What Are Dental Implants?
Whether you are missing one tooth or a full set of teeth, we have the answer you’ve been looking for: dental implants.
A dental implant is designed to replace tooth roots and while nothing can be as good as having a natural tooth, a dental implant is the next best option. Unlike other tooth loss replacements, dental implants both look and function just like a real tooth, giving you a restoration that is built to last the rest of your life.
Of course, the implant itself isn’t the part that anyone will notice when you smile. It will be the dental crown, bridge or full set of dentures that will be seen by those around you. So it seems only fair that you want a restoration that will look attractive and realistic. This is where our dental artistry comes in.
The Implant Process
Once the implant has fused together with the jawbone and your mouth has healed, we will uncover the implant and attach an abutment on top. The abutment serves to connect the implant to the restoration. A few more weeks of healing and the restoration is ready to be attached.
If you are replacing a single tooth then a dental crown will be placed over the implant. When it comes to getting a dental crown for your implant, the process is the same as getting a crown to cover a damaged tooth. We will take impressions of your teeth to create a dental crown that will blend seamlessly with your smile. Then the crown is cemented or screwed into the abutment.
How long will it last?
While the implant is designed to last a lifetime, the dental crown will not last quite as long because it will undergo more wear and tear over the years. Because of this, your dental crown will often need to be replaced about every 10 to 15 years, on average. Getting a new dental crown for your implant is really no different than replacing a regular dental crown. Impressions of your mouth will be taken and sent to a lab where they will make your new crown. After a week or so, the dental crown will be ready to be cemented or screwed into your implant. Fortunately, replacing a dental crown is very simple.
Also, caring for your new restoration is as simple as caring for natural teeth. You will still want to brush regularly and floss daily to ensure healthy gums and surrounding natural teeth to prevent decay and gum disease from affecting your oral health and the health of your implant. You will also want to come in at least twice a year for regular dental cleanings and maintenance to ensure that your implant and restoration last as long as possible.
If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants or whether you are right for treatment then it’s time to call our Bethesda, MD dental office at (301) 657-3220 for a consultation!