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What Are Dental Implants? Washington, DC

Dr. Andrew C. Cobb is a Washington DC dentist that offers patients dental implants from start to finish, bringing in specialist and surgeons for key aspects of the procedure. Dr. Cobb only works with the leading oral surgeons and periodontists in the Washington D.C. area to ensure the best results for his patients. What sets Dr. Cobb apart from other dentists is his experience and approach. A senior faculty member at The Dawson Academy, Dr. Cobb teaches some of the nation’s leading dentists. Dedicated to his own post-graduate training, Dr. Cobb logs many hours of continuing dental education each year.

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth, in the form of a custom dental crown, dental bridge or denture, which is permanently secured in the jaw with a tiny, titanium post. The post acts like a tooth root, stimulating healthy bone growth to avoid jaw shrinkage which often occurs after tooth loss. A dental implant functions like a natural tooth, enabling patients to enjoy normal speech and a healthy diet without restrictions. With proper dental care and good oral hygiene, a dental implant can last a lifetime.


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Parts of the Dental Implant

A dental implant is made up of 3 parts; the implant post, the abutment, and the prosthetic tooth.

Implant post – This is the bottom part of the dental implant that is surgically imbedded into your jaw bone, below the gum line. It is cylinder shaped and resembles a screw. It’s made up of bio-compatible titanium that will eventually fuse to the jaw bone creating a permanent and secure bond. This titanium post will act as the tooth root. Using Dr. Cobb’s specific treatment plan, a local Washington DC oral surgeon or periodontist will surgically place the dental implants.

Abutment – This is a small part that connects to the implant post. Dr. Cobb will connect the abutment to the implant post after it has fully fused to the bone. It usually takes around 3-4 months for it to fuse. The abutment will screw right on to the implant post and will sit right at the gum line. This part will support the dental prosthesis.

Prosthetic tooth – The prosthetic tooth can be a dental crown for a single missing tooth. The dental crown is typically cemented or screwed on to the abutment. A dental bridge or denture will be used for multiple missing teeth. They can be secured to the abutment by simply snapping them in to place. The prosthetic tooth is the part that will look like a tooth (teeth) and will be color matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

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Why Choose Dental Implants?

Prompt and effective tooth replacement is important for not only your dental health, but for overall quality of life. Although there are many options today for replacing one or more lost teeth, dental implants provide the most natural looking and functioning results with the highest rate of overall patient satisfaction. Other restorations may require costly touch-ups and replacement over the years. With proper dental care and good oral hygiene, a dental implant can last a lifetime. Schedule an appointment online today.