Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are inserted into your jawbone and topped with a dental crown. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or replace multiple missing teeth. They can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Your dentist will determine if dental implants are right for you based on a variety of factors, including your oral and overall health, as well as the structure of your jawbone. The best way to learn if you’re a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with our dentist.
Dental implants require sufficient jawbone density to support them. However, even if you have some bone loss, you may still be able to receive dental implants. Your dentist can use bone grafting techniques to rebuild your jawbone before placing your implant.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
During the procedure, a small incision will be made in the gum line. A small hole will be drilled into the jawbone, and a titanium post will be inserted. The post will fuse with the jawbone and serve as the root for the artificial tooth. Once an implant is placed, the bone and implant bond together through a process called osseointegration. The gum line will be stitched closed, and the patient will be sent home with pain medication.
This healing process after the procedure is gradual. After about 4-6 weeks, the stitches will be removed.
Once the abutment and dental crown have been fabricated, the patient will return for the second visit. During this appointment, the final abutment and dental crown will be placed over the dental implant.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Dental implants allow you to speak naturally and with confidence.
- With dental implants, you will no longer have to worry about them slipping out of place and being uncomfortable.
- Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss.
- An implant acts just like your natural tooth root. This means that your jawbone will actually fuse with the implant, holding it securely in place.
- They can prevent bone deterioration.
- They reduce your risk of a sunken-in appearance.
- With proper oral care, your dental implant can last for a lifetime.
To learn more about our dental services, call Lanham Smiles Family Dentistry at (301) 459-0914 or schedule an online appointment. You can also visit our dental office located at 9500 Annapolis Road, Suite C6, Lanham, MD 20706.