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What are Dental Implants? Washington, DC

There are many options available for people who are missing teeth. Though all options are available at DC Precision Dentistry located in Washington DC, dental implants are actually the best solution due to their overwhelming benefits. They are better for your overall and oral health. With growing popularity, many people want to learn more about what dental implants are and how they work.

Dental implants are made of up three parts, making them closely resemble natural teeth. The dentist office of Dr. Justin H. Deckard, located in Washington DC, offers many types of dental implants for patients missing one, multiple, and even all of their teeth.

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3 Main Parts of a Dental Implant

Dental implants typically have 3 separate parts; the implant, the abutment, and the prosthesis.

Dental Implant Post

The implant itself (known as the fixture) is a screw-like post that is placed in the jaw bone. The post is made up of titanium, a type of metal known for its strength and ability to fuse with the parts of the human body. A process called osseointegration takes place where the bone cells attach themselves to the fixture creating a very strong bond.

Even though this metal post is very light and small, it is actually durable enough to support the dental restoration. An implant is cylinder-shaped, resembling a typical screw. A dental implant will actually replace the missing tooth’s root making them the only teeth replacement option to replace the root structure. This is will prevent bone loss in the jaw, a major downfall with other dental restorations.


An abutment is a tiny metal piece that is connected to the implant post after it is fully healed. It typically takes about three to six months for the fixture to heal and fuse with the jaw bone. After that, another minor surgery is needed to uncover the implant, and an abutment will be screwed or cemented to the fixture. The abutment will sit right at the gum line and will support the dental prosthesis.


The prosthesis is the last part to be added and will look and function like a real tooth/teeth. With advances in dental technology, restorations can be made from different materials that will look just like natural teeth and will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. The kind of prosthesis you need depends on the number of teeth you are missing and where they are located. A dental crown is typically used when a single tooth is missing.

It will be cemented or screwed onto the abutment. For multiple missing teeth, Dr. Deckard will restore them with either a bridge or denture. A dental bridge is typically used for multiple consecutive missing teeth. These types of prostheses can be secured to the abutment by snapping them into place, permanently fixed in place with tiny screws, or cemented into place. We offer dental restorations that are color-matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Choose Dr. Deckard for Dental Implants

Dr. Deckard is a talented and experienced dental implant dentist. He is capable of performing all phases of the dental implant process at his dentist office in Washington DC. This will save you travel time to other offices and the hassle of additional bills.

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