How Dental Implants Work

The dental team at Maryland Sedation Dentistry and Surgical Center offers dental implants in Frederick, MD, so that your smile is complete again.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are replacement teeth that your dentist installs into your jaw bone for a complete tooth restoration. A dental implant looks like a screw and is made from titanium so that your body doesn't reject it.

Many people are choosing dental implants for tooth restoration because of how natural they look and feel. Dental implants function like your natural teeth because they're secured in your jaw bone. Other benefits of dental implants include preventing bone loss, easy maintenance, and preserving your tooth alignment.

Dental Implants Procedure 

Your dentist needs to certify that you're the right candidate for getting dental implants in Frederick, MD. You need sufficient jaw bone mass before getting dental implants. Therefore, your dentist will perform a physical exam and request X-rays before your procedure. You must also have excellent oral health and quit smoking before the procedure.

Next, your dentist will drill a small hole into your jaw bone to install your dental implants. Your dentist performs this surgery while you're sedated to reduce your discomfort. You'll have to wait several weeks for your dental implants to heal and become secure in your jaw bone before the next phase of your procedure. While you wait, your dentist will cover your dental implants with temporary dental crowns.

After the healing period, you can return to your dentist to take out your temporary crowns. If you're replacing a single tooth, your dentist can attach permanent dental crowns to your dental implants. If you're replacing multiple teeth, a dental bridge attached to your dental implants may be a better option. Dental implants can also replace multiple teeth by supporting partial or full dentures.

If you want to learn more about dental implants in Frederick, MD, call (240) 673-3293 to schedule a consultation at Maryland Sedation Dentistry and Surgical Center.

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