Tired of the embarrassment, poor speech and compromised biting and chewing resulting from tooth loss? Looking to end this compromise of your lifestyle and self-image? If so, Dr. H. David Allick and his team at White Flint Dental Associates eagerly desire to help. A true expert in the placement of dental implants at his Rockville practice, Dr. Allick takes smiles with missing teeth and returns them to full form and function. In other words, his patients can smile, laugh, eat, speak and even brush and floss very naturally with state-of-the-art dental prosthetics which reside right in the jaw bone.
The science behind dental implants in Rockville
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry states that dental implants solve the issues caused by teeth lost to gum disease, trauma or decay. How can these oral health care providers claim this? The answer lies in dental science.
Unlike conventional bridgework or partial/full dentures, dental implants attach directly to the patient's jaw bone. The screw-like implant device, made from titanium fuses to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration.
Over the course of several weeks following implant placement surgery, osseointegration forms a rock-solid foundation for an extension post and realistic porcelain crown to be attached to the implant. Studies published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry show that with good oral hygiene at home and at the dental office, the implant will last for decades--even a lifetime!
The dental implant process
Key to dental implant success is sufficient bone density. If your jaw bone is sizable enough and strong enough, you likely can receive dental implants. Dr. Allick carefully examines potential implant patients to be sure they have adequate bone and that their gums and overall health are good.
Dr. Allick performs this simple oral surgery right at White Flint Dental Associates. He anesthetizes the area and places the implant in the jawbone under the gumline. After the site is closed with sutures, the patient goes home to heal. After several weeks or months, the patient comes back to White Flint Dental Associates for attachment of the post and crown.
Multiple dental implants stabilize and support fixed bridgework (for one, two or more missing teeth in a row) or even partial or full dentures. This technology gives patients with substantial gaps or complete tooth loss the freedom of natural-looking teeth that act and feel like the real thing and that avoid the bone and gum recession that accompany tooth loss.
Why not schedule an implant consultation with Dr. Allick? He'll determine if you and dental implants are a good match. Call today: (301) 881-6666.