Dental implants are a restorative dental solution for people that have lost one or more teeth from gum disease or an injury. Additionally, implants are a stable, durable, and aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement option. Washington, DC dentist Dr. Nishan Halim provides restorative dental care, including dental implants, to help his patients receive healthier and more comfortable smiles.
Request a consultation with Dr. Halim online or call 202.318.4113 if you want to restore your smile with dental implant treatment. Dental implants can be used on their own to replace a single missing tooth or can secure dental bridges and dentures.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants allow patients to:
- Speak clearly
- Retain the facial structure
- Maintain implants like natural teeth
- Support healthy bone tissue
- Facilitate normal biting and chewing forces
- Secure a dental crown, bridge, or denture
The ideal candidate for dental implants is in good general and oral health. The implant requires adequate bone in your jaw for support as well as healthy gums. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Halim to see if you are a candidate for implants.
Dental Implant Treatment
During a dental implant procedure, a titanium post is implanted into the tooth root. After a period of 3 to 6 months, during which the implant fuses to the jawbone, the post is capped off with a dental crown. Crowns are made of porcelain ceramic and give the appearance and feel of a natural tooth. Dr. Halim can place one or more implants in his office. He works with lab technicians who craft custom dental crowns. Dr. Halim may also refer you to a restorative dentist to place the dental crown or crowns.
Dental Implant FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about dental implants and implant treatment:
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. With good oral hygiene and regular dental care, your implant will stay in place and be able to support any attached dental restorations for years to come. Dr. Halim will monitor the condition of your dental implant or implants during routine dental visits. He can also recommend replacements for dental crowns, bridges, or dentures if you have older restorations. His goal is to ensure that your teeth and gums are comfortable and functional.
What is a failed dental implant?
Certain dental problems can cause one or more dental implants to fail. Dr. Halim emphasizes the ongoing importance of good oral hygiene and routine dental care visits to avoid implant failure. Poor oral hygiene, injury, or tooth decay are some of the most common reasons for implant failure.
Signs that your implant is failing can include:
- Pain or increasing sensitivity around the implant or gumline
- Redness or swelling around the implant
- A loose dental crown or denture
Is dental implant treatment painful?
We provide comfortable treatment using anesthesia to help patients feel relaxed. Implant surgery is also minimally invasive. Patients may feel sensitivity following the initial implantation, but we provide all of our patients with post-op instructions that include pain medication.