Dental Implants Specialist

Shaun Alex, DDS -  - General Dentistry

District Cosmetic Dental

Shaun Alex, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC

If loose or missing teeth affect your self-confidence and ability to chew properly, dental implants can help. At District Cosmetic Dental in Washington, D.C., Dr. Shaun Alex surgically places implants into your mouth to hold artificial teeth in place and achieve the beautiful smile you deserve. Call his office to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to hold artificial teeth or bridges firmly in place. Implants are made of titanium and shaped as screw-like posts. The benefits of dental implants are they:

  • Replace missing, loose, or damaged teeth
  • Improve the appearance of your smile
  • Boost self-confidence
  • Improve chewing, digestion, and speech

Due to the many benefits that dental implants offer, the procedure is the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Alex determines if you’re a good candidate for dental implants after reviewing your medical history and completing a thorough dental exam.

How are dental implants placed?

Implants are generally placed during a three-step process, which includes:

Surgically implanting metal posts

During the first step in dental implant surgery, Dr. Alex makes an incision into your gums that exposes the jaw bone. He’ll drill a hole in the bone to implant titanium posts, which serve as your new artificial tooth root.

Next, the bone surrounding the implants must heal and grow around the posts. This process may take several months. During the healing process, Dr. Alex may use a temporary artificial tooth so you’re able to chew well and speak clearly.

Creating a mold

Once your jawbone and gums heal, Dr. Alex takes a mold of your mouth that is used to create new artificial teeth. He’ll discuss with you options of removable teeth (such as dentures) or fixed crowns or bridges.

Attaching permanent teeth

When your new teeth arrive, it’s time for Dr. Alex to place permanent crowns, dentures, or a bridge, depending on how many missing teeth you have. He then fits you for removable teeth that snap firmly in place or permanently secures artificial teeth using screws or cement.

How should I care for dental implants?

Caring for dental implants involves the same good oral hygiene habits as with natural teeth:

  • Brush twice daily
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Avoid chewing hard objects
  • Attend regular dental cleanings and checkups
  • Avoid tobacco, coffee, tea, and other teeth-staining foods

When you’re ready to learn more about how dental implants can improve your smile and quality of life, call District Cosmetic Dental in Washington, D.C., or book an appointment online with Dr. Alex today.