Dental Implant Q&A
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. An abutment, or connecter piece, is attached to the post. A dental crown tops the abutment. Dental implants can secure a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. This restoration is durable because the titanium post fuses to the jawbone and acts as a tooth root.
What is the dental implant process like?
To begin the implant process, Columbia, MD dentist Dr. Sahil Goyal will examine your teeth and jaw to create a treatment plan for the implant placement. After the surgery, it will take a period of three to six months for the post or posts to fuse with the jaw bone. We can also create a temporary restoration for you before the post heals. Finally, we will attach a permanent dental crown to the implant for a more balanced bite.
How many implants will I need?
The number of implants you will need depends on the type of restoration you are receiving. Only one implant is needed to replace a single missing tooth. However, if you have multiple missing teeth, the location and number of gaps in your smile will determine whether you need a dental bridge, partial denture, or full denture. We can work with a range of two to eight dental implants per missing arch.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Patients should be healthy and have enough bone structure to support one or more implants. However, Dr. Goyal may recommend bone grafting or periodontal treatment before the implant process begins if you have problems with not enough bone structure or infection.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are a versatile option for replacing missing teeth that helps to preserve the bone tissue in the jaw as well as the health of surrounding natural teeth. When covered with dental crowns, they allow for a more balanced bite. Unlike other missing teeth treatments like removable bridges or dentures, dental implants do not require messy adhesives and do not interfere with speech. Restorations that are secured with dental implants look and feel like natural healthy teeth.
Do dental implants require special care?
You should maintain dental implants like natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly and visit Dr. Goyal at least twice yearly for dental cleanings at his Columbia, MD dentist office. Ensuring regular and thorough oral hygiene will keep your implants healthy and free from infection.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
Dental implants have a national success rate of 95%. However, factors like smoking or gum infection can increase the chance of implant failure. If you choose dental implants, you must commit to maintaining good oral hygiene. Dental implants are not immune to gum disease. When infections spread, your implants can fail.