Dental implants have become the “gold standard” for replacing missing teeth. Implants can offer patients a long lasting, natural looking replacement for their lost or missing teeth, helping to ensure optimal dental health for the long run!
Dr. Andrew Cobb, DDS, a restorative dentist in Washington, DC, offers his patients coordinated care for all phases of the dental implant procedure. Dr. Cobb will bring in leading oral surgeons in the area to ensure high quality care for the placement of a dental implant.
Dental implants offer patients many benefits and can support overall dental health more successfully than traditional dentures and bridges because they do not require adjacent teeth to be degraded for placement and the implanted post allows bone to continue to grow around it, reducing the chances of jaw shrinkage from a lost or missing tooth. Implants have been proven to be more effective and long lasting- an important consideration for patients due to the higher cost of implants when compared to more traditional restorations. They may be more costly up front, but will generally be less costly in the long run for most patients.
Dr. Cobb will assess each patient’s dental health to be sure they are a candidate for dental implants using digital photography and 3-D scans. This enables Dr. Cobb to determine if there is sufficient bone for a successful placement of the post and provides him with detailed images that are used in the planning of treatment.
Typically, the dental implant process takes 3-4 months because of the time necessary for the implanted post to fuse with the bone in the jaw and heal. The final stage of the procedure is the placement of a crown or prosthetic tooth onto the post. This creates a “new tooth” that looks, feels and becomes a natural part of a patient’s smile.
Contact Dr. Cobb in Washington, DC to schedule a consultation and discuss your options.