Discover how implants can actually replace teeth for the long term.
Your Silver Spring, MD dentists Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore understand how frustrating and defeating tooth loss can be. Fortunately, there are now more ways than ever to replace your missing teeth. Find out how dental implants work and how they can be the best long-term tooth replacement.
When are dental implants recommended?
Your cosmetic dentist in Silver Spring may recommend dental implants to patients who are missing one or more permanent teeth. The implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone where the implant will attach to the bone. The purpose of an implant is to take on the role of a tooth’s root and to securely hold a dental restoration in place.
How do implants work?
There are three main components:
- The implant: Typically made from titanium and can be placed in the jawbone where the missing tooth was.
- The abutment: The attachment is screwed on top of the implant and serves to connect the implant to the crown. The abutment looks just like a natural tooth that is shaved down for a dental crown.
- The dental restoration: This is the part that we all recognize. Whether it’s a dental crown, bridge or full set of dentures this is the visible part of your dental work. A dental crown is used to replace a single tooth but implants can support dentures and bridges to replace several or all of your missing teeth.
The Implant Procedure
How long it takes to get your implant will depend on a variety of factors. On average, it takes about five months for implants placed in the lower jaw and about six months for implants on the upper jaw. But, keep in mind that it can take as long as a year or more to complete, especially if there are other issues like significant bone loss that require other treatments prior to placing your implant.
During the first procedure we will drill a hole into the jawbone and place the implant into the hole. Once everything has healed and the implant and bone have fully integrated we will perform a second procedure in which a healing cap will be placed on top of the implant to help the gum tissue heal. Once the cap is removed, a few weeks later the abutment and dental crown are placed.
If you want to replace missing teeth and are ready to take the next step to achieving a healthy smile again, then turn to the dental implants experts of Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring.