Dental Implants to Fix Your Smile in Rockville, MD
Injury, disease, and even age can cause you to lose teeth, impacting your once-full smile and your confidence along with it. Rather than spending the rest of your life with a partial smile and difficulty eating and speaking, dental implants from Rockville Dental Arts can restore your smile to its former glory. Our dental implant procedure is easy and painless.
What Are Dental Implants?
When you lose teeth, many people think this means they’re automatically heading for dentures or a bridges. However, if you’re only missing one tooth, or a few teeth spread apart in your mouth from one another, dental implants may be a better option.
With a dental implant, an artificial tooth root is inserted into your gums and jaw. This root is similar in shape to a traditional carpentry screw. An abutment is added to the implant to hold the crown in place. Once the implant is healed, a false tooth is attached to it, giving you the look and feel of a natural tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Different from traditional dentures or bridges, dental implants provide many benefits to those that get them, including:
- They are stronger than dentures or bridges, meaning a more permanent solution to tooth loss.
- Reducing bone loss due to proper bite alignment and maintenance of your jaw’s integrity.
- They look more natural.
- You care for them the same as you do natural teeth.
- Replace as few or as many teeth as you want with implants.
- Easier adjustment for eating and talking.
- Less likely to feel uncomfortable or loose than dentures and bridges.
What Is the Process for Getting Dental Implants?
First, you need to consult with your dentist to make sure you are a candidate for dental implants. This process likely requires X-rays and possibly some other diagnostic testing, such as lab work, to determine whether you and your mouth are healthy enough for the procedure.
Once you’ve determined that dental implants are right for you, your dentist removes the damaged tooth if it is still in your mouth. Your bone and jaw are prepared for the implant, which may include bone grafting. Once your jaw is prepared and healed, the implant is placed in your jaw.
You then will go home to begin the healing process, which can take a few weeks to a few months depending on your overall health. Once healed, you will return to the dentist to have the abutment placed on the implant; this is what will hold the crown onto your jaw. Sometimes, this can be done at the same time the implant is placed.
Molds are then made of your mouth to build your crowns.
When the crowns are ready, your dentist attaches them to your implant, making sure they fit properly and making adjustments as necessary.
What Can I Expect after Getting My Dental Implants?
As with any oral surgery, you can expect some minor discomfort and side effects, including:
- Swelling of the gums and face
- Bruising of the skin and gums
- Minor bleeding
- Difficulty chewing and eating
For a few days following each step of the process, you may be directed to eat a soft food diet and to manage pain with over-the-counter pain relievers and warm compresses. Antibiotics may also be prescribed.
If your pain is unmanageable with over-the-counter medications, you have significant bleeding, or you have difficulty opening and closing your mouth, call your dentist.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?
Dental implants are fitted and behave just as your real teeth do. The crowns are designed to be relatively stable and durable, meaning you generally can use them as you would your natural teeth.
Some things you can do to keep your dental implants in the best condition possible include:
- Practice good oral hygiene: Brush, floss, and use mouthwash as directed by your dentist. Special brushes, such as interdental brushes that slide between teeth, can help you clean around your implants properly so no food or debris gets stuck.
- Visit your dentist: One of the keys to making sure your implants are in great condition is getting them examined routinely by your dentist. Get regular cleanings and exams at your dentist at least twice per year.
- Avoid damaging habits: Don’t bite or chew things that can break your implants and your natural teeth, such as ice or hard candies. Avoid tobacco products, sodas, coffee, and tea which can stain your teeth.
Compassionate Dental Implant Placement & Care in Rockville, MD, & Beyond
For more than 25 years, Dr. Dennis Norkiewicz and his team have provided excellent care for dental implants, dental emergencies, and more to residents of the Rockville, Maryland, area. Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be stressful!
At Rockville Dental Arts, we offer pain-free dentistry in a comfortable, caring environment. We want to make sure your smile shines just as much as your personality, and we work hard to care for your teeth! Schedule your appointment today!
Read More About Dental Implants in Maryland:
- Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- What to Do If your Implant Crown Is Loose
Learn more about implant dentistry or mini implants and the healing process of implants by reading our implant blog.
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