General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC
Missing teeth are detrimental to both your look and your oral health. Thomas D. Sokoly, DDS, and the team at Sokoly Dental provide their patients with high-quality dental implants to improve the appearance of their smile and restore their oral health. To learn more about how the Sokoly Dental team can improve your smile with dental implants, schedule a consultation at their office in Washington D.C. You can book your visit by phone or online.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the most advanced tooth-replacement options available today. They’re tiny, titanium screws that are surgically inserted into your jawbone, where they mimic the function of your missing tooth root.
Because the body doesn’t recognize titanium as a foreign substance, your jawbone actually fuses with the dental implant.
Dental implants provide all of the same health benefits as a natural tooth root and serve as a sturdy foundation on top of which the Sokoly Dental team can affix a crown, bridge, or dentures.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are a safe, effective, and comfortable tooth replacement option. There are a number of benefits as well. They:
- Function, feel, and look just like your natural teeth
- Can be cleaned like your natural teeth
- Won’t slip around in your mouth (unlike dentures)
- Don’t require you to shave off enamel from surrounding teeth (unlike bridges)
- Hold your other teeth in their proper alignment
Dental implants also stimulate your jawbone, preserving the integrity of your jaw and preventing bone loss. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant is the closest you can get to having your natural tooth suddenly grow back.
What’s the process for getting dental implants?
If you’re replacing a tooth that’s still in your mouth, the Sokoly Dental team begins your implant procedure with an extraction, after which you might need to go home and wait until your mouth heals before moving on to the next step in the procedure.
Once you’ve healed, or if you’re replacing a tooth that’s already missing, Dr. Sokoly gently makes an incision in your gum and drills a small hole in your jawbone.
He then inserts the implant directly into your bone socket, stitches up your incision, and sends you home while your gum heals and the implant fuses to your jaw.
After a few weeks or months, when your implant has finished fusing, you come back to Sokoly Dental for another visit.
Dr. Sokoly fits your implant with an abutment that sticks up and out from your gumline then caps everything off with a crown, bridge, or permanent dentures. You leave the office with a smile that looks and feels like it was never missing a tooth in the first place.
Don’t wait any longer to give yourself a full and functional smile. Schedule your implant consultation today by calling the Sokoly Dental office or booking a visit online.