Are you missing one or more teeth because of an injury, tooth decay, or periodontal (gum) disease? For many years, the only solution to missing teeth was a bridge or dentures. However today there is an additional option-implants-available for some patients, according to Dr. Victor Siegel, a dentist serving Rockville and the surrounding areas, such as Bethesda and Potomac.
The most successful candidates for an implant are those patients with strong gums, good oral health and sufficient bone structure to support the implant, however a consultation with Dr. Siegel will allow both you and the doctor to determine the best treatment plan for your individual situation. Heavy smokers and patients suffering from uncontrolled diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are usually not good candidates and would need to be considered on a case by case basis.
The first stage of an implant procedure, which is a replacement tooth root made of titanium, is placement of the implant in the jawbone in the area of the missing tooth. After the jawbone has had the chance to heal, and becomes securely anchored, a post is connected to the implant, so that a restoration will then be able to be placed on the implant post. The restoration, which may be a crown or an attachment to support a denture, will look and feel like a natural tooth.
What are the benefits of a dental implant?
- It looks and feels like your natural teeth
- Allows you to speak without worry of slurring or slipping, as in dentures
- Eating is painless and worry-free
- Easier access to clean your teeth, leading to improved oral hygiene
- Self-esteem, self-confidence, new smile!
Now that you are ready to show off your new smile, caring for your new dental implant is no different than if you were taking care of your natural teeth-brush, floss, and see Jilna, your dental hygienist, for regular dental check-ups.