If you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss in Gaithersburg, MD, our family dentists Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub understand just how important it is to get your full smile back. Of course, if you are looking for a restoration that most closely resembles a real tooth then you can’t get closer than a dental implant. Do you have questions about dental implants? We have answers!
What are dental implants?
An implant is a small tapered titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of your missing tooth. In order to place the implant, our Gaithersburg, MD, dentists will first need to open up the gums and drill a small hole into the jawbone where the implant will then be placed. The metal implant is the foundation for the restoration, so it will remain permanently within the jawbone. It’s the false tooth or crown that people will see when you smile.
How many teeth can dental implants replace?
The great news is that no matter whether you need to replace one, several or all of your teeth, dental implants can help replace your missing teeth. A single missing tooth will only require one dental implant; however, multiple implants can also be placed along the top or bottom jaw to support a set of false teeth.
Will implant placement surgery hurt?
Dental implant surgery is a fast, minimally invasive procedure that can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour depending on how many implants are being placed. This procedure is performed right here in our office under the effects of local anesthesia and sedation so that you don’t feel any discomfort and are comfortable throughout the procedure. It is normal to experience some pain after the anesthesia wears off. We may prescribe painkillers to help ease any post-surgical pain.
How quickly will everything heal after surgery?
This will depend on several factors including your current health status and how many implants are placed. Sometimes it takes only 3 months for the jawbone to fuse together with the implants while for others it can take up to 6 months. Of course, before we can place the next part of the implant, we will need to make sure that the jawbone and implant have fully integrated.
How long do dental implants last?
Since implants naturally meld together with the bone and tissue in your mouth this means that implants have a very high success rate. This coupled with the durable titanium from which they are made ensure that your implants last several decades. In fact, this simple restoration could last the rest of your life.
If you’re interested in getting dental implants in Gaithersburg, MD, the next step is to call Schneider Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation with us. Let us know that you are interested in getting dental implants.
Sleep apnea is a disruptive sleep disorder that affects as many as 22 million Americans according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. More Americans could have this disorder than reported because most glaring symptoms only show when the patient is asleep. Do you believe that you may be struggling with sleep apnea, or has someone you love told you that your snoring has gotten out of control? The team at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, can help you with dental CPAP alternatives.
Struggling with Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea causes intermittent moments of waking while you’re asleep, and loud snoring. This is caused by the tonsils, tongue, or other soft tissues blocking the throat and obstructing normal breathing. Sleep apnea patients usually don’t realize that they’re waking up dozens of times during the night, and can’t understand why they still feel tired in the morning. Men are most likely to struggle with sleep apnea, as are certain cultural and familial groups. Being overweight is also a contributing factor.
Sleep Apnea Help
Living with sleep apnea could lead to other medication conditions (including depression, lack of sexual function, cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, and memory problems) if it isn’t brought under control. Some patients are reluctant to sleep with a bulky, noisy CPAP mask. Luckily, dental CPAP alternatives are available. Your Gaithersburg, MD, dentist can create a custom oral device that you’ll wear while sleeping to position the jaw forward and keep the airway free.
Other Tips for Sleep Apnea Prevention
In addition to wearing a dental device that helps keep your air passageways clear while you sleep, there are additional lifestyle changes you can make to ensure a better night of sleep. Losing weight can provide major improvements for sleep apnea patients. Starting a smoking cessation program and limiting alcohol use can also help improve symptoms. You might also consider reducing your caffeine consumption.
Sleep Better and Longer
The better the quality of your sleep, the better you’ll feel in the morning and throughout the day. Dental CPAP alternatives could provide you with the low maintenance help that you need to cure your sleep apnea. Call (301) 948-3111 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Adam Schneider or Dr. Katie Staub in Gaithersburg, MD.
With CEREC same day crowns, it is now possible to restore a damaged tooth in just one day! Created right in the dentist’s office while you wait, same day crowns deliver a number of benefits, including quickly restoring damaged teeth so that you can resume normal biting and chewing functions without delay. Here at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub are your dentists for same day crowns!
What are Same Day Crowns?
Same day crowns are made at our Gaithersburg dentist’s office in one day using a technology called CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. CEREC utilizes both computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology to first take a digital impression of the teeth and then create custom ceramic crowns from that digital impression. Your new crowns can be bonded in place on the same day they are made so you leave the dentist’s office with your teeth fully restored.
There are many benefits to choosing CEREC same day crowns for restoring damaged teeth, notably including that there is no multi-day waiting time! Prior to CEREC same day crowns, it often took several weeks and multiple dental appointments to get new crowns.
Another benefit of same day crowns is the use of digital imaging, which eliminates the need for creating a physical impression of the teeth. Making a physical mold of the teeth can be messy. The process can also cause discomfort for some patients, especially those with a sensitive gag reflex. The technology utilized by CEREC same day crowns eliminates the messiness and discomfort associated with making physical molds of the teeth.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
To learn more about how same day crowns could benefit you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider or Dr. Staub, your Gaithersburg dentists, by calling Schneider Family Dentistry at (301) 948-3111.
Provide your gums with proper care to prevent gum disease from happening to you.
Flossing every day isn’t just a habit that you should consider—it’s one that you absolutely need to adopt if you want to keep your gums healthy. After all, if you neglect your oral health, not only do you put your teeth and gums in danger, but you also leave your body susceptible to serious systemic health disorders. Read on to find out what you can do to prevent gum disease, and contact the Gaithersburg, MD, office of family dentists Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub for personal treatment!
What is gum disease?
Our mouths, like the rest of our bodies, contain bacteria. Unfortunately, when something affects the hospitable environment within your mouth, it is left susceptible to infection. When bad bacteria gets into our mouths, it can cause inflammation and result in damage to gum tissue.
If gum disease isn’t treated, pockets of infection can buildup in the gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth, an effect that can result in loose teeth or tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults!
How does gum disease affect my overall health?
It’s been determined that people who have gum disease have also been linked to serious systemic health issues such as heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, dementia, and even pregnancy complications. While it’s not certain whether or not gum disease actually causes these health problems, it is true that patients dealing with these health problems also have more trouble with maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
How do I know whether I have gum disease or not?
In the beginning stages, you won’t usually be able to tell if you have gum disease or not since it doesn’t usually cause symptoms until it has become more severe. The best way to detect gum disease early on when it can be reversed, or at least managed, is to visit our Gaithersburg office every six months for routine checkups. It’s during these exams that we can check the gums to look for the early warning signs of infection.
If you need to schedule your next dental cleaning, call Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, today at (301) 948-3111!
You lost a tooth and desire the best tooth replacement possible. At Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub recommend and place dental implants--true artificial teeth which reside right in the jaw. Highly successful and faithful imitators of natural teeth, implants restore oral health, function and appearance.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw or cylinder placed into the jaw bone. At Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, your dentist completes the entire implant process--from examination and X-rays to oral impressions to oral surgery and restoration--right in the treatment room. Dr. Schneider and Dr. Staub use implants to fill smile gaps caused by decay, abscess, oral trauma or congenital problems such as misshapen or missing teeth.
A single implant has three parts: the implant itself, an extension post and porcelain crown. The post and crown complete the implant after the site has completely healed.
The jaw bone adheres to the dental implant through something called osseointegration, This process creates a firm and almost unbreakable bond. In fact, that's a main benefit of dental implants: they actually improve the width, height and density of the jaw bone.
In addition to replacing one tooth, implants can support multi-tooth bridges, partial dentures and full dentures. So, even patients with substantial tooth loss can take advantage of these great dental prosthetics.
Can you receive dental implants?
Many adults and older teenagers can if they:
- Are in good overall health
- Have enough bone in their jaws to support implants (this is determined by X-ray and CT scan)
- Faithfully floss daily and brush their teeth twice a day to avoid plaque and tartar build-up
Plan on a consultation with Dr. Schneider or Dr. Staub. They'll fully explain the process, costs and timeline. Dental implant treatments take several weeks to complete; however, the process is comfortable and the results..amazing.
Miscellaneous facts about dental implants
- Research shows that dental implants last upwards of 25 years, says Columbia University School of Dental Medicine.
- Smokers can receive implants but should abstain from tobacco for 3 days before and 3 days after their procedures. Cigarettes can break down implant sites and cause peri-implantitis, an infection similar to gum disease. Quitting tobacco is best.
- Precise imaging techniques help your dentist accurately place your implants for maximum functionality.
Find out more
We recommend you come in for an individual consultation with Dr. Schneider or Dr. Staub. Learn your options, and look forward to a complete and attractive smile. Call Schneider Family Dentistry today at (301) 948-3111.
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