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Margaret Culotta-Norton, DDS | Dental Implant FAQ's in Washington, DC

1120 19th Street, NW Suite 400
 Washington, DC 20036


Dental Implant FAQ's

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent new root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like a natural tooth.

How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of teeth or partial set of teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, they are permanent, you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment, and the procedure is very successful. 

Who can place a dental implant?
Dental implants are placed by periodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons and restorative dentists.   

How much do implants cost?
Replacing a tooth with an implant is similar in cost to replacing it with a fixed bridge that you cannot take in an out of your mouth. The cost to you will depend on how many implants you are having placed and the amount of insurance coverage your plan allows.  Schedule a consultation with us to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.

Do dental implants hurt?
No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. If you have anxiety or fear you should discuss sedation options with us or the surgeon who will place the implants.

How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants should last for many many years. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.

Washington, DC Dentist | Dental Implant FAQ's. Margaret Culotta-Norton is a Washington, DC Dentist.