Posts for: April, 2016
We never get a second chance to make a first impression, or so the old saying goes. Similarly, it used to be the case that you could never fully restore a tooth once it was lost, at least not as far as the root was concerned. Sure, dentures and crowns do a fine job of replacing a missing tooth above the gum line. They make it possible to eat, drink, speak without a lisp, and also to look pretty good while doing it. But unlike the tonsils or the appendix, the root of a tooth is not a throwaway relic of evolution that humans can just as easily do without. From providing security and stability to the teeth to preserving bone tissue, what happens below the gum line, while not as pretty, is also very important to our oral and general health.
A Brand New Smile in Washington, D.C.
Dental implants combine the artistry of cosmetic and restorative dentistry with the health benefits of good old fashioned general dental work. Dr. Ralph T. Mazzuca, a dentist in Washinton, D.C., offers dental implants to patients in good health with sufficient bone density in the gums. The first step involves replacing the root of the old tooth with a small biocompatible screw. After a short period of time, the implant fuses to the surrounding bone and becomes firmly - pardon the pun - rooted into the gum, at which point the cosmetic crown can be attached to complete the restoration. Unlike natural teeth however, neglecting oral hygiene and professional dental care is not an option. In order to maintain the health and longevity of the restoration, recipients must be willing to commit to stringent oral hygiene practices.
Get Dental Implants in Washington, D.C.
For more information, and to learn whether you are a good candidate, contact Dr. Ralph T. Mazzuca at (202) 537-1088 to schedule an appointment today.