Dental Implant Specialist in Rockville, MD
Dental implants will help you smile with confidence again! Learn more about the benefits of dental implants. Call our team of dental professionals today at Potomac Woods Family Dental Care or visit us online to book an appointment. We are conveniently located at 350 Fortune Terrace #101, Rockville, MD 20854.
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Dental restoration is a procedure done in three phases to replace missing or decaying teeth. If a tooth needs to be removed for the procedure, this will be the first step. Now that the gum is exposed, your doctor will make an incision to reveal the underlying jawbone
They will then use a dental drill to form a “pilot” hole in the jawbone. During this drilling process, an alignment pin will be used to ensure the tunnel’s orientation and depth are correct. At this point, a portable x-ray machine may be used to verify there has not been any damage to neighboring structures or that there will be any further anatomical complications. This pilot hole will be made larger to fit the implant. Implants vary in size, though most measure around 3/16 of an inch.
After verifying the properties of the hole with an alignment pin again, the doctor will use a screw tap to create threads in the hole, or they may use an implant not requiring this extra step. The implant is then screwed into place, and a cap is used to cover the exposed implant during the healing period. Stitches are used to close the gums’ incision, concluding phase one of dental implant restoration. After this, you can expect your gums to heal within seven to ten days. However, phase two will not begin until three to six months have passed, allowing the implant to heal.
These implants are usually made of titanium, as this material is highly biocompatible and can withstand the tension of the growing jaw. Later, phase two can be completed, in which a new implanted piece is introduced. During the second procedure, your doctor will trim back any gums that have healed over the implant’s protective cover, placed in phase one. This new piece, called an abutment, is set over the implant and will secure a dental crown cemented into place in the third phase. Generally, these procedures are performed under a local anesthetic injected into the gums.
Sedatives will likely be used with the local anesthetic to reduce stress and further diminish pain. However, patients do have the option to have a general anesthetic applied, as we understand this procedure may be anxiety-inducing. In either instance, the procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and most patients can expect to go home the same day.
Most dental patients do not experience an issue with dental implants, but it’s important to take the right steps in the event they break or need restoration. Dental implants may break if too much pressure is applied to them before they have fully bonded to the jawbone. Wear and tear are also a cause, or a broken screw might be the culprit. A dental crown that is visible above the gum line should also be replaced every 10 to 15 years. If your implant has broken, the only route to take is to replace it with a new implant. If a screw breaks, then this will need to be replaced. If a crown breaks or cracks, then a new crown will need to be created. Dental implants can last a lifetime so long as they receive proper care; make sure you consult with your dentist about cleaning and the best oral care for your teeth and, more importantly, your dental implant.
There are several advantages to tooth implants, and they may be cosmetic or health-related. Generally, people looking to get a tooth implant have lost and are missing teeth or have advanced tooth decay. It is best to rid the mouth of far decayed teeth, as it can lead to more severe health problems, like life-threatening infections. In the case of missing teeth, the open space allows for the shifting of neighboring teeth and can cause pain, misalignment, chewing problems, etc. This space can be filled with a dental implant that does not allow for the dislocation of existing teeth.
If you are missing teeth, you may also see speech impairment or a decreased ability to chew food. Implants further solve these issues, as a solid and immovable “tooth” replaces the empty gum space. In addition, this procedure will likely help restore confidence in a patient’s appearance.
A good candidate for a tooth implant does not have any bone disease or conditions that affect bone health and healing. Osseointegration must occur after phase one, and various conditions may hinder this process. Your doctor will gather a comprehensive health history when considering this treatment to ensure there aren’t any contraindications. You should not have any infections in the mouth, gingivitis (gum inflammation), or abscesses of the tooth.
Your jaw should be strong, and your gums should be relatively healthy; in phase one, your doctor will further examine your gums and mandible state to ensure procedural success. Additionally, it is recommended that smokers quit or heavily reduce their tobacco use before the procedure and keep it minimized throughout the three phases.
If you have any dental concerns or are interested in tooth implants as a possible treatment, please do not hesitate to reach out to Potomac Woods Family Dental Care, where we strive to deliver a wide variety of quality services to address all of our patient’s needs. To meet with a highly skilled dental team member, please call us or book an appointment online. We are eager to hear from you and guide you in optimizing your dental health. We serve patients from Rockville MD, Potomac MD, Bethesda MD, North Bethesda MD, North Potomac MD, Gaithersburg MD, and Derwood MD.
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