By Dr. Howard
May 20, 2014
Category: Dental Implants
Dental implants have proven to be an extremely successful method when replacing a missing tooth or teeth. In fact, dental implants have a success rate of over 95%! Dr. Patrick Howard is trained and certified to help you get that smile you’ve always wanted, and dental implants just might be an option for you.
When considering dental implants, it’s important to know how they work and how they are placed in your mouth. Implants are inserted directly into your jawbone where the missing tooth was through a small surgical procedure. The implant will need time to heal before a final crown is put on. The implant fuses to the bone around it during the healing phase.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Patients who are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth are ideal candidates for dental implants. Listed below are some different options to look at to see which procedure is right for you.
- Single Tooth Replacement - This option is best for patients who are missing a single tooth, and only need one implant. The implant is inserted into the bone and replaces the root part of the tooth. A crown is placed on top to make it look and feel like a normal tooth.
- Multiple Teeth Replacement - If you have more than one tooth missing, this might be an option for you. If you have multiple teeth next to one another that are missing, implant teeth will be a support for the crown in between.
- All Teeth Replacement - If you have been using dentures and want a more comfortable and effective mouth, you should consider replacing all teeth. Dr. Howard can attach your removable dentures onto the implants. This puts pressure into the bone structures, rather than the surface as regular dentures do. This means no more slipping and annoying sounds.
Only Dr. Howard will be able to fully explain the options and treatment of dental implants. If you live in the Washington, DC area, and feel you ready for that perfect smile and an easier life, contact us today!