When a missing tooth is left untreated, it can jeopardize the health of your smile. Dental implants placed at our Rockville office are the very best means of replacing missing teeth. These small titanium implants fuse directly to the jaw bone, providing the ultimate support for dentures and crowns. If you're missing teeth, contact our office today to find out if dental implants are right for you.
Dental Implants: The Basics
Implants have three primary parts:
- The fixture
- The abutment piece
- The restoration (which can be a dental crown, bridge, partial denture, or full denture)
The fixture is a threaded titanium post surgically implanted in your jawbone. During a process known as osseointegration, your bone will fuse to this piece, providing a firm base for your new tooth, much like a natural root. This process usually takes three to six months. Once this process is complete, the abutment piece may be attached to the implant. Finally, we can begin crafting your custom restoration. All of our dental implant restorations are custom made to match your tooth shape and color with true-to-life aesthetics, achieving a natural appearance.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide a wealth of benefits, especially for patients in need of dentures. Traditional dentures rest on the gums, secured with a very mild adhesive. Nonetheless, they can slip out of place when eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, remain firmly in place through all manner of daily function. Meanwhile, implants help you to retain valuable bone mass in your jaws. In the absence of tooth roots, the body will begin to resorb bone cells, causing the jaw to atrophy. However, implants have been shown to halt this process.
Are Dental Implants for You?
The very best candidates for dental implants are non-smoking patients with healthy gums and healthy jaw bones. Smoking hinders the osseointegration process that is so important to the success of dental implants. If you have waited a long time to address a missing tooth, you may have lost some bone mass, and a bone graft may be necessary to accommodate the implant. If you are interested in dental implants, Dr. Allick will be happy to give you an initial consultation and determine your eligibility for the procedure.
Schedule an Appointment with White Flint Dental Associates Today
Dental implants are widely considered a landmark in restorative dentistry because unlike any other restoration, they can actually replace tooth roots and preserve the bone structure of your jaw. If you ha ve lost teeth, we can help you reclaim the comfort, functionality and natural appearance of a full set of healthy teeth. Though the process takes two surgeries and requires several months of healing time, dental implants can provide you with a lifetime of confident smiles. If you are interested in dental implants, please contact our office today and schedule an appointment.