Dental implants are today's most advanced tooth replacement option. Implants provide a durable solution that feels and looks natural.
Most dental implant surgeries can be performed in one day. If you need a bone graft procedure or tooth extraction before implant placement, we must complete those procedures in advance.
We can complete the entire process in one day with full-arch replacement dentures.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants replace both the crown and root of a natural tooth. Single-tooth implants contain a titanium post that bonds with the jawbone, a stainless steel cap or abutment, and a dental crown.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Natural Look and Feel
Dental implants appear natural. They work like healthy teeth, providing excellent biting and chewing function. Others may be unable to tell whether you have dental implants unless you point them out.
The dental implant post could last a lifetime with proper care. The crown, bridge, or denture on top may need periodic replacement, but you can extend its lifespan with excellent home care.
Caring for a dental implant is just like caring for natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended, and keep all scheduled appointments with us.
Protect Bone Density
Missing teeth can cause the jawbone to break down, losing as much as 25% of its volume in the first year after losing a tooth. The implant provides the same chewing stimulation as a healthy, natural tooth, keeping the bone vigorous.
Preserve Tooth Spacing
You will likely develop complications if you leave a gap in your teeth. Missing teeth cause other teeth to shift into new positions. When your teeth move out of place, you could experience disruptions in your dental bite, chewing ability, and appearance.
Protect Oral Health
Missing teeth create spaces where food and bacteria can become trapped. Gum disease and tooth decay can result.
Types of Dental Implants
Single-tooth implants replace one natural tooth at a time. A dental crown completes these restorations to provide a lifelike, natural look.
Implant-supported bridges are excellent for patients missing one or more adjacent teeth. While a traditional bridge requires placing crowns on healthy teeth on either side of the gap, an implant-supported bridge provides a more stable base for the artificial teeth.
We offer both standard and full-arch implant-supported dentures. We can provide fixed or removable implant-supported dentures that do not slip, pinch, or cause bone loss.
We can place a system that requires only a handful of implants for full-arch dentures. Installing these fixed dentures requires only one appointment for most patients.
Keeping Your Implants Healthy
Ensure you brush at least twice daily, floss daily, and complete all other recommended home care measures. Keeping scheduled dental appointments is vital because the dentist checks your implants' health at each visit.
Call Total Dental Care
To discover more about dental implants, please call our Germantown, MD, office at 240-813-9111. We can schedule a consultation with one of our expert dentists to answer your questions and determine whether you are a good implant candidate.