Restore the aesthetics and strength of your smile by replacing missing teeth with implants from All Smiles Bethesda in North Bethesda, MD!
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is used to replace a single missing tooth, or to secure an implant bridge if multiple teeth are missing. The implant itself is a replacement of the tooth root, generally made from titanium. An implant crown (the portion above the gum line) is the restoration that is attached to the implant.
The implant is placed in the jawbone with local anesthesia, and the procedure usually takes about an hour. Dr. Leung and Dr. Ziomek work closely with our network of oral surgeons to offer you the most comfortable experience possible.
Mini-implants are very affordable and can be used to secure existing dentures or new dentures. Mini-implants do not require as much surgery or healing time and are usually fully functional the same day they are placed!
The same day after your implant is placed, you will be able to go back to your everyday activities. There are a few dietary restrictions for the first week, but after that, you can resume your normal diet.
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is imperative that the area be kept clean to prevent infection. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether only one tooth is replaced by an implant, or several teeth – or even all your teeth – professional cleanings at our Rockville, MD dental office will be necessary to keep your implants and surrounding tissues healthy.
Implants vs. Bridges or Dentures
- Regular dentures and bridges can be unstable because they are not fixed to the bone. This can make it hard to eat and difficult to smile with confidence.
- Implants look much more natural and feel and act much more like normal teeth, with the ability to bite harder.
- Implants are supported by bone rather than by neighboring teeth, so they don't compromise the health of your other natural teeth.
- Bridges may only last seven to ten years, perhaps even less if there is a root canal, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Advanced Implant Services
Sometimes, getting a dental implant requires pre-treatment to ensure the proper amount of jaw bone is present. Our advanced implant services include:
Sinus Lift Augmentation: Often after upper back teeth are lost, the sinuses will enlarge. This can preclude placement of dental implants in that area, because the sinus is filled with air and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. The solution is a “sinus lift augmentation,” which is a bone graft that can restore the sinus cavity to its original size and augment the bone to replace what was lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically needs to heal for nine to 12 months before it is strong enough to install the dental implants. Today’s sinus lifts are not as invasive as those of years gone by. Therefore, recovery is usually uneventful.
Autogenous Bone Grafting: Occasionally, there is an insufficient amount of bone in the spot which would otherwise be ideal for a dental implant. In these cases, bone can be “borrowed” from another part of your mouth and grafted into the deficient area. The best place to borrow from is usually the chin or the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
Implant Site Development: When a tooth has to be extracted because of infection, it is not uncommon to have a loss of bone around the tooth because of the infection. In these situations, it is possible to do a bone graft at the same time as the tooth is removed and thereby facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date.
Why choose All Smiles Bethesda when choosing a dentist for implants?
Dr. Leung, Dr. Ziomek and the team of surgeons that they work with in the North Bethesda, MD area are trained in both essential aspects of dental implant treatment: 1) The surgical placement of the implant, and 2) the creation and placement of the restorative tooth structure on top of it. Dr. Leung and Dr. Ziomek has been restoring smiles with this technology since 1986, and for complex cases she works with the most competent surgeons in the North Bethesda, MD region. You will therefore have full confidence that all aspects of your treatment are done to Dr. Leung and Dr. Ziomek’s high standards. “I do for each patient exactly what I would do for them if they were a member of my immediate family.”
Remember, it is vital to replace missing teeth in order to prevent uneven wear and tear and bone loss, as well as to preserve ideal function. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Leung or Dr. Ziomek at our North Bethesda dental office to learn about dental implants and your smile-restoration options.