If you have a single missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth, a dental implant can help. Dental implants are titanium metal posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They are capped off with dental crowns for a natural look.
At Bethesda Family Smiles, Dr. Srotalina Khanna helps patients restore the function and appearance of teeth with implants. Dental implants are a long-lasting restorative treatment that supports the overall health of the smile. Read dental implant FAQs below to discover more about this restorative dental treatment in our Bethesda, MD dental office.
Dental Implant Q&A
Learn about dental implant restorations with answers to these frequently asked questions:
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants provide a strong foundation to replace missing teeth. Because of this, they are long-lasting and feel just like natural teeth. Implants also look natural, because they are topped off by dental crowns. With implants or implant-secured restorations, patients can eat and speak naturally. Additionally, by filling the gap left by missing teeth, dental implants and implant restorations support the health of the gums and any remaining teeth.
How long do implants last?
Implants are a permanent dental restoration. This is because implants are durable titanium posts. Once implanted, they fuse with the jaw bone over a period of 3 to 6 months. Then, they are capped off with a dental crown. While the dental crown may need to be replaced after 15 to even 30 years, the implant post is permanent.
Can a dental implant fail?
Yes, dental implants can fail if patients use tobacco during their treatment or develop a tooth or gum infection. Smoking or using tobacco products after an implant is placed can impact the healing time. This is because nicotine restricts blood flow. Patients who develop tooth decay or gum disease may lose an implant if they do not receive the proper treatment.
Contact Our Dental Office Today
Do you need to replace one or more permanent teeth? Try dental implants today. If you are a new patient, call us at 301.500.2205. Current patients may call 301.530.0700. You may also request a dental appointment with Dr. Khanna on our website.