Aesthetically, missing teeth can cause people to hide their smile and lose their self-esteem due to embarrassment. And medically, the empty space left by a missing tooth can easily become infected with bacteria, causing other teeth to shift out of place and making it difficult for people to speak or eat correctly. Dr. Hines and the staff at Premier Dental Care are sensitive to the hardships a missing tooth can create, so we provide dental implants that help our patients regain their self-confidence, improve their health, and approach life boldly.

Installing dental implants is a complex procedure, and patients throughout the 20012 area trust the stellar reputation of Dr. Hines. We know that there are multiple dental providers to choose from, so Dr. Hines and the staff at Premier Dental Care are constantly looking for ways to improve the overall experience of our patients. Our office is conveniently located in Washington and we treat patients throughout the District of Columbia, offering them the opportunity to restore missing teeth in a way that looks natural and beautiful.

If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone. Check out these facts from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  • More than 30 million Americans are missing teeth in one or both jaws
  • 15 million people in the U.S. have crown and bridge replacements for missing teeth
  • 3 million Americans have implants, a number that grows by 500,000 a year
  • 10% of all U.S. dentists place implants, but that is increasing
  • The success rate of dental implants has been reported in scientific literature as 98%
  • The dental implant market in the U.S was projected to reach $5 billion by 2018

Questions to Ask When Selecting a Dental Implant Dentist

  • What treatment options do you use to restore missing teeth?
  • What’s your education and training in dental implant treatment?
  • How many dental implant procedures have you performed?
  • What steps are involved in the process and where and by whom are they performed?
  • What’s your success rate?
  • Which technique* and type of replacement teeth or appliance do you recommend for me, and why?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the risks of the treatment option you’re recommending?
  • What should I expect throughout the process in terms of pain, recovery time, eating, etc.?
  • Will I have teeth throughout the process?
  • What type of anesthesia do you use?
  • Can you share before-and-after pictures of other patients you have treated?

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The Process of Installing Dental Implants

If one or more of your teeth have fallen out, you may qualify for dental implants as a way to permanently replace the missing teeth. To find out whether dental implants are a good option for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hines in our Washington dentist office by calling (202) 793-7857.

Before you can get started, your gums need to be healthy, and your jawbone needs to be strong. If Dr. Hines identifies any cavities or signs of gum disease, this will need to be treated first. Once you are cleared for the procedure, the staff at Premier Dental Care will take an impression of your mouth so that the new teeth can be created in a dental lab. Each tooth will be made to match the size, shape and color of the surrounding teeth in order to ensure a natural-looking smile.

The next step in the procedure, having a metal post implanted under the gum line, is what sets dental implants apart from other forms of cosmetic dentistry, and Dr. Hines is a true expert. The metal post is secured to the jawbone in order to create a durable, synthetic root system that rivals the strength of natural roots with one exception – metal can’t become infected. Over the course of a couple of months, the metal post and jawbone will fuse together. This creates a level of durability that cannot be replicated in any other type of procedure.

Finally, Dr. Hines will secure the new synthetic tooth to the metal post at the surface of the gums. The attachment is so strong that patients can eat their favorite foods, maintain an active lifestyle, play sports and more without fear of their tooth becoming loose or falling out. Patients throughout DC are delighted with the results — especially when no one can tell the difference between which teeth are real and which ones are synthetic.

Patients in the 20012 area trust Dr. Hines and the staff at Premier Dental Care to provide dental implants in a way that is comfortable and functional. With any type of surgical procedure, it is important to choose an expert in order to reduce your risk of complications or malfunctions. Dr. Hines takes the time to make sure that every aspect of the procedure is completed correctly – the first time.

Caring for Dental Implants

Our patients often ask, “Do implants come out?” The answer is simple — since dental implants are installed by creating a synthetic root system, they are durable and secure and will not fall out or become loose. This means you can go play basketball, run in a 10k, and wrestle with your kids – all without worrying about your tooth coming out.

Another common question is “How do I brush my teeth?” One advantage of teeth that are restored with dental implants is that they can’t get cavities! A replacement tooth, or crown, doesn’t decay like a natural tooth, but you still must brush, floss and care for it and your surrounding natural teeth and gums in the same manner as natural teeth. Regular professional cleanings and dental check-ups also are essential.

In order to care for your dental implants, we advise patients to brush and floss them throughout the day just like they would for natural teeth. It’s also important to schedule dental exams and cleanings with Dr. Hines at least twice a year. The staff at Premier Dental Care will help to clean your dental implants and ensure that they stay healthy, because while dental implants cannot become infected themselves, the teeth around them can. If, in the future, you suffer from a severe case of gum disease or a dental abscess, the infection can spread into your jawbone and put the security of your dental implant at risk.

If you currently have dental implants and your teeth start to hurt, call (202) 793-7857 to schedule an appointment immediately in order to identify any infection and treat it before it can spread into the jawbone. As long as you follow these simple preventative care steps, your implants and natural teeth should remain in good health.

Consultation

In order to find out if implants are right for you, call (202) 793-7857. Dr. Hines and the staff at Premier Dental Care are friendly, welcoming, and will take the time to educate you about your options and make a detailed recommendation about which direction you should go for replacing your missing teeth. Patients throughout Washington, D.C., trust Dr. Hines to replace their teeth in the way that helps them to accomplish their lifestyle goals. Just remember that you can have a beautiful and natural looking smile by working with a professional implant dentist. Schedule an appointment and let us transform your smile into something as beautiful as you are.

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Dental Implants FAQ

Q: I need to replace two missing teeth next to each other. Can I just have one implant placed and attach it to one of my natural teeth and make a bridge?
A: Generally, this is not a good idea. Over the years we have learned that it is generally much better not to attach implants to teeth. We frequently attach implants to each other, however, which can actually improve strength. Although it may be more expensive in the short term to place two implants instead of one, the long-term success is likely to be much better with the two implants.

Q: I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?
A: A large majority of people who have had their upper back teeth missing for a long period of time have increasing downward growth of the maxillary sinus. It’s about the size of a pea at birth and progressively grows as the skull matures, but at the expense of the surrounding bone. If you are considering replacing any missing upper back teeth with fixed dental implants, it may be necessary to first perform a sinus elevation to make room for placement of dental implants. This type of procedure involves placement of bone and/or bone substitutes into an area which was previously occupied by the lower part of the maxillary sinus. When successful, it increases the available bone use to place implants and restore the missing back teeth.

Q: I’ve had dentures for several years and have lost a lot of jawbone. My lower dentures are floaters and I need help. Is there still hope for me?
A: In most cases, with the new options available today in the field of dental implants, some form of treatment can be successful. However, we encourage people to get help as soon as possible if they are already having some problems, including excessive use of denture adhesives, chewing only soft food, an inability to taste some foods, constant mouth sores, or a feeling of unhappiness with the appearance of one’s teeth and bite position (in some cases the nose and chin getting closer together). The sooner the problems are corrected with dental implants, the more choices one has available for treatment. If you have any or all of the above symptoms, implants could very well be the answer for you.

Q: I am missing all of my teeth and am now wearing a full upper and lower denture. I can no longer tolerate my lowers. Will I need an implant for every tooth I am replacing on the lower jaw?
A: It is not necessary to have an implant for every tooth that is being replaced. Rather, the number of implants necessary to provide support depends on the type of implants and the type of teeth (removable vs. non-removable) that will be attached. In most cases, a thorough oral exam and panoramic x-ray is all that is necessary to determine the type and number of implants that are necessary. For more complicated cases, however, additional x-rays or CT scans may be required.

Q: I consulted a dentist several years ago about using dental implants to replace my lower denture, and he told me that I did not have adequate bone available to place in-the-bone implants without danger of fracturing my now fragile jawbone. Are there any alternatives?
A: Because of the advances in the field of dental implantology, implant patients now have more choices and techniques. In fact, it’s become rare that a person cannot receive an implant or a combination of implants.

Q: I had a root canal on a tooth that fractured, and now it has to be removed. Can it be replaced with an implant or do I have to have a bridge or a partial?
A: Teeth that have root canals can fracture more easily than other teeth because they are weaker and somewhat dehydrated. In fact, they can sometimes be as brittle as glass. In the past, the best available treatment was to remove the tooth, file down the adjacent teeth and make a bridge – caps on the adjacent teeth with an attached “dummy” tooth in between. Sometimes this still is the best option, but in many cases an implant can replace the fractured tooth without having to grind down any other teeth.