I Just Lost My Tooth. Is It Too Soon to Get A Dental Implant?

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When we greet and meet people, our smile is the first thing many men and women notice. And while everyone would love to flaunt a lovely smile, the unfortunate reality is that millions of Americans lack at least one tooth. But you don't have to settle for a sub-stellar smile because Dr. Woo Young Chang can help you achieve optimal aesthetics. So, if you're missing a tooth, for whatever reason, or have had (or need) an extraction, contact us today at CK Dental & Associates in Washington, D.C.

How soon can you receive a dental implant after losing a tooth?

To provide you with the best care possible, we first learn all about you – not just as a patient but as a person. Then, based on your unique needs, desires, and dental health, we'll tailor a plan to restore your smile and dental health.

Therefore, without a consultation, it's impossible to say whether or not it's too soon to replace a lost tooth. It's scenario-specific and depends on multiple factors, which the detail-attentive Dr. Chang always keeps in mind. Including the cause of the lost tooth. Was it due to injury? If so, how serious? Alternatively, if it was due to dental disease, we must evaluate the severity and scope of the problem. A dental implant is also highly reliant on the health and structure of your gums and jawbone, since it must have adequate support. Ultimately, your dental implant timeline will be as unique as you are.

Why it's so important that you allow us to beautify your smile and restore your dental health

Regardless of the timing, seeking this common treatment is important not only for cosmetic, confidence-boosting purposes but for your overall dental well-being. Ignoring the issue and leaving a gap can lead to even more troubling complications.

For example, the socket that's left in the wake of a missing tooth offers a hotspot for food particles and bacteria to congregate. The bits and particles that may get stuck here provide growing bacterial colonies with nourishment, as well as a cozy spot to multiply. It may be hard to properly clean these areas via at-home methods, allowing the buildup of microbes and the progression of gum disease. There's also a risk that the pathogens in the socket could access the bloodstream and travel throughout the body, causing systemic disease and illness in the future.

The absence of a tooth can also damage the jawbone itself. The tooth's presence exerts a stimulatory effect on the jawbone, encouraging your body to keep it fit and strong by repairing cellular damage. Yet, when that tooth is not replaced, there's a danger that the new lack of stimulation will allow the jawbone to deteriorate.

Lost a tooth? Contact us to learn more about restorative dentistry and dental implants in Washington, D.C.

At CK Dental & Associates in Washington, D.C., our restorative dentistry techniques are proven effective, safe, convenient, and as painless as possible. We're dedicated to correcting any issue, be it cosmetic, functional, or both, that may be troubling you.

Whether it brings you physical discomfort or pain, or it simply bothers you every time you look in the mirror, it's vital for your quality of life and peace of mind that you receive the best possible treatment. So, reach out to us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Woo Young Chang.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.