Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions – Owings Mills, MD
Answering Common Questions about Dental Implants
If you’re wanting to restore one or more missing teeth, the first thing you should consider is dental implants. This advanced dental procedure fully replaces your teeth from the root up, helping you regain your smile’s full function, strength, health, and beauty. Dr. Mattson and our team at Diamond Dental of Owings Mills want you to feel completely confident about your choice for tooth restoration. That’s why we’re providing the answers to some questions about dental implants.
What is the process to get dental implants?
The first step toward your restored smile is meeting with Dr. Mattson. She can evaluate your oral health and determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants. Once you both have agreed that dental implants are right for you, the process goes as follows:
- If you need any preliminary procedures, such as a bone graft, they are performed beforehand with plenty of time for sufficient healing.
- The post is surgically placed under the gums and into the jaw bone.
- Over the course of several months, your tissue heals and the jaw bone grows and surrounds the post.
- The abutment is attached to the post.
- The dental prosthetic is then attached to the abutment, giving you all the benefits of dental implants.
Although the process does take a significant time commitment, the results are worth it!
What can cause dental implant failure?
Although dental implants have a high success rate—98 percent at the 10-year mark—implant failure can happen. If you have a pre-existing oral infection when the post is placed, your jaw bone and tissue will likely not heal properly to support the implant. Also, if the dental prosthetic is attached too soon following the placement procedure, the implant may not have had sufficient time to become fully integrated with the bone and tissue. Luckily, Dr. Mattson has years of experience and can help you avoid these potential risks. In the long term, you can also experience dental implant failure if you neglect your oral care.
How can I make my dental implants last?
In order to ensure the longevity of your dental implants, you need to take care of them. The good news is that they require the exact same maintenance as your natural teeth, including brushing and flossing daily and visiting our Owings Mills office twice every year for a dental checkup and cleaning. If you do these things, your implants will be much more likely to be successful year and after year.
If you have questions about dental implants that we haven’t addressed, give us a call! We’ll gladly schedule a consultation for you to meet with Dr. Mattson and get you the treatment you need. Contact us today to get on the path to oral wellness!