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When to see your Periodontist about your Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Washington DC, Arlington VA, Bethesda MD

Dental implants are a revolutionary way to replace missing teeth. Resistant from decay, these titanium posts help prevent jawbone loss, teeth from shifting, and they help stabilize the bite. With a success rate of nearly 98%, most patients will not encounter any issues after the surgical placement of their implant. However, certain warning signs may warrant a visit to your Washington DC periodontist.

If you experience any of these issues with your dental implant, contact Georgetown Smile right away.

Gums that are red and inflamed Immediately following the placement of your implant you may experience tender, red gums that are related to the surgery you had, although this should subside within a few days. However, if your gums appear to be red and inflamed consistently, this could be an indicator that you have developed the perio-implant disease, which could mean that your dental implant may fail. It is for this reason that you should see your periodontist for an evaluation. Our Washington DC dental implant periodontist, Dr. Vahid, can successfully treat your gums to ensure your dental implant remains stable.

You experience pain when eating or chewing Aside from the first few days following surgery, you should not experience any pain or discomfort while eating or chewing. One of the main purposes of your dental implant from a Washington DC periodontist is to provide you with a stable bite that allows you to eat and chew comfortably. Therefore, if chewing or eating becomes painful, specifically where your implant has been placed, get in to see Dr. Vahid for an evaluation, and he can restore the health and comfort of your mouth.

Teeth begin to shift or become crooked When placing your dental implant, Dr. Vahidn will take special care to ensure it is in proper alignment with the rest of your teeth. However, keep in mind that a noticeable effect of periodontal disease is shifting teeth. Therefore, if over time you notice that your implant is not where it is supposed to be, make an appointment to see Dr. Vahid. It could be that you have periodontal disease and will require professional periodontal treatment by your Washington DC Periodontist.

Never hesitate, always ask to be sure

When you leave our office at the conclusion of your dental implant procedure, we are sure to provide you with post-operative care instructions, and a list of what to look for in the event something goes wrong with your implant – which is extremely rare. However, it is always best to check with the caring dental team at Georgetown Smile should you be concerned there may be an issue with your dental implant. An examination does not take much time at all, and it is better to be safe than to be sorry, and risk losing your dental implant and having to start the process over again.

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To learn more about dental implants or to schedule a consultation, contact Georgetown Smile by calling 202 333 0003.

Triangle Periodontics welcomes patients of Arlington, Bethesda, and Washington DC.

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