Dental Implants

Dental implants are considered the premier solution for replacing missing and/or severely damaged teeth. Unlike traditional dentures or dental bridges, dental implants are anchored to your jawbone like a natural tooth root, enabling them to remain securely in position as you speak, eat, and smile. Additionally, the restoration fixed to the top of the implant can be custom-designed to match the color and shape of your surrounding teeth, ultimately providing permanent results that look and feel remarkably natural.

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Dr. Deb and Dr. Rob are expertly trained to complete all phases of your dental implant surgery here at Bethesda Sedation Dentistry, eliminating the need to visit other dental offices for the various phases of treatment. From the initial stages of planning to the final fitting of the restoration, you can expect an unmatched level of care that results in a beautiful smile transformation.

What Is a Dental Implant?

dental_implantsA dental implant is an artificial, titanium tooth root gently placed in the jawbone. Bone around the implant fuses to the titanium root through a process called osseointegration, and once healing is complete, a dental crown, bridge, denture, or full arch restoration is secured to the implant post(s). Because dental implants replace the tooth root and crown, they are the most natural looking and functioning replacement for a missing tooth.

Tooth Replacement Solutions with Dental Implants

Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth. The following information can help you determine which tooth replacement solution may be best for your specific needs and desires.

Single Implants

Single dental implants can be a great option for replacing individual teeth. Each implant is carefully inserted into the jawbone in the space left by the missing or extracted tooth, and a dental crown is custom-fabricated to match the size, shape, and color of the natural teeth on either side.

Multiple Implants

Multiple dental implants will typically be the best solution for replacing three or more consecutive teeth. With this option, anywhere from two to six implant posts are used to secure a single restoration (such as a dental bridge, partial denture, or full arch) that spans the entirety of the gap left by the absent teeth. The total number of implants needed will be determined by your bone density and how many teeth the restoration is being used to replace.

Overdentures

Overdentures – also called implant-supported dentures – refer to upper and/or lower dentures that are fixed in place with dental implants. As opposed to traditional dentures that can slip or shift along the gumline, this advanced technique affixes your dentures to your jawbone via two implants, enabling them to look, feel, and function more like natural teeth. At our practice, we use the Hybridge® Overdenture for both upper and lower arch tooth restoration.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction is generally necessary when all (or virtually all) teeth need to be replaced. For the upper row of teeth, a total of five or six dental implants are inserted along the jawbone, and a customized Upper Hybridge® Full Arch Dental Implant Restoration containing 12 teeth is secured. Similarly, five to six implants are strategically placed along the lower jawbone, and a Lower Hybridge® Full Arch containing 12 teeth is fixed in position. In addition to restoring teeth, these Hybridge® Full Archs also replace the gumline for an even more natural look and feel. To learn more, please visit our page on full mouth reconstruction.

The Dental Implant Process

To begin the dental implant process, Dr. Rob or Dr. Deb will first meet with you to perform an extensive oral evaluation. The purpose of this examination is to determine whether or not you have an adequate amount of jawbone density to safely and effectively support one or multiple implants. If it is decided that you are a good candidate, your dentist can proceed with planning and scheduling the surgical phase of treatment. If you are not qualified for the implant procedure, they may suggest an option such as bone grafting to help improve your jawbone density, or they might recommend a potential alternative treatment.

At the time of implant surgery, Dr. Deb or Dr. Rob will meticulously insert the implant(s) through the gum tissue and into the jawbone in the designated area(s). Once placed, the titanium implant post(s) will need to fuse to the bone over the course of a few months. During this time, a temporary restoration can be attached to the tip of the implant(s) until the fusion is complete. When this occurs, each implant is officially a permanent part of your mouth, and your customized crown, bridge, overdenture, or full arch can be secured in place by your dentist. The final result is a beautiful, natural-looking and feeling restoration that improves both the appearance and function of your teeth.

Dental Implant FAQs

How many dental implants will I need?
Dr. Deb and Dr. Rob will determine the answer to this question during your treatment planning. They can place one dental implant for a single tooth restoration or several implants to secure a prosthesis. Your bone density and other factors will dictate how many implants are necessary. Placing enough implants is critical to the long-term success of the restoration.

How do I care for my dental implants?
Once in place, implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, and you should care for them as such. Although dental implants will not decay, regular brushing and flossing is vital to keeping the surrounding gum tissue healthy.

How do I find an implant dentist?
When getting dental implants, you should select a dentist or dental team with in-depth knowledge and prior experience in all aspects of the treatment. At Bethesda Sedation Dentistry, our dentists and team have this expertise. It is also important to know that implant treatment consists of two components: a surgical phase and a restorative phase. Dr. Deb and Dr. Rob are trained and experienced in both phases of care.

Contact Bethesda Sedation Dentistry

For more information about dental implants, or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment at our practice, please feel free to contact us today.