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Dental Implants

Are you looking for a reliable, natural-looking solution for missing teeth?

Look no further than Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates, P.C., in Washington, DC, where we create beautiful smiles using dental implants.

Learn why implants paired with our lifelike tooth restorations are the closest thing to having your natural teeth back ...

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is the next best thing to having your original tooth back. The implant itself is a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw, where it functions as a tooth root. Once the post has fused with the bone the dentists at Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates, P.C., in Washington, DC, can attach a restoration that recreates the missing tooth, from root to crown.
Illustration of Crown, Abutment, and Implant
A complete restoration includes the implant; the abutment, or connector that allows the restoration to attach to the implant; and the restoration, such as a tooth-shaped dental crown. A single implant can be used to replace a lone tooth or several implants can support everything from a dental bridge to a full denture.

Why Are Dental Implants Better For Replacing Missing Teeth?

Perhaps the most important part of an implant-supported tooth restoration is the part you don't see: the dental implant itself. This post doesn't just support the tooth. It also acts as a messenger that signals the jaw to regrow bone lost to daily wear and tear. Without these messages, the bone in the tooth socket and jaw deteriorates.

No other tooth restoration method restores both the tooth and the root. This flaw opens the door to bone atrophy and future dental problems as the jawbone erodes.

What Does a Dental Implant Cost?

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You can scour the internet all day to gather cost estimates for dental implants, but the reality is that you need a consultation to get an accurate quote. There are too many factors that can influence the price of implants, from the current health of your mouth to how many implants you need.

But we can help. With more than 35 years of experience, our dentists Drs. Mark Rusk and Will Thornton at Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates in Washington, DC, are experts in dental restoration. They can assess your mouth and offer the guidance you need to make an informed choice.

Take the first step to restoring your smile and protecting your future dental health by requesting a consultation today. You'll get a reliable quote you can act on.

We can also determine how much your insurance will cover. We accept multiple insurance providers and our knowledgeable team can help ensure you get all the insurance benefits you deserve.

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Dental Implant Treatment Timeline

The dentists at Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates, use quality dental materials and a trusted team to give patients teeth that are beautiful and functional. While dental implants take longer than traditional restoration methods and cost a bit more, patients consider the investment in their looks and dental health well worth it. While each case is unique, this is what a typical timeline looks like:

Dental implants are created out of biocompatible materials like titanium, which is durable and sturdy enough to take decades of use.
Dental implants are created out of biocompatible materials like titanium, which is durable and sturdy enough to take decades of use.


Either Dr. Rusk or Dr. Thornton will perform a preliminary examination and go over your goals with you to determine if you are a good candidate for implant-supported tooth restoration. If you are, we will recommend one of Washington's trusted oral surgeons or periodontists to place the implant.

Preparatory Procedures

Dental implants require sufficient bone in the jaw and a healthy mouth. If necessary, we will recommend treatment for gum disease or bone grafting before the implant procedure to improve your outcomes.

Implant Placement

Modern dentistry techniques make the implant procedure possible with little to no discomfort. The implant surgeon will numb the treatment area so you will feel comfortable throughout the treatment. A small incision will be made in the gums to allow for placement of the implants into the jawbone.

Healing Period

It typically takes between three and six months for the implants to fuse with the jawbone, a process called osseointegration. In many cases, you can be provided a temporary restoration during this time.

Abutment Placement

If the abutment connector piece was not attached earlier, it will be added to the implant now. This is a simple process in which incisions are made in the gums so that the abutment can be attached to the implant. It takes about two weeks for the gums to heal around the abutment.


Once the abutment is in place and the gums have healed, you'll return to our practice so that either Dr. Rusk or Dr. Thornton can take an impression of the treatment area. Typically we use a sophisticated iTero scanner to capture a 3-D image of the treatment area. This highly detailed image will be used to guide the creation of a natural-looking and comfortable restoration. Once we have designed the restoration, the information will be sent to our trusted off-site lab, where skilled ceramicists will craft a lifelike restoration.

Restoration Placement

When you return to the practice, the dentist will check the fit to ensure your restoration is comfortable and visually blends in with your teeth. Once you and the dentist are pleased with the results, he will secure the restoration in place.

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Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates, P.C.

The friendly team of professionals at Rusk, Thornton Dental Associates, P.C. provides comprehensive dental care to patients throughout Washington, DC. Dr. Mark Rusk and Dr. Will Thornton are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • District of Columbia Dental Society

To schedule an appointment at our Washington, DC, dental office, contact us online or call (202) 293-5805.

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