutment, or connector post, is attached to the implant so that a new tooth, called a crown, can be placed. Other replacement options, such as bridges or dentures, can be used as well. The replacement will match the color, shape, and size of the patient’s natural teeth to give it a consistent look.
REMOVABLE vs. FIXED
Once the dental implant is set, a patient has the option of removable or fixed replacement teeth. Fixed teeth, such as crowns and bridges, are bonded into place. Some patients may opt for removable dentures that can be moved as much as needed. The dentist will work with the patient in order to determine the best option.
After the dental implants are installed, most patients report little to no pain. If there is any soreness, an over-the-counter pain medication can be taken. It is important for a patient to practice good oral hygiene after the procedure. This includes regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. It’s also important to keep up with regular dental appointments. If a patient practices proper oral hygiene and treats the implant with care, a dental implant is extremely durable and should last for a lifetime. In some instances, the replacement teeth may deteriorate due to wear and tear and may need to be replaced.
The cost of dental implants can vary widely depending on the number of teeth being replaced, and the complexity of the case. Insurance may not cover implants, but if the implants are deemed medically necessary, a patient’s insurance plan might cover some of the costs.
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Replace and Restore Your Smile
Call City Smiles DC to take the first step toward your new smile. Don’t let a simple thing like a missing tooth negatively affect your life. It’s much too short not to smile as often as possible, and with confidence. Call to set up a consultation for your dental implant today. If you want to be proud of your smile again, dental implants can fill in missing teeth for a more attractive appearance. Anyone who has missing teeth is encouraged to call our office in Washington, DC to make a consultation appointment, and find out about their dental implant options.