Dental Implants: New Choices in Tooth Replacement
About Dental Implants
Dental implants have undoubtedly been one of the most important advancements in oral health over the past years. Dental implants are anchored in the jaw and thus provide unmatched stability when compared to temporary bridges or dentures. Dental Implants allow patients to chew and bite just like they do with their natural teeth – without restriction. Maryland Oral Surgery Associates is proud to offer dental implants at all our locations: Annapolis, Bethesda, College Park, Crofton / Gambrills, Frederick, Laurel, Rockville and Silver Spring. Contact the office closest to you to schedule your consultation!
Implants, Dentures and Bridges: What’s Right For Me?
When choosing a method for replacing a missing tooth, there are many options for restoration. Dentures and bridges have long been standards in replacing teeth, but they both require periodic replacement and can cause unnecessary hassle and embarrassment for some. By contrast, dental implants provide many benefits that make them the best choice for most missing tooth restorations.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- No eating restrictions
- No hassle or embarrassment
- Natural-looking smile
- Preserves the jawbone (The implant bonds with the bone, while dentures & bridges let the jawbone in the affected area recede.)
- Lasts a lifetime
Maryland Oral Surgery Associates Offers Dental Implant Placement At All Our Locations:
Choosing The Right Dental Implant
At Maryland Oral Surgery Associates, we are here to make sure that you have a great dental implant experience. We work with a large variety of implant brands (11 and counting) to give our patients a voice in their care and also to foster enhanced coordination with their general dentist during the final restoration stage.
CT Guided Implants: The Most Accurate Implant Technology Possible
Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) is the gold standard for imaging in oral health. Using CBCT technology, we are able to provide the ultimate in comfort and function when it comes to dental implants through a process known as CT guided implants. The highly detailed CT scans are used to generate a precision surgical guide, which translates to better positioning, stability and function in the final restoration of your missing tooth.
Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
When a tooth is lost, the jawbone starts to resorb almost immediately. Many people therefore must have a bone grafting procedure several months prior to having their dental implant placed. The process involves the introduction of a grafting material into the socket, which encourages the body to fill in bone on its own.
Dental Implants: The Procedure
- First, a consultation, CT imaging and exam are conducted to determine whether you have enough bone to support your dental implant.
- Bone grafting is performed if needed, and left alone for several months to develop and prepare for the implant.
- Once bone grafting is complete, dental implant surgery is performed in our office. During surgery, the titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone, and then covered with soft tissue to heal. The surgery takes approximately 1-4 hours.
- The site is left alone for about 3 months while osseointegration (the process of the jawbone taking hold of the implant) occurs.
- An abutment is then attached to the implant in our office.
- Finally, your dentist attaches your custom fabricated crown to the abutment.
Dental Implants Cost
While the initial cost of dental implants is more than dentures and bridges, it’s important to remember that dentures and bridges require regular maintenance and replacement periodically, making them more expensive over time than most people would think. By contrast, dental implants can last a lifetime and provide a much higher quality of life.
Dental Implant FAQs
Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?
The surgery itself does not hurt, as the implant site is kept numb during the surgery and for several hours after. As the anesthesia wears off, you may have some soreness that lasts for several hours or days following the surgery. Most patients are able to control the pain with over-the-counter medications; we will discuss this at your consultation.
How Long Does the Implant Process Take?
The entire dental implant process can take anywhere from a few months to a year, depending on the implant site and the state of the jawbone.
When Can I Return to Work After Having Dental Implants Placed?
Most of our patients return to their normal lives the day following dental implant surgery.
What if I am Missing All (Or Most) of My Teeth?
For patients who are missing all (or most) of a row of teeth, we offer All-on-4®, a process that places a full row of dentures on just four implants. We are often able to send patients home the same day with their final, restored teeth!
We know that the dental implant process can sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s why at Maryland Oral Surgery Associates, our team is with you the entire way, from the consultation phase all the way through the life of your implant with the information, support and comfort you need. Please call us today at Annapolis Phone Number 410-897-0111 to start your dental implant journey off on the right foot.