About Dental Implants
About Dental Implants Rockville MD
Losing one or more of your teeth is not the end of the world. In fact, it is not even the end of your gorgeous smile, thanks to dental implants. With dental implants, if your gums, teeth and jawbone are otherwise fairly healthy, you can enjoy a completely natural looking and feeling prosthetic replacement for your missing tooth or teeth.
Basically, a dental implant is made up of two parts. There is the implant itself, which is a titanium screw that is implanted in the jawbone with an abutment that protrudes out of the gum tissue. Then there is the crown, which is basically a prosthetic tooth that attaches permanently to the abutment.
The entire process for getting dental implants generally requires two to three visits and can take anywhere between two months and a year. First the implant is surgically placed in the jawbone and a denture or temporary crown is installed over it to protect it as it heals. Then, once the jawbone has fused to the implant and the gum tissue has healed, the permanent crown is fitted and installed. After that, you will look and feel as if you have a completely natural tooth where you once had a gap in your smile.
Dental implants provide a number of benefits over other options for replacing teeth, such as dentures or bridges. For one thing, they do not require you to do any damage to the teeth around a missing tooth, as is the case with installing a bridge. Second, they do not require any special care, as with dentures. They also look exactly like natural teeth and can be made in a matching color to your teeth so that no one will ever know the difference unless you tell them.
When you visit us at Rockville Dental Arts, we will be happy to go over all of your options for replacing one or more missing teeth. It may be that implant dentistry is the best option for you, but if you are missing too much bone mass in your jaw or you have a condition that precludes dental implants, you may need to go with another option. Likewise, if your insurance policy will not cover dental implants, you may want to opt for dentures until you can afford implants.