Dental implants can create a well-functioning smile that enhances self-confidence and overall health. Dr. Alireza Hamidzadeh, DDS, MS, at Happy Smiles Dental of Clarksburg/Urbana Maryland, offers dental implants placement and restorations for our patients. He has been trained rigorously in oral surgery and restorative aspects of implants and has performed these procedures from straight forward cases to more advanced and complex cases on civilians and even high ranking officials.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants can provide many different benefits including:
-They have a very high success rate in dentistry per scientific literature
-Improve the appearance of the face and smile besides speaking ability
-They work very close to natural teeth and can feel seamless
-Preservation of the bone structure after tooth loss
-Maintaining the health of surrounding teeth and their position
-Can Eliminate the need for bridges and dentures
-Loose-fitting dentures can be replaced
-Unlike bulky dentures, dental implants improve the ability to speak
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used as a replacement of the tooth’s anchoring roots. The most common types of dental implants are a form of a titanium screw that is anchored into the jawbone. This screw serves as a post in which a custom-made tooth attaches to. They mimic teeth as close to nature as possible. Dental implant restorations have 3 parts:
-Titanium, bone-integrated implant
-Implant porcelain or gold crown
What is the dental implant process like?
The process of dental implant procedures usually works in stages.
-Planning stage: The planning stage is the first, and most important step to planning the dental implant process. A carefully created treatment plan will ensure a successful outcome. Sometimes, specialized imaging is required to visualize the condition of the bone with three-dimensional viewing called Cone Beam CT scan (CBCT) to make sure the implant is placed properly. The most recent type of this technology is available at Happy Smiles Dental office.
-Implant placement: After the planning is detailed, the dental implant will be placed in the jaw bone.
-Healing: A few weeks after the procedure, the bone heals and begins to integrate around the dental implant.
-Abutment placement: After healing has made good progress and implant shows bone integration (typically 8-16 weeks after placement), the dental implant abutment will be placed to connect the dental implant and the porcelain crown.
-Porcelain or gold crown: Once the new porcelain crown is fabricated, to exact specifications, the crown is bonded to the abutment or screwed into the implant itself.
Can anyone get dental implants?
Most patients in good health are good candidates for dental implants. Even though age isn’t a factor in determining candidacy, it’s not advised for teens to receive dental implants during their early years. The best time for a dental implant is at the time of tooth extraction, or shortly thereafter. In some cases, bone or gum grafting or additional procedures may be required for optimal results.