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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.
Ignoring sleep apnea symptoms can have a devastating effect on your health. Luckily, your dentist can help you keep your airway open and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other diseases and conditions. Gaithersburg, MD, dentists Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub not only care for your teeth and mouth but also offer sleep apnea treatment.
Do I have sleep apnea?
You may have sleep apnea if you have one or more of these signs and symptoms:
- Loud Snoring: Loud snoring doesn't automatically mean you have sleep apnea, but it is a common sign. Snoring may occur if your airway becomes blocked or narrows while you sleep.
- Breathing Pauses: Sleep apnea stops your breathing for seconds at a time many times throughout the night. Although you may not be aware that you stop breathing, your partner, spouse or family member might notice the problem.
- Sudden Waking: Do you jerk awake suddenly during the night or wake up gasping for breath? Both of these actions force you to begin breathing again.
- Daytime Fatigue: Sleep apnea affects sleep quality and duration and may make you feel exhausted during the day. It may also affect your memory and your ability to concentrate.
- Depression and Irritability: Lack of sleep can lead to feelings of depression, irritability and moodiness.
How can my Gaithersburg dentist help?
If you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may have tried a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The machine keeps your airway open by sending a constant stream of air into your throat. Although CPAP machines offer an effective way to manage sleep apnea symptoms, they're not the right choice for everyone. If you can't find a comfortable CPAP mask, or the sound keeps you or your partner awake, you may want to pay a visit to your dentist's office.
He or she can fit you with an oral appliance that you'll wear while you sleep. The device holds your jaw forward, which keeps your airway open and prevents your tongue from blocking your throat. The low-tech appliance is comfortable, portable and affordable.
Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea but aren't sure if a CPAP machine is right for you? You may benefit from an oral appliance. Call Gaithersburg, MD, dentists Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub at (301) 948-3111 to schedule your appointment.