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Dental Implants – Frederick, MD

The World’s Best Tooth Replacement

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, all 3 of our dentists will tell you the same thing: dental implants do it best. They look the most natural, have unmatched stability, and they can easily last for the rest of a patient’s life. If you’re serious about closing those gaps in your smile, dental implants should definitely be on your radar, and you can get them right here at My Fredrick Dentist. To learn more and start rebuilding your smile, contact us today for an implant consultation.

Why Choose My Frederick Dentist for Dental Implants?

  • Comprehensive care: Entire procedure completed under one roof
  • Able to replace any number of teeth for a lifetime
  • Next-level treatment planning with our cone beam scanner

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Benefits of Dental Implants

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  • Rock Solid: The main thing that makes dental implants so special is that they replace both the root and crown of a tooth, which no other treatment does. A small titanium post is placed into the jawbone, and this acts as the foundation for the new teeth. Because of this, patients don’t have to worry about their implants moving, slipping, or breaking.
  • Lifelike Appearance: We only use 100% custom-made porcelain restorations to top our implants so they completely blend with the surrounding teeth. In the end, only you and your dentist will know which tooth isn’t real!
  • Lifelong Protection: Implants can actually prevent and even reverse the bone loss after tooth loss, which not only preserves the foundation of the remaining teeth but also helps a patient maintain a more youthful face shape over time.
  • One-of-a-Kind Longevity: With just standard oral hygiene and regular checkups, a dental implant can last for about 30 years or even for the rest of a patient’s life.

Indications for Dental Implants

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One of the best things about dental implants is that they are so versatile. No matter how many teeth you might be missing, you can be sure we can use implants to bring them back:

Missing Single Tooth

Instead of sacrificing two healthy teeth in order to support a bridge, our team can simply place an implant root into the smile and top it with a porcelain crown without altering the surrounding dental structure.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Implant crowns can be placed throughout the mouth to restore nonconsecutive missing teeth, and a small number of roots can even support an entire partial denture. For patients with multiple missing teeth in a row, just 2 implants can be used to hold a bridge that is much stronger and more reliable than a traditional one.

Missing All Teeth

Whether you’re missing a large number of teeth or are just sick and tired of dealing with an unstable denture, implants can help you finally have a set of teeth you can trust. With just 4-6 carefully placed implants, a full denture can be secured directly to the jawbone to instantly bring back a patient’s smile and bite strength.

Start to Finish Convenience

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In order for a patient to get dental implants, they must first undergo a minor surgical procedure in which the new roots are positioned within the jawbone. Most other dental offices will refer their patients to an outside specialist for this, but at My Fredrick Dentist, we’re able to perform the entire implant treatment under one roof! From your initial consultation all the way until you walk out with a renewed smile, you’ll work with the same dentist and team so the process is as efficient and comfortable as possible.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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As we touched on above, dental implants can be used in a variety of ways to help patients dealing with varying degrees of tooth loss, and because of this, the cost of the procedure is different for every person. Before we begin your treatment, our team will be sure to go over all pertinent pricing information with you so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

While implants do tend to cost more upfront compared to traditional bridges and dentures, it’s important to remember that they last dramatically longer. While typical restorations need to be replaced every 5-7 years on average, compounding their lower price, the same implants can easily last for multiple decades, saving someone thousands by comparison.

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How Dental Implants Work

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Receiving dental implants is a timely endeavor that often takes up to 6 months to complete. While it is well worth the wait, it’s important that you understand how dental implants work and what you can expect throughout the process. Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about a referral because our dentists can place and restore your implants all under one roof, so you’ll be able to remain comfortable and confident that your new smile is being crafted by professionals who know and understand your individual needs. With dental implants, you’ll achieve a more stable, functional, and longer-lasting smile.

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Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

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Sometimes the dental implant process requires a few extra steps. The titanium posts need to be able to join with a good, strong foundation of bone; thus, if the jaw has started to break down, it will need to be rebuilt before you can receive implants. This can be done via bone grafting, a procedure that involves to placement of healthy tissue that encourages the jaw to create new tissue of its own. Also, if you’re receiving implants in your upper jaw, we may need to move the sinuses out of the way so that there’s room for the posts. This practice is known as a sinus lift.

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Dental Implant Aftercare

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Once your dental implants are put into place, it will be necessary to commit to a few months of recovery in order for them to fuse with your jawbone and surrounding tissues. By following the tips and suggestions of your dental team, you will be on a path to proper healing and a longer-lasting, more beautiful smile. Although it does require some careful consideration with regard to your oral hygiene and day-to-day tasks in the beginning, before you know it, your implants will feel just like your natural teeth, allowing you to move about your day without any problems.

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Dental Implant FAQs

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If you’re missing teeth in Frederick, look no further than dental implants to restore your smile back to its former glory. They are clearly the best choice when it comes to tooth replacement. However, it’s completely normal for you to have some questions about the details of the process. That’s why we’ve taken some of the dental implant questions we get asked the most often and answered them below for your benefit. If your question isn’t answered on this page, just call us and ask!

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

The truth is most dental implant placements involve significantly less pain than a tooth extraction. In fact, many patients tell us how surprised they were with how little discomfort they had! We’ll make sure to use plenty of anesthetic to numb you up during your procedure. As with any oral surgery, though, you can expect to deal with some minor soreness and swelling after your implant has been placed. More often than not, this can be alleviated by applying a cold compress and taking your prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.

How Long Will It Take for My Implants to Heal?

While every patient is different, it takes three to six months on average. Healing time takes so long because your jawbone will actually grow around the implant until your implant is essentially a part of you. If you need any preliminary procedures, like a sinus lift or a bone graft, your total treatment time could be extended by a few more months. Ultimately, it will be worth it to have a completely lifelike smile that stands the test of time.

What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have been successfully placed since at least the 1960s. With ever-improving technological advancements and incredibly durable materials, dental implants in Frederick have a success rate of more than 95%, even after decades of use.  

What Can Cause Implant Failure?

While implants do have a 95% success rate, that means they fail a small portion of the time. This most often occurs in the few months after implant placement, when the post fails to fully integrate with the jawbone. This is why excellent oral hygiene is imperative. Otherwise, an infection could arise that could cause your body to reject the implant. Also, if you use your implant to bite too soon, it could subject it to forces that it’s not yet strong enough to withstand. However, if you take proper care of your implant with good dental hygiene and regular checkups, it should last for decades to come.

Am I Too Young or Too Old to Receive Dental Implants?

The great news is that there is generally no wrong age to get dental implants. Some patients worry they might be too old, but the only way that would affect your ability to get new teeth is that the healing process may take just a bit longer. On the other hand, we typically don’t place dental implants in children, as their jawbone is still growing, and we don’t want to interfere with that development. For this reason, we usually wait until a patient is at least 18 years old to replace a missing tooth with an implant.