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By The Bonner Dental Network, P.C.
December 07, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are one of the few permanent answers to missing teeth. Whether you are missing one or many, implants can replace dental implantsteeth, looking just as natural and functioning just as well as your own.

Parts of a Dental Implant
Dental implants are made up of three parts:

  • Implant fixture: The fixture is made up of a post, which takes the place of a tooth’s root, and is implanted directly into the bone underneath the gum tissue where the missing tooth once was.
  • Implant abutment: The abutment is fastened onto the fixture, and sits above the gumline. This is attached at a separate appointment after the fixture has been placed and the surgical site has had time to heal completely.
  • Prosthetic: The last part of the implant is the false tooth, constructed to look as natural as possible, and matched in color to the surrounding teeth so it blends in flawlessly.

The Procedure
A consultation appointment is necessary before the actual implant procedure. This is your time to ask any questions or put forth any concerns you have about your implants. Your Washington, D.C. dentist will walk you through the procedure itself, and x-rays will most likely be taken. A mold of the mouth is taken to send to a dental laboratory where the prosthetic teeth will be made. The fixture is implanted under general anesthesia. Once healed, the abutment is attached to the fixture, and the prosthetic tooth is attached to the abutment. With the implants healed and the hardware in place, caring for your new teeth is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice daily, and be sure to schedule regular dental examinations twice yearly. Biannual dental exams help your dentist keep track of how your implants are doing and determine if they need any adjustments.

Since the patient will have to undergo general anesthesia in order to receive dental implant surgery, they should be in good general health. They should also be in good dental health, with minimal bone loss in the jaw to ensure proper placement of the implant fixture.

If you are in need of dental implants, The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, D.C can answer any questions you may have. Call (202) 249-9131 to schedule your appointment today!

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