By Bayside Dental
June 11, 2019
Tags: dental implants  

Dental extraction changes your mouth permanently, unless you replace those missing teeth with dental implants, today's most realistic Dental Implantdental prosthetics. At Bayside Dental in Lexington Park, Dr. Denise Owens Mullinix uses dental implants as the treatment of choice for tooth loss. They look and act just like real teeth, and because they reside in the jaw, they maintain bone health and strength. Learn all about them here.

Frequently asked questions about Lexington Park dental implants

How does a dental implant differ from bridgework or conventional dentures? A dental implant has three parts: a titanium metal screw (placed in the jaw), a metal alloy extension post and lifelike ceramic crown. Through a bonding process called osseointegration, the implant bonds to the jaw bone and improves its density, size and shape. Traditional tooth replacements cannot improve the bone.

Can I receive dental implants? The vast majority of healthy teens and adults can. Dr. Owens Mullinix will inspect your remaining teeth, gums, and underlying bone (via sophisticated digital imaging techniques) and review your medical history. Good jaw bone structure (particularly in the alveolar ridge) and a health immune system foster implant success. Some people need bone grafts or sinus lift procedures to ready their implant sites.

How long does the treatment take? Implant surgery (which happens right in the office) takes about an hour or so. Actual healing and final restoration with the post and crown occurs many weeks to months after that. This healing process is called osseointegration. It's vital to allow Nature dictate when the bone has fully integrated with the titanium implant.

I am missing several teeth. Can dental implants help me? Yes, even people who have lost all of their teeth may be able to get implant-supported bridges, partials or full dentures.

What is the overall success rate of implants? According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implant procedures succeed about 95 percent of the time. When properly cared for, implants last for decades.

Do implants take special kinds of care? Yes and no are the best answers to this question. Dental implants require diligent brushing every day, along with careful flossing, but so do real teeth. So, if you're good about oral hygiene, you'll do fine with implants. They cannot decay, but implant sites may develop peri-implantitis (similar to gum disease) if patients neglect at-home and in-office hygiene. Also, tobacco usage encourages this destructive infection. So, if you smoke, seriously consider quitting before you undergo implant placement.

We can answer more questions

Learn all you can about dental implants. Dr. Denise Owens Mullinix and her team at Bayside Dental will be happy to help you decide if these wonderful tooth replacements are your best options. Call for a consultation appointment in Lexington Park, MD, at (301) 862-2118.