Dental implants in Silver Spring provide patients with the most natural looking and functioning tooth replacement when compared to traditional options such as dental bridges and dentures. Consisting of several parts, a dental implant replaces not only the visible part of the tooth above the gum but the lost tooth root in the jaw.
Replacing teeth is important for both the aesthetics and health of your smile and should be done as soon as possible to avoid the onset of more complex dental problems and changes in the fit of the bite. This can limit treatment options and detrimentally impact your quality of life.
What Is A Dental Implant?
We place all types of dental implants to replace one, several or all of your missing teeth. Dental implants are designed to mimic the structure of natural teeth and consist of three main parts:
- Implant post: made of surgical grade titanium, the implant post is surgically placed into healthy jaw bone tissue. The post serves as a prosthetic tooth root and plays a key role in helping stabilize the bone tissue and minimize changes in the shape of your jaw.
- Abutment: attached to the post, the abutment will secure the final restoration. There are other types of attachment possibilities for implant dentures depending on the type of denture used.
- Restoration: a prosthetic tooth or dental crown is placed on the abutment.
Drs. Dechter and Moy have incorporated leading technology for placing implants with a high degree of accuracy and the best possible patient experience. We use CBCT scanning in office for creating high resolution, 3-D imagery with detailed views of all aspects of your smile. These images are used to plan the strategic placement of implants, especially when being placed to secure a bridge or denture.
The Dental Implant Procedure in Silver Spring, MD
The first procedure is the surgical implantation of the tiny, titanium post into the jaw bone. The location will have been mapped out using digital imagery. Once implanted, the post will need several months time to integrate with the bone tissue and completely heal.
The next step is to uncover the post and attach the abutment which will support the final restoration. This step may be different if a dental bridge or denture is being attached to the implant. Once the final restoration, denture or bridge is attached your new smile will be complete.
We will provide instructions for keeping your new implant or implant supported appliance clean and maintaining a healthy smile. Today’s patients enjoy a success rate of over 95% and your implants will last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and routine dental care.
Dental Implant FAQs
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants have become the “gold standard” of tooth replacement due to the important benefits they provide for overall health and quality of life:
- Secure, permanent restoration: dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, secured permanently in place with the implanted post.
- Restores natural chewing ability: with dental implants, there is typically no need for dietary restrictions that minimize slippage of a denture or bridge.
- Confident speech: a stable restoration allows patients to speak normally and restores confidence in social and professional settings.
- Reduces bone loss: the implanted post stabilizes bone where the tooth root was lost and minimizes changes in the appearance of the jaw and function of the bite.
Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy will evaluate all aspects of your dental health and discuss your overall physical health to determine if you are a good candidate for placing dental implants. Key elements to consider are bone structure and health in the jaw, the condition of your dental health, medical conditions that can affect your ability to heal and your cosmetic goals.
Most patients will be considered good candidates for placing dental implants thanks to the many advances made in recent years. New materials and techniques enable us to address bone loss and other concerns that may have prevented patients years ago from receiving a dental implant.
Bone grafting, periodontal treatments, and other procedures can be performed prior to placing implants to address issues that could affect your long-term result. We work with all of our patients on an individual basis to assess their needs and provide treatment that is personalized, compassionate and designed to support long-term oral health and wellness.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
In most cases, dental implants are not covered by your dental insurance benefits. We will file a claim for you to maximize any amount of benefit that may apply to your treatment. We also offer convenient financing options
The dental implant process will span over a period of several months for most patients, beginning with treatment planning and the use of digital diagnostics to evaluate the structure and health of your smile.
How long do dental implants take to heal?
Dental implants take anywhere from six to eight months to fully heal. If bone grafting is involved the healing process may take longer.
Does food get under dental implants?
Dental implants function just like natural teeth. With dental implants your diet should not need to have any restrictions. Food should not get caught underneath implants because they go directly in your gums giving little to no room for food to get caught beneath.
What are the stages of a dental implant?
The first stage of a dental implant is removing the damaged tooth. If grafting is needed it will occur next. Then the implant will be placed. After this some time will need to be taken to allow one’s mouth to adjust to the implant. Then an abutment will be placed. After the abutment and artificial tooth or crown will be placed.