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Dental Implants – Aspen Hill, MD

The Cutting Edge in Tooth Replacement

No matter which one of our dentists you talk to, they’ll tell you the same thing: dental implants replace teeth better than any other option. Not only do they look more natural than dental bridges or dentures, but they often last the rest of the patient’s life. If you want to close the gaps in your smile for good, you should definitely be considering dental implants. You can even get the entire treatment done right here at the Dental Center of Aspen Hill! To learn more on how you can transform your smile for life, call our dental office to schedule a consultation to discuss replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Aspen Hill, MD.

Why Choose the Dental Center of Aspen for Dental Implants?

  • Every Phase of Dental Implant Treatment Completed In-House
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  • Affordable Payment Plans Available

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What Are Dental Implants?

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Dental implants are unique in that they replace the part of the tooth that you can’t see. The implant is a small titanium post meant to recreate the root structure of a missing tooth. After being surgically placed into the jaw, it fuses to the surrounding bone and tissue (a process called osseointegration). Essentially, it tricks your body into thinking the original tooth root is still there, stimulating blood flow to the jaw and keeping the bone strong. Once osseointegration is complete, we place a metal attachment called an abutment on top, allowing us to secure a custom-made restoration (crown, bridge, or denture) onto it and seamlessly filling the gaps in your smile.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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While getting dental implants takes longer than replacing your teeth any other way, their ability to last a lifetime makes them absolutely worth the wait. Plus, we can complete the entire dental implant process under one roof, making your treatment more convenient and less stressful. Every patient’s tooth replacement journey looks different, but the four basic steps are:

  • Initial dental implant consultation – We’ll examine your mouth and create a personalized treatment plan.
  • Dental implant surgery – The implants are surgically placed in your jaw.
  • Dental implant osseointegration/abutment – After the implants have fused with your jawbone, we place the abutments.
  • Delivery of dental implant restorations – We place your crown, bridge, or denture on top of your abutments.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants are unique in that they replace both the crown of the tooth as well as the root. No other treatment does this. As a result, there are multiple benefits of dental implants in Aspen Hill that traditional dental bridges and dentures simply cannot deliver. We’ll be happy to go over these unique advantages with you during your consultation, but for now, read more about the ways in which dental implants can improve your life below.

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Day-to-Day Benefits  

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  • The implant posts act as stable foundations for your new teeth. This means you won’t have to worry about your teeth shifting or slipping out of place – something for which dentures are notorious.
  • With dental implants, you’ll enjoy a chewing power almost as strong as what you had prior to tooth loss. You’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods, including crunchy vegetables and tough steak.
  • Traditional dentures may warp if they’re exposed to hot beverages like coffee or tea. In contrast, your implant restoration will maintain its shape no matter what you eat or drink.
  • To top our dental implants in Aspen Hill, we use custom restorations made from 100% porcelain. This allows them to completely blend in with your existing teeth, ensuring that only you and our dentists know which teeth are real!

Health Benefits

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  • The fewer natural teeth you have left, the greater your risk of developing serious medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. Since dental implants fill all of the functions of your natural teeth, it’s reasonable to assume that they reduce such risks.
  • Dental bridges require that some enamel be removed from two of your remaining teeth, and dentures can rub against the gums, causing irritation. Dental implants are self-supporting and stay in one place, preventing these oral health issues.
  • Did you know that dental implants can not only preserve the foundation of your remaining teeth, but make sure your face keeps its youthful shape over time? This is because dental implants actually prevent and reverse the jawbone loss that commonly occurs after teeth are removed.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • Dental implants have a success rate of more than 95%. They require very little maintenance beyond brushing and flossing them like natural teeth. You won’t have to purchase separate cleaning products like you would with conventional dentures.
  • With good oral hygiene and regular checkups with your implant dentist in Aspen Hill, you can expect your dental implant to last for 30 years on average – maybe even for the rest of your life!
  • Because dental implants can last so long, they can actually save you money in the long term. Yes, bridges and dentures cost less at first, but they have to be adjusted or replaced every decade or so on average, compounding their initial lower price. Dental implants, on the other hand, should just be a one-time investment.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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If there’s one thing that you can say about dental implants, it’s that they are versatile. Regardless of how many teeth you need to replace, your implant dentist in Aspen Hill can use dental implants to make it happen.

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Missing One Tooth

There’s no need to sacrifice two healthy teeth just so they can support a bridge. Instead, our team places an implant root into your jaw, then covers it with a ceramic crown, all without modifying your existing dental structures.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you want to restore nonconsecutive teeth, we can easily place implant crowns throughout the mouth. Keep in mind that a small number of roots are strong enough to support a partial denture. However, if you are missing multiple consecutive teeth, a pair of implants can be used to hold a bridge. These titanium posts are stronger and more reliable than what you’d find in a traditional bridge procedure.

Missing All Teeth

Are you missing a large number of teeth? Simply sick and tired of dealing with a denture that doesn’t stay in place? Implants offer a set of teeth that you can rely on. By using just four to six strategically placed implants, a full denture can be secured directly to the jawbone. An implant denture instantly brings back a patient’s smile as well as their biting strength.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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As mentioned earlier, dental implants can be utilized in many different ways to aid patients struggling with tooth loss of all severities. Because of this, the cost of the procedure can vary from person to person. Before beginning treatment, our team will make sure to discuss relevant pricing information with you directly so that you know what to expect beforehand.

It’s a fact that dental implants generally cost more upfront when compared to dentures and bridges. However, it’s also worth noting that implants last far longer. Typically, restorations need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years, which only increases their long-term costs. Dental implants are designed to last for several decades, which means you’re not paying nearly as much for retreatments later on.

Dental Implants FAQs

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If you’re getting dental implants for the first time, you’re likely to have a lot of questions about the process as well as the implants themselves. Don’t be embarrassed to ask us if there’s anything you don’t understand; being able to educate our patients so that they can make well-informed oral health decisions is one of our favorite parts of the job! Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the questions that we commonly hear during implant consultations.

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Will Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

The surgery to place dental implants will typically involve little to no pain. The jawbone doesn’t contain many nerve endings to begin with, and your mouth will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. As such, aside from some periodic pressure, you shouldn’t experience discomfort during regular implant placement. After the surgery, you may experience some soreness, which you can control with prescription or over-the-counter pain medication. A cold compress can also help. The pain should be relatively mild and will normally start improving after two or three days. Call us immediately if you the pain becomes severe or persists for too long; there may be a problem with your implants.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

As long as they’re being placed by a qualified professional, dental implants can definitely be considered a safe procedure. Of course, that’s assuming that your mouth is in good health at the time of the surgery. If you have low jawbone density or gum disease, these issues will need to be taken care of, as they can affect the success rate of dental implant surgery. Also, diabetes, cancer, and other medical conditions could potentially make surgery or the healing process risky. We will discuss any precautions that will need to be taken beforehand during your initial consultation.

What Can Cause Implants to Fail?

Dental implant failure is very uncommon. However, it’s usually linked to one of two things: peri-implantitis and failed osseointegration. Peri-implantitis is a type of gum disease that occurs around dental implant posts. If left alone, it can destroy the tissues holding the implant in place. Failed osseointegration means that the implant post never properly joins with the jawbone. Risk factors for implant failure can include using tobacco, chronic teeth grinding, poor oral hygiene, and certain medications. We will consider all of the relevant factors and give you tips for minimizing your risk of implant failure.

Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat After Implant Surgery?

While your mouth is still recovering from implant surgery, stay away from any foods that require an excessive amount of chewing, do not drink any alcohol, and limit your exposure to sugary foods and beverages. Once healing is complete, you can eat virtually anything you could with natural teeth. However, chewy or sticky foods could still loosen or dislodge your implant restoration, so you should still be careful when eating them. Also, try not to bite down on nuts or ice that could damage your implants the same way they can damage your natural teeth.