Implants & Restorations Specialist

Allena Willis, DMD -  - Orthodontist

Smashing Smiles Orthodontics

Allena Willis, DMD

Orthodontist located in Washington, DC

Your teeth are put through a lot. When they need to be restored, you can look to top-rated cosmetic orthodontist Dr. Allena Willis Kennerly. Her boutique practice Smashing Smiles Orthodontics in Washington, D.C. provides a series of restorative treatments such as dental implants and veneers that can restore and transform your smile. To start crafting a beautiful smile, call today or schedule an appointment online.

Implants & Restorations Q & A

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that is used to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is made up of three parts, a titanium post, a connector (abutment), and a prosthetic tooth.

The titanium post is inserted into the jawline where the missing tooth would be. Then, the abutment is attached to the end of the post where gum begins. A prosthetic tooth is shaped to match the size and shape of your teeth and is attached to the abutment to create a new tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or a series of teeth.

This is a permanent form of tooth restoration that is one of the closest ways to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. With dental implants, you can continue to live the same lifestyle, eat the same foods, and speak in the same manner.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Anyone who is missing a tooth — for instance, when adult teeth fail to come through after baby teeth have fallen out — or has lost a tooth can be a great candidate for dental implants.

Those who lose teeth due to decay or because of poor dental health may not be able to accept a dental implant. Poor dental health or genetics can result in the decay or loss of bone inside of the jawline. This makes it more difficult for Dr. Willis to successfully insert a dental implant.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants mimic the look and feel of a natural tooth but are not susceptible to the same decay. However, the health of your gums is vital to the lifespan of your dental implants. Maintaining healthy gums will keep dental implants safe and secure in your mouth for years.

What is the difference between dental implants and veneers?

Dental implants are used to fill gaps and replace missing or pulled teeth. Veneers are porcelain caps that are placed on top of existing teeth to change their shape, size, and appearance. Dental implants help provide the groundwork for a successful smile restoration that can include the use of a porcelain veneer after the implant is in place.

If you are unhappy with your smile or if you are missing teeth, there is still hope. Call Dr. Willis at Smashing Smiles today or schedule a consultation online to create the beautiful smile you deserve.