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?

Dentist showing patient a dental implant supported replacement tooth model

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 

Dental patient discussing the four step dental implant process with dentist
  • 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

Animated smile during bone grafting treatment

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

Woman smiling and holding an apple after dental implant tooth replacement

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?

Woman looking at smile after dental implant tooth replacement

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 

Young person with missing front 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

Person with numerous missing 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

Older man 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

Woman discussing the cost of dental implants with dental team member

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.

Dental Implant FAQs

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If you’re curious about dental implants in Rockville, you’re in the right place! Please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly front desk staff if you have any specific concerns. Until then, we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants below. Read on to satisfy your curiosity!

How Long Do Dental Implants Last? 

Dental implants can last for over 30 years with proper care, allowing you to enjoy them for potentially the rest of your life. Their lifespan will directly depend on your health and lifestyle. It’s important that you maintain daily brushing and flossing, brushing twice a day for two minutes each session and flossing once a day. It’s also vital to visit our office regularly for checkups. During these appointments, we will examine your smile and ensure that your dental implants are in good health. Keep in mind that poor lifestyle habits like tobacco use can shorten the lifespan of your implants, which is why you should quit smoking if you do.

Can I Take Dental Implants Out?

No – dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone, which is why they can only be removed by a professional. Implants are made of biocompatible materials that fuse to the jawbone, allowing them to become a permanent part of the body during a process called osseointegration. However, some implant dentures are designed so the denture can be removed, snapping them in and out. In this example, the dental implants themselves stay in the jawbone because they are acting as artificial tooth roots.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Many patients find out that dental implants require surgery and automatically assume that it’s painful. However, your implant dentist in Rockville will always ensure that your mouth is completely numb before beginning the procedure. Sedation is also offered, giving you a deeper sense of calm and relaxation. As a bonus, the jawbone doesn’t contain very many pain-sensing nerves, which makes the surgery much more comfortable than you may have guessed. The procedure itself is painless but there will be some slight soreness after the fact. This can be managed by following your post-op instructions carefully, which will usually include pain medication.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants come with a success rate of 95% even after 10 years, making them an incredibly predictable and reliable option. The success of your implants will depend on a few factors, including how well you take care of them, how often you visit your dentist, the diet you consume, and your lifestyle choices. Additionally, the location of your dental implants can also influence their success rate. Implants that replace molars often receive more pressure and wear compared to the front teeth because you use them to chew. This can make them slightly more likely to fail.