Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Missing one or more teeth, when left unattended, may lead to several dental problems such as shifting of the teeth, bone loss in the affected area, and more. One of the recommended dental treatment for missing teeth is getting dental implants. 

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What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They surgically positioned into the jawbone underneath the gums. Once the implant has been placed in the jawbone, a dental crown, a dental bridge, or partial denture is then attached as a replacement of the missing teeth.

Who is the right candidate for dental implants?

People who have missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or the entire teeth can be good candidates for dental implants. However, it is essential to consult the dentist first to determine whether dental implants are a suitable and necessary treatment for you.

How many teeth can dental implants replace?

Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or more. Replacing each missing tooth with a dental implant is not necessarily required. Two implants can support a removable lower denture and as few as four implants are enough to provide support for a full, permanent set of top or bottom teeth.

Is there a possibility that the body can reject the dental implants?

The body can not reject dental implants because they do not contain living cells or genetically coded materials. The titanium used in the implants is biocompatible, which means that they are not harmful to the body, and allergies to titanium are extremely rare. However, there are cases where dental implants fail to integrate with the jawbone. The reason for this includes: good oral hygiene is not practiced regularly or if the implants are subjected to biting forces too soon. 

Is dental implant procedure painful?

Prior to the procedure, anesthesia options are available to control pain and reduce the patient’s anxiety. Most people would often find this procedure very easy and tolerable. Any discomfort felt following the process can be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain relievers. Applying cold compress is also helpful in relieving pain and discomfort.

For inquiries about Dental Implants in Frederick, MD, book an appointment with us at Frederick Family Dentistry. You can also visit us at 100 Tuscanney Dr., Unit C, Frederick, MD 21702.