Dental Implants

A wonderful innovation in modern dentistry in our offices in Maryland is dental implants, artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed in the jaw and actually tightly adhere to the bone with such stability that they can act as anchors for individual crowns, fixed bridgework, or dentures. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Are you a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Fortunately, most people are able to enjoy dental implants. Smokers have a 40% reduced dental implant survival rate than nonsmokers, because smoking reduces the body's ability to deliver nutrients to the cells for healing. We encourage smokers to quit prior to implant placement. A short visit to one of our offices for a no obligation implant consultation will provide you with all the information necessary to make an informed decision on dental implants. We have an assortment of dental models that will clearly show you your options. We will explain fees, length of time for treatment and probable outcome. We encourage your questions.

The Surgical Procedure

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You are able to wear temporary dentures and eat during this time. The temporary dentures are stabilized with temporary implants that stay in place while the permanent implants are bonding to the bone. Patients receive medication prior to surgery to make them feel tranquil during the procedure, and to minimize post operative discomfort afterwards.

After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. We will uncover the implants and either attach healing caps to the implants for two to three weeks, to allow the soft tissue (the gum tissue) to heal and provide an opening through the tissue to attach posts which will either anchor a denture, bridgework or caps, or attach a bar for securing a denture, or we might attach posts to the implants and immediately secure a full denture. If a bar over-denture or fixed bridgework is our objective, impressions will then be taken to attach teeth for comfortable chewing and optimal esthetics. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.  

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