If you have teeth that are damaged, broken, decayed, or missing, explore the benefits of dental implants. This advanced treatment option can help you regain a healthy, confident smile and full dental function.
The specialists at Capital Center® for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are recognized experts in the field of dental implantology, and our practice has served patients in the Washington, DC area for more than three decades. Based on our years of experience and extensive training, we promote safe, predictable, and natural-looking restoration.
Beyond our work in practice, our doctors continue to advance the technology and techniques related to dental implant placement. Our founder, Dr. Robert Emery, is also one of the inventors of the X-Guide, a computer-guided system for surgeries that require extreme precision. This research-backed approach significantly improves the accuracy and lowers the risk of treatment compared to other techniques. Placing dental implants with X-Guide is quick, efficient, and minimally invasive, and the results are aesthetically appealing and durable.
An Overview of Dental Implants
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that your doctor surgically inserts into the jawbone. The implant replaces the root of a tooth that is damaged or missing. After the implant site has healed, your restorative dentist attaches a new crown — the part of the tooth that shows above the gum line — to complete the restoration.
Washington, DC patients choose treatment with dental implants because of the many benefits they offer:
- Washington, DC patients can get back a complete, natural-looking, and attractive smile. For those who have been living for years with missing, unhealthy, or broken teeth, the difference can be life-changing.
- Dental implants can resolve an array of dental issues, from a single broken tooth to age-related dental decay. We see a huge population of older patients who are losing their teeth to cavities, and, through treatment, we are able to restore their ability to eat and speak naturally.
- Dental implants recreate the root structure of the tooth, providing a replacement that is as strong as the original. This strength also means that dental implants are a lasting solution and tend to be cost-effective in the long-term.
- Implants help conserve bone in the jaw that might otherwise be lost, which can weaken the structure of the jaw.
Our Approach to Dental Implants
Capital Center® for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery includes some of the world’s leading experts in dental implantology. We have built a medical practice of like-minded specialists in order to offer the best treatment possible. Valuing patient education, we spend extensive time in consultation and make sure that those in our care know and understand their options. Our goal is for patients to make their own decisions about treatment and to leave our office feeling confident about their upcoming procedure.
Placing dental implants is a complex process, and successful outcomes depend on a practitioner’s skill, precision, and expertise. General dentists frequently refer their Washington, DC patients to the specialists in our office, and we coordinate extensively with them as part of treatment.
Advanced technology supports these efforts and improves accuracy in the diagnosis, planning, and surgical processes. With the X-Guide system, patients can receive dental implants with no incisions, greater comfort, and a faster recovery. The results are also more predictable and have a lower risk of complications than implants placed without X-Guide.
Your Experience With Dental Implants
Typically, Washington, DC patients will have either “immediate placement” or “delayed placement” of their dental implants. You may be a candidate for immediate placement if you have good bone quality that can effectively support an implant. However, many of our patients in Washington, DC need delayed placement so that the site can strengthen prior to receiving an implant. The process and schedule for these two options are slightly different.
For delayed placement:
- Your doctor will extract damaged teeth (if needed) and strengthen the jaw and dental implant sites with bone grafts.
- After a two-month healing period, the doctor will place the dental implants in a separate procedure. Patients may also receive provisional crowns or a removable appliance so that missing teeth are never visible.
- Two months later, your general dentist will attach permanent crowns, completing the restorations.
For immediate placement:
- Your doctor will perform any tooth extractions or bone grafting that you require. In the same surgical session, the doctor will place your dental implants and, if necessary, provide provisional crowns or a removable appliance.
- Two months after the procedure, your general dentist will attach the permanent dental crowns
The surgical procedures our specialists perform for Washington, DC patients are minimally invasive. Thanks to X-Guide technology, we make no incisions when placing the dental implants, which leads to minimal pain and a faster recovery following the procedure.
Capital Center® for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery offers patients local anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia during their procedure. We can also apply EXPAREL®, a long-lasting local anesthetic that improves comfort significantly after surgery. As a result, most patients do not need narcotic medications as part of their recovery. They typically require nothing stronger than acetaminophen or ibuprofen to manage discomfort, and, generally, they can return to work the next day.
Dental Implant Revision
Dr. Robert Emery is an expert in revising failed dental implants placed by other providers. If you are experiencing discomfort or if your treatment with another provider has been unsuccessful, he and our staff encourage you to visit our Washington, DC offices. Dr. Emery will talk with you about the symptoms you are experiencing, conduct a thorough examination to determine why the dental implant was unsuccessful, and outline a better approach to your care. With a data-driven process and through the use of X-Guide technology, your new dental implant will be:
- Placed with precision.
- Conducted in a minimally invasive way, with limited discomfort and recovery time.
- At a low risk for complications.
- Durable and long-lasting.
Learn more about dental implants and X-Guide technology by contacting us online or calling our office in Washington, DC at (202) 386-7100.
Dental Implants FAQs
How Important Is It to Have Dental Implants After a Tooth Extraction?
If Washington, DC, patients wish to preserve their facial structure, then dental implants are a necessity after a tooth extraction. This is because the bone in the jaw begins to deteriorate quickly after the tooth is extracted. While the patient may not notice at first, over time, the ridge of the jaw will eventually begin to fade, creating a noticeable sag in the mouth. If multiple teeth are missing, the entire profile of the face may change shape. Obviously, this isn’t ideal, and dental implants are a way to put a stop to this loss of bone. With dental implants securely in place in the jaw, they basically act as replacement teeth roots by stimulating the bone. This preserves the density and keeps the patient’s smile looking great.
How Long Does It Take to Place Dental Implants?
From start to finish, the entire dental implant procedure will take several months, as the implants need time to bond with the bone before the final replacement teeth are placed. As for the actual placement of the implants themselves, that process takes just one to two hours and is completed entirely at our Washington, DC, office. Patients will arrive at the office and be made comfortable with their choice of local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Then, Dr. Emery, Dr. Retana, or Dr. DiFabio will begin the surgery, gently screwing the implants into the jaw using the information obtained at the patient’s initial consultation. Once this is complete, patients will be awakened and given a few minutes to recover, after which, they can return home and continue resting there.
What Can I Do If My Dental Implants Fail?
Luckily, because Drs. Emery, Retana, and DiFabio are renowned experts at placing dental implants, patients should never have to worry about what to do if their dental implants fail. That being said, there is always a minuscule chance of complications, but if something does go wrong, all is not lost. The first step for patients is to schedule another visit at our Washington, DC, office, at which our doctors can take a closer look at the problematic implant. Then, Drs. Emery, Retana, and DiFabio will collect as much data as possible to see why the implant failed, including X-rays, photos, and more. After this, they’ll come up with a plan to replace the implants, which might include bone grafting to provide more density to the jaw.
How Many Missing Teeth Can Be Replaced During the Dental Implant Process?
The great news is that patients can choose one, two, or multiple teeth to have replaced during the dental implant process at our Washington, DC, office. It all depends on how many teeth are missing and in which locations. For example, if the patient has some spots of the jaw that aren’t dense enough to support an implant, they may require bone grafting first. In most cases, each missing tooth will receive its own implant to ensure the new tooth is stable and can perform like a natural tooth. However, if the patient is missing an entire arch of teeth, they may qualify for the All-on-4 system. This allows the patient to get a brand new upper or lower set of teeth with the use of just four implants.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Yes, dental implants are entirely safe, especially when patients are under the care of experienced doctors like Dr. Emery, Dr. Retana, and Dr. DiFabio. Most patients experience little to no complications, with the most common ones being swelling, pain, and bleeding. However, these usually resolve within a few days and can be controlled with pressure to the area and pain medication. There are a few more serious complications patients can be on the lookout for, though these are extremely rare. These include infection, injury to other teeth or blood vessels, nerve damage, or problems with the sinus cavities. If patients feel something might be wrong with their new implants, it’s best for them to schedule an appointment at our Washington, DC, office right away to have it checked out.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants Versus Other Options?
Dental implants have numerous advantages over other teeth replacement options offered at our Washington, DC, office. For one, they preserve bone tissue in the jaw to keep it strong, something that bridges, crowns, and dentures cannot do. Dental implants can also be installed without impacting the health of any surrounding teeth. Crowns and bridges usually require nearby teeth to be sanded down to make room for the new tooth, while dentures require any remaining teeth to be removed. Finally, dental implants look, feel, and perform like real teeth — patients don’t have to compromise their lifestyles at all. Unfortunately, dentures can lose their grip and slip around over time, affecting speech and chewing. What’s more, patients must remove them to clean them, leaving them with an embarrassing gummy smile.