Dental Implants Silver Spring MD
Replacing Missing Teeth in Silver Spring
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Are You Ready to Reclaim Confidence in Your Smile?
Evaluation for Dental Implants
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask that you undergo a dental/radiographic examination and health history. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by either Dr. Tekle or by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon referred by our practice. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.
Dental Implant Procedure
Who is a candidate for a dental implant?
Adults of all ages can be considered for an implant. You must be in good health and have the proper bone structure and healthy gums for the implant to stay in place. People who are unable to wear dentures may also be good candidates. If you suffer from chronic problems, such as clenching or bruxism, or systemic diseases, such as uncontrolled diabetes, the success rate for implants decreases dramatically. Additionally, people who smoke or drink alcohol excessively may not be good candidates
One of today’s most exciting technical advances available in dentistry today is the use of dental implants . A dental implant is a small titanium artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to replace one tooth or several teeth. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support; they are permanent and stable. Implants are a great solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth. Implants can also support a bridge, replace a partial denture or secure a fixed ore removable denture.
Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Tekle can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Does it hurt to get an implant?
This varies from one person to another. Most patients experience very little swelling or discomfort which usually ends within one or two days following the surgery. Medications will be prescribed for any soreness or discomfort.
What is the success rate of implants?
The success rate for dental implants depends on the overall health of the person and location in the mouth. The success rate is about 95% for those placed in the front of the lower jaw and 85% for those placed in the sides and rear of the upper jaw.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of implants?
- Replace missing tooth
- Esthetic restoration
- Prevents teeth from shifting
- Teeth are secured to implants
- Restores chewing and biting
- Does not require cutting teeth down
- Stops bone shrinkage
- Implant may not bond to bone
- Takes longer to fabricate than a bridge or partial denture.
- Surgical risks
Call Elsabet H. Tekle, DDS Phone Number 301-384-7800 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tekle.