Dental implants replace tooth roots and resemble screws; they are usually made of titanium and are very sturdy and long-lasting. Dental implants allow for fixed and removable replacement teeth; they are implanted in the jawbone and fuse with the jawbone in a process called “osseointegration.” After the fusing process, abutment posts (connectors) are inserted into the anchors, and then usually, a dental crown is attached to the abutment post.
Many patients require a single dental implant. If you have enough bone mass, you will be a candidate for a single dental implant. If you do not have adequate bone mass, bone grafting may need to be considered.
Once your implant is placed, we must allow osseointegration to occur. Once this process is complete, you’ll return to our dental spa in Silver Spring, and we will attach the abutment. Finally, your dental crown will be custom-made and permanently affixed to your implant.
Single dental implants are amazing because they restore both the root and the crown, allowing you to have a stable restoration and a strong bite. You can eat all of your favorite meals and care for your teeth as usual. Single dental implants will last a lifetime, but you may need a replacement dental crown after several years.