Twelve things everyone should know about dental implants

  1. Implants are our “third” set of teeth
    These days, implants are the best replacement for natural teeth.  They have been used for over thirty years.
  2. Implant treatment is extremely successful
    With a success rate nearing 98%, implants are most often accepted as the best treatment to replace missing teeth.  Many times, the implants are better and stronger than the natural teeth.
  3. There are many different implant companies
    Some companies are better than others and have been working and developing the implant longer.  We, at Bethesda TMJ, use only the most reputable implant companies. 
  4. Implants can replace one tooth, multiple teeth or a full arch of teeth
    Whether you’re missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full arch or mouth of teeth, implants can be the solution.  Implants can support single crowns or bridges fabricated from multiple materials, so the possibilities are many.  Depending on the number and layout of missing teeth, as well as available bone, a particular number of implants will be planned.  Except in single tooth replacement, fewer implants are needed than the actual number of teeth being replaced.
  5. Dental implants can make your denture more secure
    Many different things can be attached to the dental implant, once it is integrated in bone.  For patients with existing dentures, or who will be getting dentures, implants are used beneath the denture with attachments to keep the denture from moving.
  6. There are different sizes of implants
    There are many different diameters and lengths of dental implants.  The best size is determined following 3-D imaging and is selected based on many factors, such as the space and bone available, number of teeth being replaced and parafunctional habits, such as clenching or grinding.
  7. Did I “miss the boat”?
    Just because you have worn a denture or left a missing tooth untreated for a long time, does not mean you cannot have dental implants.  The amount of remaining bone for implant support is best determined by 3-D imaging which can be performed in our office. 
  8. Bone grafts are sometimes, but not always, needed to have dental implants
    Bone graft materials, while not always needed, can be used to enhance the amount of bone that holds the implant and make them stronger.
  9. The same bacteria that cause periodontal disease, can affect your implants
    Dental implants should be cared for just as you care for your teeth.  While they cannot decay, the tissue and bone surrounding the implants can be compromised by bacteria which inhabit the mouth.  It is very important to brush and floss your implants as you would natural teeth, and to also have regular dental cleanings.
  10. Dental implants are biocompatible
    Titanium is considered the most biocompatible metal and is widely used for many types of implants throughout the body.  It is resistant to corrosion from bodily fluids and has the capacity for osseointegration, which means it fuses with the surrounding bone. 
  11. Implant placement is planned virtually
    Any treatment involving implants at Bethesda TMJ is first planned on the computer.  This ensures that the implant is placed in your mouth in the most accurate and precise way to obtain the best outcome.
  12. Implant treatment at Bethesda TMJ is excellent
    All our doctors are extremely experienced and knowledgeable with implant treatment.  We are all specialists in our field and deal with complex implant restorations on a daily basis.  Our doctors also teach implant treatment to dentists at multiple residency programs.