Dental Implants FAQs
Frequently Asked Dental Implant Questions in BethesdaMD
As the best implant dentist in Bethesda, we are changing lives every day by replacing missing teeth and restoring smiles. Strong as natural teeth because they are anchored into the jaw, dental implants are a teeth replacement method that allows you to eat your favorite food without having to worry about your teeth slipping. Implant teeth give you back the freedom to talk, eat, and laugh without constraint.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a 3-part artificial tooth that consists of a titanium screw that we place in your jaw, a crown which is the visible part of the implant, and an abutment that protrudes from the screw and holds the crown in place.
How do dental implants work?
We place a titanium screw in your jaw that acts as an anchor or root for your artificial tooth. Through a process called osseointegration, the implant fuses with the jawbone, permanently stabilizing the new tooth and allowing it to function naturally.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The process of implant placement can take up to 18 months, but we tailor each procedure to every individual patient, taking into careful consideration the complexity of your case, including your potential need for bone grafting.
What are the steps involved in having a dental implant placed by Dr. Greenbaum?
Dr. Greenbaum begins with a consultation appointment in which your overall health and the health of your jaw is assessed. Next, we will review the different options that would work best for you and create a treatment plan, including the form of anesthesia you would like to use. Finally, you will come in for a follow-up appointment that will be scheduled after your surgery. Once the implant has healed, the dentist will perform another short procedure to expose the implant so that we can begin making a crown.
Will I need to have bone grafting?
Our patients who have been missing a tooth for more than a month will typically require some bone grafting. At your consultation, the oral surgeon will evaluate the surgical site, discuss with you your unique needs, and advise accordingly.
Will I miss work?
Our patients normally take the rest of the day off following an implant procedure and return to work the following day with very little discomfort.
Do dental implants hurt?
No! The surgical site is kept numb throughout implant surgery. As the anesthesia wears off later in the day, any mild discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter medications.
How long do implants last?
When properly cared for, our implants last a lifetime. It’s important that you care for your implant teeth just as you care for your natural teeth to ensure implant health and longevity.
How do I care for implants?
Implant care is quite simple. Treat them like your natural teeth: brush twice and floss once daily, and make sure to attend your routine cleanings and checkups at our office. The better the care, the longer they last!