Dental Implants – Rockville, MD
The Modern Way to Replace Teeth
Bridges and dentures have been used for a very long time to replace teeth, but despite the benefits they offer, they simply do nothing to make up for the loss of your natural tooth roots. Dental implants serve as artificial roots for various kinds of dental restorations, which make your new smile strong, stable, and long-lasting. Are you ready to have a complete and confident smile again? Call Rockville Family Dentistry today for a consultation to discuss tooth replacement with dental implants in Rockville, MD from Dr. Modarres.
Why Choose Rockville Family Dentistry for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implant Surgery Performed In-House
- Dental Team That Cares About Your Satisfaction
- Options for Making Dental Care More Affordable
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are thin screwlike posts made out of titanium. They have one key feature that differentiates them from traditional tooth replacements: they are designed to be inserted into the jaw so that they can fuse with the bone. This lets them effectively fulfill all of the functions of natural tooth roots, and they can be used to anchor a custom-made restoration into place. Rebuilding teeth from the roots up results in new ones that look, feel, and function as naturally as possible.
The 4 Step Dental Implant Process
- Step 1: An initial consultation is performed. We will confirm that your mouth and jawbone are healthy enough for implants. Preliminary procedures can be scheduled and performed as needed before moving on to the next step.
- Step 2: Surgery is performed to insert the implants into the jawbone. Unlike some other dental offices, we can complete this step in-house.
- Step 3: The implant is allowed some time to join with the jawbone before we attach a connector piece called an abutment to the post.
- Step 4: Your crown, bridge, or denture will be designed and attached to the implant posts via the abutment.
The Importance of Bone & Bone Grafting
Dental implant placement relies on there being enough bone in the jaw to support the posts. However, losing teeth tends to lead to the jawbone breaking down, which means that oftentimes bone grafts have to be done before we can perform implant surgery. The tissue used to rebuild and strengthen the jaw is typically taken from elsewhere in your body, although it can also be provided by a donor if needed.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Implants have several short- and long-term benefits, such as:
- Replacing any number of missing teeth and being able to retain virtually any kind of restoration
- Keeping the jaw healthy and maintaining a youthful appearance
- Creating comfortable, beautiful new smiles
- Being very easy to maintain with good oral hygiene and regular dental appointments
- Improving the biting power and chewing strength of new teeth
- Having a long lifespan of 30 years or more
- Improving confidence
Who Can Dental Implants Help?
To be considered for dental implants, you need to be missing at least one tooth. You’ll need to be in good oral health before implant surgery; if we find that you’re not currently a good candidate for the procedure, we can schedule preparatory treatments to address such issues so that implants can be placed successfully. Dental implants can be used in many different situations in conjunction with a variety of restorations depending on how many teeth you’ve lost.
Missing Single Tooth
Even a single gap that’s located where no one else can see it can pose severe oral health challenges given enough time. An implant post topped with a crown can be placed into the gap in order to fully replace the missing tooth. Unlike a traditional bridge, an implant crown will not require the removal of any natural enamel from nearby teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Dental bridges don’t have to be attached to natural teeth. They can also rest on dental implants to fill gaps left by consecutive missing teeth. An implant bridge may be recommended if you have lost anywhere from 3-5 teeth in a row. You can also get a partial implant denture if the missing teeth are in different parts of the mouth.
Missing All Teeth
If an entire arch of teeth is absent, a full denture may be required. A traditional denture rests on the gums and is designed to be removable. An implant denture, on the other hand, is anchored to a minimal number of implant posts and is typically fixed in place.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of your implants will be affected by:
- The number of preliminary treatments needed
- The number of implants required and the restoration they’ll support
- The materials used to make the implant and restoration
An estimate will be created during your initial consultation so that you aren’t caught off guard by the costs later. Remember that implants last several times longer than other tooth replacements, so while they may be more costly upfront, they’re often the better long-term investment.