Dental Implants Specialist

Barbara Baxter, D.M.D.

Dentists located in Washington, DC

A great smile can transform the way you see the world, and yourself. The accomplished dentists and licensed denturists at Barbara Baxter, DMD make dental implants for men and women of all ages. Located in Washington, DC, Barbara Baxter, DMD's experienced team can replace missing or extremely damaged teeth to restore the appearance, functionality, and health of your smile. To learn more, book an appointment online or call for a consultation.

Dental Implants Q & A

Barbara Baxter, D.M.D.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants, for many patients, are the next best thing to having natural teeth. When you lose your own teeth due to an illness, a traumatic accident, or tooth decay, it can negatively impact your self-esteem. You might also avoid smiling, or eating foods you used to love. Strong, durable, and aesthetically attractive, dental implants help restore the simple confidence that comes with having natural teeth.

A dental implant is a titanium post that's surgically anchored to your jawbone, beneath the gum line. This screw-like post is like the root of your new tooth. Once the post has been installed and your mouth has fully healed, a process that generally takes a few weeks, the dentist will mount a custom-made crown (replacement tooth) onto the metal post. The implants fuse to your jawbone, which makes them incredibly steady and secure.

Mini dental implants are slightly smaller than conventional dental implants. They are an alternative option if you’re looking to replace lost teeth and have reservations about the invasive nature of implant surgery or don’t have sufficient jaw bone to support larger implants.

These posts also help other dental work, like bridges and dentures, stay securely fastened to your jaw.

Why are dental implants so popular?

In addition to looking, feeling, and functioning like your natural teeth, dental implants offer the following ten advantages:

  • Can last a lifetime with good care
  • Are a cost-effective way to replace missing teeth
  • Help maintain your natural smile and face shape
  • Preserve your healthy jawbone
  • Help maintain the integrity of surrounding natural teeth
  • Help you talk casually and without worry
  • Don’t slip out of your mouth
  • Are durable and strong for eating your favorite foods
  • Aren’t susceptible to cavities with an implanted crown
  • Deliver reliable, state-of-the-art results for tooth replacement

Can anyone get dental implants?

If you’re missing a single tooth or a couple of teeth, you might be the perfect candidate for dental implants. Good candidates have healthy gums, and their jaws are finished growing. Dental implants are not appropriate for kids, as their mouths have not finished growing. However, implants are an exceptional solution for adults.

You could also be a great implant candidate if you are ready to replace a bridge or partial dentures, or if you’re tired of having dentures that slip. Patients who desire a more durable, long-term answer to dental work problems may be suitable candidates for implants. Your dentist discusses all your options and answers your questions during your consultation.

Schedule your consultation online or call Barbara Baxter, DMD today. A confident new smile could be just around the corner for you.