If you're missing a tooth - or several - you have several choices for replacement. Perhaps the most beneficial of these options are dental implants, which are proudly offered by Dr. Carlos Abreu and Dr. Mahvassh Abreu of Washington, DC. They've answered a few of the questions they hear most often from patients who are interested in replacing their missing teeth with dental implants.
How are dental implants worn?
Unlike dentures, partials, or even crowns and bridges, dental implants from your Washington dentist are designed to be completely permanent. That's because the visible portion of the implant, called the crown, is attached to a post that is embedded in your jawbone. That might sound a little startling, but the procedure, which is done in our office, doesn't take long and the process is often compared to a cavity filling by people who have experienced it.
What are dental implants made of?
The post of the dental implant looks similar to a tiny screw and is made from titanium, a lightweight but very durable metal. Clinical studies have shown that titanium is also extremely biocompatible, which means the vast majority of people don't have a sensitivity to it. The even-smaller middle section of the implant, the abutment, is also made from titanium. Finally, the top portion, the crown, is custom-made from porcelain so it looks exactly like a natural tooth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
One of the first aspects you'll notice from your dental implants is that they seamlessly fit in with the rest of your natural teeth, evening out your smile in a completely realistic way. But the benefits of dental implants from your Washington dentist don't stop at looks alone. They're also very easy to care for, requiring no extra maintenance beyond regular brushing and flossing. Your remaining natural teeth are also at a much lower risk for problems, since the implant's stability will help keep them from shifting out of place.
If you're ready to experience the benefits of dental implants for yourself, contact Dr. Carlos Abreu and Dr. Mahvassh Abreu in Washington, DC today!