Dental implants are a great way for people to permanently replace their missing teeth. Implants restore your teeth and smile to a perfectly natural looking and functioning state. Implant dentistry aims to replace the entire structure of a lost tooth from the root to the crown. An implant is a small screw-like fixture made of titanium. It is placed in the jawbone and acts as an artificial tooth root which can be covered using a variety of prosthetic appliances such as crowns, bridges and dentures.
In addition to these endosteal implants, our practice also offers subperiosteal implants. These are used for patients who have a shallow jawbone and are not able to undergo a bone grafting procedure. Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone.
A tooth replaced using dental implants has three parts:
- The Implant – An implant is a post made using a metal such as titanium which acts as a root for the replacement tooth and is placed in the jawbone at the site of the lost tooth.
- The Abutment – A connector which is built into or placed on top of the dental implant, to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth.
- Prosthetic Tooth/Teeth – A replacement tooth or set of teeth, custom-made to match the remaining natural teeth in the mouth.
Once the implants have been surgically placed in the jawbone, the posts fuse to the natural bone tissue through a process known as Osseo-integration and ultimately become a part of your oral anatomy, thereby offering the same stability and security as natural tooth roots. Custom-crafted replacement teeth are then attached to the implants via abutments.
You may be an ideal candidate for implant surgery if you:
- Have sufficient jaw bone density
- Are free from decay and gum disease periodontal disease
- Are a non-smoker
- Have good oral and overall health
- Are willing to healthy oral habits after the procedure
For more information about dental implants, the gold-standard in tooth replacement, please contact the experts at All Smiles Bethesda. You can reach us at (301) 200-8804.