Dental Implants in Washington DC
Impact of Tooth Loss
Dental implants, the closest thing to nature’s design, offer hope for re-creating a healthy, new, and confident smile. They are intended to be a long lasting solution for tooth loss.
After an extraction, the bone previously surrounding the tooth will quickly remodel or “melt away” during healing leaving a concavity or “dip” in the bone (both vertically and horizontally). Maintaining the bone after an extraction is pivotal in helping to support the lips and cheeks thus preventing signs of premature aging.
Other effects of tooth loss include shifting of teeth and reduced chewing function. A missing tooth can also be an esthetic concern for most patients.
Dental implants help stabilize the bone and prevent bone loss through their functional use. Since bone integrates and bonds to an implant, a strong foundation is made which can support various tooth / teeth replacement options.