How Do Dental Implants Work?

The dental care team of Bethesda Dental Implant Center works as part of an interdisciplinary team with your restorative or cosmetic dentist to complete the dental implant procedure. We will handle the surgical placement of the dental implants in our Bethesda, MD office. Working as part of a team allows us to provide individualized treatment that is tailored to meet the needs, and achieve the best results.

The Dental Implant Procedure in Bethesda, MD

The procedure is a relatively simple treatment that involves three basic steps.

Dental Implants in Bethesda Maryland

Step 1: Placing the Dental Implant

The first step in the dental implants process is to place the implant. Often this may be done at the same time the tooth is removed. The dental implant, usually a titanium screw, will be placed in the jaw bone. The dental implant will integrate with the bone through a process called osseointegration, creating a firm and stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

Step 2: Provisional Restoration

During the healing process, you may have a provisional, or temporary, restoration. The temporary restoration will hold the place of the final restoration and allow proper healing along with the gum tissue. Your cosmetic or restorative dentist will take impressions of your surrounding teeth and work with a dental laboratory to create the final dental crown, bridge, splint, or denture that will serve as your replacement tooth or teeth.

Step 3: Final Placement

Once the dental implant has completely healed and integrated into your jawbone, the temporary restoration will be removed. The final restoration will be fastened and secured to the implant post. The restoration is secured permanently but can be adjusted if necessary. You will be able to use your implant almost immediately and in most cases, without dietary restrictions.

Caring for Dental Implants

One of the greatest benefits of dental implants is that they look, function, and can be cared for just like natural teeth. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. You don’t have to worry about getting cavities in dental implants. Plus, you can eat and floss normally often without the need for extra or special supplies. We have seen some patients even forget that they have them.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss regularly, and use mouthwash to lengthen the lifetime of your teeth implants and maintain excellent oral health.

One of the things that set the Bethesda Dental Implant Center apart from other dental implant centers is the fact that we place significant emphasis on follow-up visits with our patients. We want to maintain a relationship with our patients to ensure the long-term success of their dental implant and the health of their smiles.

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