Dental Implants in Rockville

Replacing Missing Teeth

 

Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

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Evaluation for Dental Implants

If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry is the choice for you, we ask you have a consult with radiography, dental, and medical history review. During these consultation visits, your specific needs and consideration will be addressed by either Drs. Callahan or Nematollahi. They will answer your questions and concerns and may refer you to a specialist we work closely with. Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your procedure a success.


Surgical Advances in Dental Implants

 

Dental implant placement is a team effort between a periodontist and a restorative dentist. A Periodontist or Oral Surgeon performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. Dr. Callahan fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental implants are metal anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jaw bone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves either one or several procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics.

After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins. The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Callahan can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes four to six months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.