Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
The dental implants that we provide in Silver Spring, MD provide patients with the most natural looking and effective tooth replacement possible. They are better than other options such as dental bridges and dentures. A dental implant consists of several parts. It replaces the part of the tooth above the gum and also the lost tooth root in the jaw.
Dr. Alan Dechter and Dr. Matthew Moy provide complete implant dentistry in Maryland under one roof. Our dental office can replace missing teeth for almost anyone considering teeth implants after tooth loss.
Our dentists offer to quality dental care and advanced dental techniques for the best possible results. Consider Dechter & Moy Dentistry as your trusted source for replacement teeth, mini dental implants, implant-supported dentures and more.
Replacing missing teeth is important for both the aesthetics and health of your smile. You should replace your teeth as soon as possible to avoid the onset of more complex dental problems and changes in the fit of your bite. Having missing teeth for long periods of time can limit treatment options and impact your future oral health.
Dental Implants at Dechter and Moy Dentistry
We place all types of dental implants to replace missing teeth, from one to several. Dental implants mimic the structure of natural teeth almost perfectly. This replacement tooth consists of three main parts:
- Implant post: The post serves as a fake tooth root and plays a key role in helping stabilize the bone tissue and minimize changes in the shape of your jaw. Consisting of surgical grade titanium, the dental surgeon will surgically place the implant post into your healthy jaw bone tissue.
- Abutment: Attached to the post, the abutment will secure the final dental prosthetic. There are other types of attachment possibilities for implant-supported dentures depending on the type of denture you use.
- Restoration: The restoration is a prosthetic tooth or dental crown that the dentist places on the abutment.
Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy use leading technology for placing dental implants with a high degree of accuracy. Additionally, it offers the best possible patient experience. We use CBCT scanning in the office for creating high resolution, 3-D imagery with detailed views of your entire smile. Your dentist will use these images to plan the placement of the dental implants, especially if they are securing a bridge or denture.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
The first procedure is the surgical implantation of the tiny, titanium post into the jaw bone. Your dentist will map out the location of the post using digital imagery. Once in place, the post will need several months time to fuse with the bone tissue and completely heal.
The next step is to uncover the post and attach the abutment (dental crown) which will support the final restoration. This step may be different if you are having the dentist attach a dental bridge or denture to the dental implant. Once the final restoration (a denture, bridge, or crown) is in place, your new smile will be complete.
We will provide instructions for keeping your new dental implant and implant supported appliance clean. 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.
To learn more about the procedure, see The Dental Implant Process.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a safe and effective way to replace missing teeth. They provide many benefits such as improved appearance, better oral health, and increased confidence. Dental implants can also help preserve the jawbone and prevent further tooth loss. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, making them a great investment in your oral health.
If you’re considering dental implants, it’s important to understand all of the potential benefits so you can make an informed decision about whether they are right for you. To learn more about the benefits, see Benefits of Dental Implants.
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 permanent and will last a lifetime if you take care of them.
- Restores natural chewing ability: 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 dental implant post stabilizes bone, acting as the missing tooth root and minimizes changes in the appearance of the jaw and function of the bite.
- Prevent gum disease from lost teeth: Missing teeth can open up and expose soft gum tissue. By closing the gap that they leave behind, you prevent gum disease from taking hold.
Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants Treatment?
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 density 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 qualify 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 dental implant treatment.
Your dentist may need to perform bone grafting, gum disease treatments, and other procedures prior to placing dental implants. These are issues that could affect your long term result. We work with patients on an individual basis to assess their needs. We provide personal and caring treatment that will support your long term oral health and wellness.
Will dental insurance cover dental implants?
In most cases, your dental insurance benefits will not cover dental implants. 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 takes several months for most patients. It begins 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?
Your mouth takes anywhere from six to eight months to fully heal over the dental implants. If you need bone grafting, the healing process may take longer.
Does food get under dental implants?
Dental implants function just like natural teeth. Your diet should not need to have any restrictions with dental implants. Food should not get stuck underneath implants. The dentist will insert them directly in your gums, giving little to no room for food to get caught beneath.
What are the stages of a dental implant procedure?
The first stage of a dental implant is removing the damaged tooth. Bone grafting will occur next if you need it. Then, the dentist will place the implant during a surgical procedure. After this, it will take some time to allow your mouth to adjust to the implant. Afterward, the dentist will place the abutment and a dental restoration to complete the process.
To read more frequently asked questions about dental implants, see Dental Implant FAQs.
Replace your missing and lost teeth for a better look smile! We provide expert implant dentistry in Silver Spring and serve many surrounding Montgomery County areas near you. Contact our office at (301) 508-9755 to speak to our friendly staff. You can also request a dental exam and consultation with us online anytime and we will get back to you.