Patients Discussing Dental Implants With DoctorAt Capital Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our founder has brought together specialists who strive to be the best at what they do. The very core of our practice is a dedication to excellence – from providing high-quality surgical procedures, to offering a warm and professional environment for our patients.

Each of our doctors takes time to get to know the people in their care, including their reasons for wanting dental implants, their fears about the procedure, and their expectations. Dr. Emery, Retana and DiFabio treat every patient with respect and compassion and take time to educate them about their dental implants options so they can make the best decision for their oral health.

One important point they cover during their initial consultations with their dental implants patients is explaining what factors influence the success of the procedure. This information is vital, as it equips patients to know what to do and how to do it in order to properly care for their new implants.

Some of the largest factors that can influence dental implants success are:

  1. Having Adequate Jawbone Tissue

One of the most important factors that influences dental implants success for patients is adequate jawbone tissue. Dental implants need to be placed into strong, healthy bone in order to permanently fuse and remain secure. If you have had loose or missing teeth for an extended period of time it is likely that your jawbone has experienced some resorption. If during their examination, Dr. Emery, Retana or DiFabio determine you do not have adequate jawbone tissue, they will require you to have a bone graft before placing your dental implants.

  1. Having Healthy Gums

When you visit Dr. Emery, Retana or DiFabio for your initial dental implants appointment, they will examine your oral health and talk to you about your oral health history. If you’ve ever had gum disease, be sure to let them know. The success of your dental implants depends on healthy gums, and if you are prone to gum disease, you could be at a higher risk of dental implants failure.

  1. Practicing Proper Oral Hygiene

As we’ve mentioned in other posts, many dental implants patients wrongly believe their new teeth will require little to no care. However, the truth is that you will need to care for your new implants just like you did your natural teeth by brushing twice a day, flossing and using an antibacterial mouthwash once a day, and visiting your general dentist every 6 months for professional cleanings and checkups.

  1. Avoiding Tobacco

Smoking and tobacco use greatly decline your chances for a successful dental implants procedure. Not only does tobacco have a negative effect on your oral health, but it also puts you at risk during and after your surgical procedure. When you use tobacco, your blood vessels constrict and limit blood flow throughout your body. But when you’re healing from surgery, your surgery site needs all the blood it can get in order to heal properly.

If you use tobacco, talk with Dr. Emery, Retana or DiFabio about your options and restrictions before having your dental implants placed. They can even recommend a smoking cessation program if you need help quitting the habit for good.

Call Our Doctors Today To Schedule Your First Dental Implants Appointment

Dr. Emery, Retana and DiFabio are experts in dental implantology and have more than 35 years of experience providing expert care to their patients.

If you want to learn more about the dental implants process and find out if you’re a candidate to receive this state-of-the-art tooth restoration system, contact our office at (202) 386-7100 to book your first appointment.