What to Know About Dental Implants

Illustration of a lower jaw with 3 dental implants to replace missing teeth

According to the CDC, around 1 in 6 Americans 65 and older have lost all their teeth! Many more have lost at least one tooth. Luckily, there are great tooth replacements like dentures, bridges, and dental implants.

Here are some frequently asked questions about dental implants:

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you have good oral health and a strong jawbone, you’re most likely a candidate for dental implants! We also perform bone grafts if your jawbone has lost density after your tooth loss.

What’s the Implant Procedure Like?

Because dental implants require surgery, the procedure is more complex and invasive than bridges and dentures. It takes a few months to heal.

First, we’ll make sure you are comfortable with the proper anesthesia. Then we will place the implant, which is a small biocompatible titanium screw, in your jawbone. This replaces the missing tooth root. As you heal, the implant will fuse to your jawbone. When it’s fully integrated, we can place a tooth restoration like a crown on top. If you’re getting multiple teeth replaced, we may use a dental bridge or implant-supported dentures.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have several benefits over other tooth replacements. It’s the only replacement that replaces your tooth root, which preserves your jawbone density and helps your face keep its natural shape. Implants also look and feel natural so you can eat with confidence, speak with ease, and care for the artificial tooth like it’s a real tooth. With proper brushing, flossing, and routine visits to the dentist, implants can last the rest of your life!

Dental Implants in Germantown, MD

Dental implants are usually more expensive than other tooth replacements. At our office, we accept a variety of payment options, including dental insurance and financing through CareCredit®. If you have any questions about implants, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Razmjou and our team at River Stone Dental Center!

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