Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano III, DDS provides dental implant treatment to patients in Washington, D.C. A dental implant is a restorative 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 be used to support a single missing tooth, multiple teeth or a denture.
Benefits of Dental Implants
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%
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.
Treatment with Dental Implants
Dr. Catanzano will coordinate the surgical placement of the implant with a local specialist who will insert the implant, which is made of a titanium post, 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, a provisional crown will be placed 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 long term health and function of the dental implant.
Dental Implant FAQs
Do dental implants hurt?
Anesthetic is used to numb the area that is being treated 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 dental implants can be placed in the same office visit as tooth extraction, often using advanced treatment planning and a process known as All On Four. Typically, it will take three to six months of healing before a dental implant can be placed. However, patients should not wait too long to replace a tooth or teeth because multiple aesthetic and oral health problems can arise.
Schedule a Consultation
Call our Washington, D.C. office for dental implant treatment at 202.315.2188. You can also request an appointment with Dr. Catanzano online.