Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to provide a foundation for prosthetics that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. If you have lost a tooth or teeth due to injury, disease, or tooth decay, and would like to explore your options for dental implants, our team at Bethesda Dental Implant Center can help. We offer a variety of implant solutions and will work with you to find the best option for your needs.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium and are placed in the jawbone to act as a replacement for the root of a tooth. This serves beyond the capabilities of other dental restoration options, as implants preserve bone and provide support for artificial teeth that are as natural as possible. Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can provide a long-term solution for your smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a number of benefits over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and feeling like natural teeth, they also allow you to eat and speak as you normally would. Dental implants are also designed to be long-lasting, and with proper care, can last a lifetime. The benefits of dental implants include the following:
- Preserves bone in the jaw
- Support artificial teeth that look and feel natural
- Are long-lasting, with proper care
- Restores full bite force and function
If you are missing teeth and considering your options for replacement, dental implants may be the right choice for you. To learn more about the types of dental implants we offer, and to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please read below and contact Bethesda Dental Implant Center. Our Bethesda, MD team would be happy to answer any questions you have and help you take the first steps toward achieving your ideal smile.
Single Tooth Implant
A single tooth implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jawbone to replace the root of a single missing tooth. This style of implant is typically used when only one tooth is missing, or multiple teeth are missing from different areas of the mouth. Once the implant has fused with the bone, an abutment is placed on top of the implant, and a dental crown is placed over the abutment. This entire prosthetic works together to replace both the root and visible portion of a tooth.
An implant-supported bridge is a dental prosthetic that is used to replace multiple missing teeth in a sequence. This device consists of an artificial tooth or teeth (known as a pontic) that is supported by implants on either side of the appliance. While similar to a traditional bridge, an implant-supported bridge is more stable and does not require support from the surrounding teeth.
All-On-X implants are a type of dental implant that is used to support an entire arch of artificial teeth. This procedure is typically used for patients who are missing all of their teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or who have numerous teeth that are failing and need to be extracted. All-On-X implants consist of four titanium posts that are placed in the jawbone to support an arch of artificial teeth. This type of implant is a great option for patients who want to avoid wearing a removable dental prosthetic, such as dentures.
Dental Implant FAQs
What are the types of implants available?
- Single tooth replacement
- Multiple tooth replacement
- Total teeth replacement
Am I a good candidate for an implant?
Anyone who has lost a tooth or multiple teeth should consider an implant. We do know that smoking, alcoholism, and mismanaged diabetes may impact the ability for the implant to fuse properly however, our doctors will work with you ahead of time to make sure that your gums are healthy and ready to receive the implant.