There are a few different options for restoring missing teeth, but dental implants are the only one that replaces the root. This makes dental implants the best solution we have for replacing teeth because they prevent and even reverse the loss of bone density in the jaw. When the jaw bone becomes deteriorated, it can impact the strength of your bite, your ability to eat certain foods, and even your appearance as your facial structures change. It is important to see your restorative dentist first before getting the implant to ensure the crown, bridge or denture is able to properly fit your bite.
At Blossom Dentistry, we offer the following types of dental implant solutions:
Single Tooth Dental Implants Crowns
The term “dental implant” refers only to the small titanium post that is implanted into the jaw. For a single tooth restoration, an abutment is attached to the dental implant, and then the abutment is used to anchor a crown that replaces the visible portion of the missing tooth. The crown is a perfect replica of the tooth you’re missing and this restoration option looks and functions exactly like a natural tooth.
If three or more adjacent teeth are missing, we can use implant-supported bridges to replace them. Unlike traditional bridges which are supported by crowns, these bridges are held in place by two dental implants which replace the outermost missing teeth.
This type of denture is held in place by two or more dental implants, rather than an adhesive paste. Implant-supported dentures can be full or partial, and fixed or removable (sometimes called snap-on dentures). An advantage of implant-supported dentures is that they result in a stronger bite, as the dentures have a stable base and do not slip.
Full Arch With Only Four Implants
If a full upper or lower arch of teeth needs to be replaced, we can use this type of restoration, which involves four dental implants used as anchors to hold prosthetic teeth in place.
Dental implants have a high success rate and patients are overwhelmingly happy with the results, which appear natural and restore function to their teeth. With proper care, which includes good oral hygiene habits, regular oral exams, and thorough dental cleanings to remove damaging plaque and tartar, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental Implants In Washington, DC
If you are considering dental implants to replace missing or damaged teeth, contact Blossom Dentistry today at 202-922-2900 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do dental implants cost?
$1,000 to $3,000 is the standard cost for just one dental implant. When you add the abutment and crown, those could add an additional cost of anywhere from $600 to $3,000.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Many insurance plans do cover at least some of the cost of the dental implant, as well as the abutment and implant crown. There are also out-of-pocket costs associated with implants, depending on the percentage your insurance company will pay.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, but routine dental cleanings and evaluation of the implant crown are important. The crown may need tightening over time.
How are dental implants done?
During surgery to place the dental implant, your dental surgeon makes a cut to open your gum and expose the bone. A space is made in the bone where the dental implant metal post will be placed. Since the post will serve as the tooth root, it’s implanted deep into the bone.
Are dental implants as strong as real teeth?
When natural teeth can be fixed, they should be. A healthy and strong natural tooth is better than a dental implant. With that being said, sometimes dental implants are the better choice, especially if significant decay is involved.
Do tooth implants hurt?
The dental implant procedure doesn’t hurt and any discomfort is minimal.
Can dental implants be rejected by the body?
Some people’s bodies are very sensitive to foreign objects or have undiagnosed allergies that can cause the body to reject the implant before the bone completely heals. Dental implants can also get rejected as a result of a traumatic bite due to the teeth not being properly aligned.
How many teeth can one implant support?
Depending on the placement of the implants and the volume of bone density in your jaw, as few as two implants can be used to support a four-tooth bridge. For implant-supported full arch dentures, as many as eight and as little as two implants may be used.
What is the failure rate of dental implants?
Dental implants have a success rate of about 98 percent, but some people experience dental implant failure. Only 2 percent of dental implants fail, either shortly after a procedure or months or years later.
How reliable are implants?
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%, making them extremely reliable. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
Are you awake for dental implants?
Yes. The procedure is performed with local anesthesia, sometimes coupled with sedatives to help you relax if you have anxiety.