Missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment for many patients, but they also affect daily quality of life as well as overall health. Missing teeth can limit diet and alter a patient’s speech, impacting overall physical well being in the long run.
Washington, D.C. restorative dentist Dr. Cobb offers solutions for patients with one or more missing teeth, including dental implants, to restore oral health and enable a healthy diet as well as normal speech.
Dental implants help to support long term oral health by functioning much like a natural tooth and reducing bone loss often associated with lost teeth. The implanted post integrates with the bone like a tooth root and also prevents remaining teeth from shifting and changing the bite as well as the patient’s appearance due to jaw shrinkage.
Dr. Cobb has incorporated some of the latest dental technology into his Washington dentist office in order to provide more efficient, accurate and lasting treatment for missing teeth. Dr. Cobb uses cone beam CT, a more compact, faster and safer version of the regular CT that is used by dentists. Cone beam CT produces high resolution digital images displaying all types of tissue for greater accuracy in diagnosis and treatment planning.
In placing dental implants, Dr. Cobb also seeks to ensure that the bite is balanced and all parts of the occlusal system are working properly- an important factor for comfortable, lasting results.
Dr. Cobb will work with a local periodontist or oral surgeon for the surgical phase of the dental implant procedure, coordinating care and following up with the patient before placing the final restoration in his dentist office.
Dental implants are often considered the “gold standard” of tooth replacement and have an over 95% success rate among patients due to their comfort, natural appearance and longevity. They do not require daily maintenance other than regular oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing.
Your smile is part of who you are and often what people remember most about you! If you have missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cobb to discuss your options and bring back your smile.