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Dental Implant FAQs Silver Spring, MD

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant consists of three different parts. The first part is a titanium implant post that your dentist will place into the jawbone. The next piece is the abutment which your dentist will attach to the top of the post. This connects the post to the final restoration. The final restoration is usually a dental crown for a single dental implant. We will use a fixed bridge or denture for multiple missing teeth.

How long does the implant process take?

To start the process, you’ll have a dental implant consultation at our office. We talk to you about your goals and budget and do a full oral exam as well. Your dentist will make sure that dental implants are the right solution for your oral health needs. We will then put together a personalized treatment plan for you.

At our office, we use advanced dental technology to map out your implant plan. The technology analyzes the best precise location to place the implants to ensure success. Once your dentists places the implant posts, they need around 3-6 months to heal and fuse with the jawbone. You can use a temporary restoration during this time until the permanent restoration is ready.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants do require you to have a certain amount of healthy jawbone structure. This is because the implant post fuses with the jawbone. This is what creates the stability. This post supports the entire restoration. Certain oral health problems and medical conditions may prevent you from getting implants. If you suffer from certain oral health conditions such as gum disease or tooth decay, you may require treatment before we can place the implants.

Does my insurance cover dental implants?

Everyone’s dental insurance is different. However, most insurance plans do not cover dental implants. They may cover some aspects of the treatment plan, though, like the fabrication of your dental crown or denture. We’ll work with you and your insurance to determine what your dental insurance covers and to give you the final price. We offer financing through CareCredit if you need assistance paying for your procedure.

Do dental implants require any special care?

One of the best things about dental implants is that they don’t require any more care than your normal teeth need. Make sure you’re brushing and flossing at least twice a day, in addition to visiting your dentist for a checkup and cleaning at least biannually. If you keep up with your oral health, your dental implants should last for the years to come.

Will people be able to tell that I have a dental implant?

It’s not likely. Dr. Alan Dechter and Dr. Matthew Moy use the latest developments in dental technology. The restoration will both look and feel natural. We will color match it to blend in with your smile or to be the shade of white you desire. The shape, size, and everything else will match your natural teeth.

How long do dental implants last?

Implants are considered a permanent dental restoration. The posts themselves are made of titanium, which won’t break down or decay as the years go by. As long as you keep up with the health of your gums, as they help keep the implant in place, they’ll continue to last.

Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation

Do you think that dental implants can be the solution for your missing teeth? Call us or schedule an appointment online.