If you are missing teeth, dental implants could change your life. These small, biocompatible posts are inserted directly into the jawbone, and they can support a permanent crown, bridge, or denture. E. Richard Hughes, DDS is an expert on dental implants. He will make sure your implants are optimally placed and restored, and he can provide outstanding results efficiently and affordably. To learn more about how you can benefit from dental implants, contact our Sterling practice today.
Dental Implant Candidacy and Preparatory Procedures
If you are a good candidate for dental implants, Dr. Hughes will ensure that you understand all aspects of your dental implant surgery. This will include a discussion of the benefits and risks of dental implants. Before placing dental implants, Dr. Hughes will take digital x-rays of your jaw, allowing him to assess the amount of bone tissue present. Jawbone atrophy (shrinkage) occurs in the absence of tooth roots, and can compromise your candidacy for implants. If necessary, Dr. Hughes can perform a bone graft to restore lost bone tissue and create a viable foundation for implants.
Your x-rays will also reveal the proximity of your sinuses to your upper jaws. If the sinuses lay too close to the optimal implant site, Dr. Hughes can perform a sinus lift. This involves augmenting the upper jaw with additional bone tissue and lifting the sinus membranes to avoid any complications.
Placing Dental Implants
Placing traditional dental implants requires two surgeries. During the first surgery, Dr. Hughes creates an incision in the gums and drills a small pilot hole into the jaw bone. Next, he inserts the implant. Dr. Hughes proudly uses ramus blade implants. Their unique shape impacts less of the jawbone structure, meaning you may not require a bone graft even if you have suffered some degree of jawbone atrophy. After inserting the implant, Dr. Hughes will suture the gums closed.
Over the next four to six months, the jawbone will become fused to the implant. When this process is complete, the posts will have become a permanent, stable part of your oral structure. During a second surgery, Dr. Hughes will attach abutment pieces to the implants. These serve as connection points with your restorations. Dr. Hughes will attach temporary restorations to your abutments while our laboratory crates your permanent crown, bridge, or denture. He offers state-of-the-art restorations, including zirconium bridges, for the most lifelike results.
In some cases, Dr. Hughes can use mini implants to provide same-day restorations. Some patients may also qualify for a minimally invasive technique called All-on-4®, which uses just four dental implants to secure an entire denture. The dentist will determine your candidacy for this method and same-day implants at your initial consultation.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are widely considered the very best method of tooth replacement. Unlike other types of dental restorations, your implant-supported restorations will never slip out of place. You can enjoy all the tough and chewy foods you love, and you can laugh and speak without worrying that your restorations will shift. Implants can also protect your comprehensive oral health. They are the only restorative treatment that can prevent jawbone atrophy following tooth loss. Meanwhile, your new restorations will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Why Choose Dr. Hughes?
Implants can provide incredible benefits for your appearance, health, and quality of life. Therefore, you should choose a highly respected implant surgeon to make certain that you receive the greatest returns on your investment. Dr. Hughes is a leader in the field. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, and a fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. His testimony before the FDA helped to reclassify blade implants. Additionally, Dr. Hughes offers affordable treatment. His procedures often cost far less than comparable treatments in the DC metropolitan area.
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