Dental Implants Washington, DC

Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano III, DDS provides dental implants in Washington, D.C. A dental implant is a restorative dentistry option made of a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone to replace the root of a missing tooth. When fully integrated with the bone, the dental implant will provide stability and support for a replacement tooth. A dental implant can support a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or a denture.

The Makeup of Dental Implants

A dental implant is made up of three separate parts. First, a titanium implant post is the piece that the dentist places in your jawbone. It fuses with the bone, providing extra stability. Next, the dentist attaches an abutment to the implant post. It connects the implant post to the final restoration for your implant. Dental implants support a variety of restorations that depend on your needs. A dental crown, bridge, or fixed denture can all be used.

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Benefits of Dental Implants in Washington, D.C.

Implants offer multiple benefits to patients. Dental implants:

  • Restore damaged or decayed teeth
  • Restore normal chewing and biting ability
  • Have no dietary restrictions
  • Are a conservative treatment option
  • Prevent other teeth from shifting out of alignment over time
  • Reduce the risk of gum infection and tooth decay
  • Prevent further jaw bone loss
  • Have a long-term success rate of 90-95%

Bone Grafting

Patients who are not typical candidates for dental implants can benefit from a bone graft. Dental implants rely on bone tissue to support the titanium post. However, patients who have lost one or more teeth may not have tooth roots or enough healthy bone tissue.

A bone grafting procedure is sometimes needed to prepare for a new restoration, whether that includes dental implants or an implant-secured bridge or denture. Different types of bone grafts may be performed after a tooth extraction to maintain the shape of the jawbone. Other grafting methods may address significant bone loss.

Dental Implants Treatment in Washington D.C.

Dr. Catanzano coordinates the surgical placement of the implant with a local specialist. The specialist inserts the implant into the jawbone. It typically takes three to six months for the implant to heal and fully integrate with the jawbone. In some cases, we will place the dental crown during this visit. Other times, the dentist places a provisional crown while the implant heals.

After healing, Dr. Catanzano will attach the dental crown, bridge, or denture. Your restoration will look and function similarly to your natural teeth. You can brush and floss normally. Routine visits to the dentist will ensure the long-term health and function of the dental implant.

Dental Implant FAQs

Do dental implants hurt?

An anesthetic numbs the treatment area during the dental implant procedure. Dental implants also require a healing period of 3 to 6 months, during which they fuse with bone tissue in the jaw. You may feel some pain after the treatment, and you should call our office if your pain exceeds several days.

How long do dental implants last?

With the right dental care, dental implants can last patients for up to 20 years. scheduling regular dental cleanings in our office as well as brushing and flossing regularly can help you maintain a healthy smile.

How soon can you receive dental implants after a tooth extraction?

Sometimes the dentist places the implants in the same office visit as tooth extraction, often using advanced treatment planning and a process known as All On Four. Typically, the soft tissue requires months of healing before the dentist can place the implant. However, patients should not wait too long to replace a tooth or teeth because multiple aesthetic and oral health problems can arise.

Schedule a Dental Exam and Consultation

Call our Washington, D.C. office for dental implant treatment at 202-315-2188. Request an appointment with Dr. Catanzano online anytime.