Do you regularly cover up your mouth when you smile or laugh because you’re missing one or multiple teeth? If so, dental implants are worth considering. At Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, the team proudly offers dental implants to men and women in North Bethesda, Maryland. To find out if you’re a candidate, call or use the online booking tool and request your consultation today.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that support one or more prosthetic teeth. A dental implant is a metal post that’s implanted in your jawbone. You can’t technically replace permanent teeth, but dental implants provide the next best thing.
Dental implants are a good option for anyone who is over 18 with good oral hygiene. To qualify for implants, you also need to be healthy enough to undergo procedures like extractions. If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic condition like high blood pressure or diabetes, make sure to share this with the team.
Candidates for dental implants also need healthy gums and strong jawbones. If you have a history of gum disease or you smoke cigarettes or use chewing tobacco, talk to your dentist. These issues won’t necessarily disqualify you from treatment, but they may require further procedures like a bone graft or sinus lift.
The process for receiving dental implants takes a period of between 6-12 months. This probably seems like a long time, but it’s important to remember that dental implants can restore your smile for the rest of your life. Be patient and follow your provider’s instructions as closely as possible.
At your first appointment, your dentist performs a thorough oral exam, reviews your medical history, and discusses your goals for treatment. Next, they take a series of digital X-rays to get a better look at your jawbone and teeth.
If you have healthy gums and qualify for treatment, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, numbing your gums and surrounding teeth. Next, your dentist places your implants in the sockets of your missing teeth. After finishing, you’re sent home with a list of recovery instructions. Over the next three to six months, the implants fuse to your jaw.
After the fusion process is complete, you return to the office and receive an abutment — a metal post that extends from your implant. A week or two later you return to the office, and your dentist takes impressions of your teeth. A dental laboratory uses your impressions to mold prosthetic teeth that mimic the look and texture of your remaining permanent teeth. At your final appointment, your dentist attaches your finished prosthetic tooth replacement to your implant.
If you practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist every six months for a professional cleaning and exam, your dental implants can last a lifetime. To learn more about the benefits, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Tamara Levit, DDS, PC, today.