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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.
Learn about dental implants from your Gaithersburg dentists.
You have more company than you may realize if you've lost a tooth. In fact, 120 million people are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Today, more and more people are choosing dental implants to replace lost teeth. Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub help their Gaithersburg, MD, patients care for their teeth and fill the gaps in their smiles with dental implants and other treatments and services.
Dental implants offer complete tooth restoration
Dental implants replace natural roots when they fuse to your jawbone to create a stable synthetic root. You'll receive your implants during a minor oral surgery procedure that involves creating a small opening in your jawbone. After a dental crown is attached to the implant, you'll have a brand new tooth that looks just like your natural teeth.
Titanium is the key to the success of dental implants
Dental implants are made of titanium, a lightweight, hypoallergenic metal. Titanium has the unique ability to bond to bone. Bonding generally takes a few months but is necessary to ensure that your new implant is securely attached to your jawbone.
Dental implants offer a long-term restoration option
Your dental implant may last your entire life, as long as you're willing to take good care of it. Caring for dental implants involves daily brushing and careful flossing around the base of your dental crown. Good oral hygiene reduces the risk of infections that may loosen the implant.
Although the cost of a dental implant may seem a little high, it can be a very economical option when you consider the lifetime costs. You may need to replace your dental crown a few times, but will never need a new implant, in most cases. When you compare the costs of dental implants to bridges and dentures (which require regular replacement), implants are often the least expensive option.
Your jawbone will stay strong with dental implants
Your tooth doesn't just help you chew foods, but also keeps your jawbone strong by placing constant pressure on it. After the loss of a tooth, your jawbone may slowly begin to shrink. Dental implants continue to stimulate the bone, helping you avoid further tooth loss.
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Gaithersburg, MD, dentists Dr. Schneider and Dr. Staub at (301) 948-3111 to schedule your appointment.