Nearly 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. That’s why the team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care in Bethesda, Maryland, offers dental implants, the most advanced tooth replacement option available today. Implants function as artificial tooth roots that support highly natural-looking prosthetic teeth. With proper care, they can last a lifetime and drastically improve the quality of your life. To find out more, schedule a dental implant consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
Dental implants are artificial replacements for tooth roots that can be used to support prosthetic replacement teeth. Made of titanium, these frames are inserted into your jawbone. They’re positioned in your jaw, under the gum line, and used to firmly hold replacement teeth, dentures, and bridges.
If you’re missing teeth, dental implants help restore your smile and improve your appearance. This restoration is the premier tooth replacement option available today.
Once you decide to get dental implants to replace missing teeth, the team at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care schedule your oral surgery appointment.
During the procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to make the dental work as comfortable as possible for you. They’ll use a special dental drill to insert the implant directly into your jawbone.
Afterward, your jawbone needs time to heal and allow the implant to naturally fuse to the bone. This healing process usually takes several months. Once your jawbone is fully healed, you return for a follow-up visit. During this visit, your dentist attaches a permanent, natural-looking prosthetic tooth to fully restore your smile.
The main benefit of dental implants is the support and durability they provide. With implants, your replacement teeth won’t slip or slide around inside your mouth. They’re firmly attached to the posts that have naturally fused to your jawbone.
Besides enhancing your smile, implants also prevent oral health risks posed by missing teeth. For example, when you have gaps in your smile, the surrounding teeth are likely to shift into the empty spaces. This abnormal growth can lead to crooked teeth, which are harder to keep clean and become more susceptible to decay and surrounding gum disease.
With proper care and management, there’s no reason your implants can’t last a lifetime. In fact, over 90% of dental implants last patients over 30 years. The key to ensuring your implants last is treating them like natural teeth. Make sure to brush and floss regularly and maintain regular visits at Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care for dental exams and professional cleanings.
To schedule a consultation on dental implants, call Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care or use the online booking tool today.