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By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
December 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out why getting dental implants in Rockville, MD could improve your oral health.dental implants

Millions of American adults face tooth loss. Whether you are just missing a single tooth or a whole row of teeth, our Rockville, MD dentists Dr. David Allick and Dr. Ghassan Jacklis have just the treatment option for you. Find out how dental implants could just end up saving your smile and giving you back the confidence you deserve.

When people lose teeth they often don’t realize what options are out there and so many of them turn to dentures. While dentures have been greatly improved over the years to resemble natural teeth, they certainly don’t function like real teeth, which can leave the wearer feeling disappointed. This is why it’s a good idea to consider dental implants before settling on a tooth replacement option.

Dental implants offer a variety of unique and wonderful benefits for your smile:

A Durable and Realistic Tooth

We think most people would agree that their goal is to get an artificial tooth that most closely functions and looks like a natural tooth. If this is the case, then you won’t find anything better than a dental implant. In fact, an implant is the next best thing to having a natural tooth. Plus, it can last several decades, which means that you could end up having this new tooth for the rest of your life.

A Healthy Jawbone

Your jawbone requires stimulation from tooth roots in order to continue producing new bone cells and to maintain its shape and density. When a person loses a tooth one complication is that you also begin to experience bone loss. The jawbone will recede and lose density, resulting in some pretty unpleasant facial changes (it can even cause premature aging). Of course, since implants are placed into the jawbone where they take over the role of tooth roots they will provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to prevent bone loss.

A Beautifully Aligned Smile

If one or more gaps are left untreated this means that your teeth will naturally begin to shift and move around to fill those gaps. As you can imagine, this can lead to a misaligned and even crooked smile. The last thing you want to deal with is orthodontic treatment on top of tooth loss. Getting dental implants ensures that your teeth won’t shift out of place.

Are you ready to give your appearance and your self-esteem the boost it needs? Then it’s time you scheduled your consultation with us. Turn to White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD, to give you back that beautiful smile.

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
August 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tired of the embarrassment, poor speech and compromised biting and chewing resulting from tooth loss? Looking to end this compromise dental implantsof 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.

Additional applications

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.

Learn more

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.

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about restorative dentistry from your Rockville dentist.restorative dentistry

Missing teeth detract from your appearance and may make it harder to chew and speak clearly. Dr. H. David Allick of White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD, shares information on several tooth replacement options you'll want to consider.

Bridges

Bridges offer an ideal solution whether you've lost several teeth or just one. Bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, suspended between two crowns on the other end. Crowns are hollow restorations that slide over teeth. Bridges are usually made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Porcelain, a material that closely resembles your natural tooth enamel, offers strength and durability. Bridges eventually wear out and may need to be replaced in about 10 to 15 years.

Dentures

Both full and partial dentures can help you restore your smile. An upper or lower denture consists of a row of artificial teeth set in a pink base designed to resemble your gums. A good fit is an essential part of the denture process. As your mouth heals and adjusts, several modifications will be needed to ensure that your dentures are comfortable. If you've lost several teeth in a row, you may want to consider partial dentures. These dentures feature tiny hooks that fit over the teeth on either side of the gap.

Dental implants

Dental implants are a good choice if you're looking for a more permanent tooth replacement option. Unlike bridges and dentures, implants replace the roots of your tooth. After the implants are placed in your jawbone, they'll begin to bond to the bone. Bonding ensures that the implant will be able to adequately anchor the crown that will be attached to the top of the crown. Implants also prevent bone loss, a common problem after tooth loss. Although you'll probably never need to replace your implants, you will eventually have to replace your crowns.

Dental implants are often used to replace a single missing tooth, but they can also be used to support an entire upper or lower denture. Implant-supported dentures are supported by six to eight implants placed in strategic locations in your jaw.

Are you ready to replace your missing tooth? Call your family dentist, Dr. Allick of White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD, at (301) 881-6666 to schedule your appointment.

By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
November 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

What makes a dental implant work as well as it does to replace teeth for life?

While there are other options to choose from when it comes to replacing one or more permanent teeth it’s important to realize that there dental implantsis only one that will actually be able to replace your tooth for life. How is that possible? What makes dental implants so much more resilient and durable? How can they last so long? Our Rockville, MD dentist, Dr. H. David Allick, has all these answers.

A dental implant is made up of these three parts:

  • The metal implant
  • The abutment
  • The artificial tooth

The Implant

The implant is the foundation from which to support a dental restoration. It is screwed into the area of the jawbone where the missing tooth once was. As your mouth heals from this procedure the bone and tissue will regrow around the implant, making it a permanent structure. An implant is designed to actually strengthen and protect the health of your jawbone.

Implants come in different shapes and sizes, and our Rockville, MD restorative dentist will be happy to talk you more about your implant options and what to expect from this procedure.

The Abutment

The abutment is the structure that is placed over the top of the implant and it is used to connect the implant, which lies under the gums, with the dental crown or other restoration. Some implants have built-in abutments while other implants will need to be fitted with an abutment in a later procedure.

The Artificial Tooth

For those with a single dental implant, a dental crown is placed over the abutment. This restoration is the part of the implant that will actually be visible when you smile. While crowns can be made from different materials they are usually made from porcelain or another tooth-colored material, which provides the most realistic restoration.

White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD is dedicated to giving you a smile you’ll be happy with. Don’t let tooth loss keep you from the smile you know you deserve. Call us today to schedule your consultation.