Dental Implants in Bethesda, MD
Best Implant Dentist in Bethesda
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are replacement teeth that mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. When you lose a tooth, top implant dentist Dr. Greenbaum replaces it with an implant consisting of a titanium screw to replace the root and a crown or restoration to replace the visible portion of the tooth. The screw is surgically placed in the jawbone to provide a stable foundation for the restoration.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the only permanent solution for missing teeth. Although dentures and bridges are available, these have drawbacks, including inconvenience and discomfort for many individuals. Dr. Greenbaum’s patients prefer dental implants for a variety of reasons, including:
- A permanent solution that can last a lifetime
- No slipping, clicking, or pinching, unlike traditional dentures and bridges
- No damage to the remaining natural teeth
- Improved ability to speak clearly
- Improved ability to eat and chew
- Customized restorations to match the natural teeth
- Prevents shifting of adjacent teeth
- Preserves the strength and integrity of the jawbone
- Dental implants require no special care. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are all that are needed.
- 95% success rate
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Types of Dental Implants
Dr. Greenbaum offers a wide range of implant dentistry options to address the individual needs of his patients. At your initial consultation, he reviews these options with you and explains their advantages and disadvantages in detail. Together, you will choose the most appropriate tooth implant option for you.
All-On-X/Screw-Retained Implant Bridges
All-On-4 and All-On-6 dental implants and screw-retained implant bridges are supported by between 4 and 6 strategically placed titanium implants attached to a full arch of replacement teeth or a dental bridge. It is the most innovative, affordable way to replace multiple missing teeth, as fewer implants are needed. Because there are fewer implants placed, healing is quicker.
Implant-Supported Overdenture/Snap-On Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are full-arch replacement teeth resembling dentures but permanently attached to four or more implants in the jawbone. There are several options for fastening the overdentures to the implants, including magnets, studs, and ball attachments.
Individual Dental Implants
Individual dental implants can be placed to support one or more crowns for patients missing one or more teeth but not an entire upper or lower arch. Each restoration is attached to an individual titanium screw.
Full Mouth Dental Implants
Patients missing all of their upper or lower teeth can now have full function and comfort restored with full-mouth dental implants featuring a complete arch of teeth permanently attached to several implants or multiple crowns attached to individual implant screws. Dr. Greenbaum is skilled in all types of full-mouth implant dentistry and tailors his approach to each patient’s needs.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the best teeth replacement option available, resembling natural teeth in form and function. An implant tooth consists of a biocompatible screw that permanently fuses with the jawbone to form a solid foundation for an artificial tooth. Dr. Greenbaum, the top implant dentist in Bethesda, places single-stage implants requiring only one surgery. Despite the healing period, fewer procedures make for a more convenient and comfortable experience. If you are missing many teeth, we offer various options, including implant-supported dentures and the innovative All-On-X technique that secures an entire arch of teeth in place using between four and six titanium implants.
Even one missing tooth severely affects your ability to eat, speak clearly, and enjoy life. If you’ve lost teeth, don’t let too much time pass before you make an appointment to replace them. As soon as a tooth is lost, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. If you wait and your jawbone shrinks, you’ll need bone grafting surgery to build the jaw back up before getting dental implants. Bone grafting procedures are common, and Dr. Greenbaum has extensive experience grafting new bone to your jawbone, ensuring implant success.
The Dental Implant Process
Implant teeth surgery is often a team effort with care from an oral surgeon, periodontist, and general dentist. Having one expert intimately involved in every detail of the procedure ensures superior, comprehensive care. At the Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Greenbaum is highly trained and experienced in performing all steps in the implant process. From the initial tooth extraction(s) to any necessary bone grating to implant placement and then the fabrication and placing of the final crown, you can have all the work done in one place. This will not only save you time but money as well.
The first step in your implant journey is scheduling a consultation with our implant dentist, so he can assess your mouth, teeth, gums, and jaw to determine if you’re a candidate for this life-changing procedure. Once you’ve decided to move forward with treatment, we collaborate with you to create a treatment plan that meets your goals for your teeth.
Once the implant is inserted in the jawbone, at least six weeks is needed for the titanium screws to osseointegrate with the jawbone. Once the implant is fully fused with the bone, we place a support post on the implant, which holds the new replacement tooth. We can provide a temporary tooth as soon as the implant is placed until the healing is complete and it’s time for the crown or permanent denture to be attached.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants if you are in good overall health and have sufficient jawbone density to support the implants. However, there are some restrictions. The following issues may preclude you from having dental implants:
- Certain autoimmune disorders
- Active gum disease
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Insufficient jawbone density
- Current radiation treatments or chemotherapy
Some of these issues can be resolved through treatment or surgery, such as bone grafting. Dr. Greenbaum carefully evaluates each patient’s oral and overall health to determine whether implant dentistry is right for them.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
Implant Care and Maintenance
Once your implants have fully healed, caring for them is simple. Daily flossing and twice daily brushing are crucial to keep the replacement teeth and the surrounding tissues healthy and free of damaging bacteria that can lead to implant failure. Twice-yearly checkups and dental cleanings are also important. At your checkups, your dental implants are carefully examined for signs of a potential problem.
Choosing Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for Your Implant Dentistry
Dr. Greenbaum is a recognized expert in implant dentistry with over 30 years of experience. His unique expertise in all phases of dentistry, including implant surgery, creating the restorations, and placing the restorations, allows him to follow his patients from the initial consultation through full recovery without having to refer them to various specialists. Patients appreciate the time and money they save by seeing one dentist rather than having to coordinate multiple doctors and laboratories.
If you are considering dental implants, the first step is scheduling a consultation for an examination and x-rays. Call our Bethesda Office at Bethesda Office Phone Number 301-530-3600 to arrange your appointment. At that time, Dr. Greenbaum will review your options with you and start the process of restoring your missing teeth permanently.