Dental implants are high-quality dental restorations made of titanium. A single dental implant consists of a titanium screw, abutment, and dental crown. Implants may be used to replace one or multiple missing teeth. This means that patients can receive implant-secured dental bridges or dentures if needed. Dr. Puneet Agarwal provides full dental implant services under one roof at Dovedale Dental Care in Marriottsville, MD. He is dedicated to helping patients with missing teeth restore their smiles.
Treatment with Dental Implants in Marriottsville, MD
Before implant treatment, we ensure that patients are good candidates for treatment. We will recommend bone grafting or periodontal therapy to patients as needed. Patients need to be in good oral health and have enough bone tissue to support their implants for treatment. Dr. Agarwal will take x-rays and scans of the mouth. Using these detailed images of the teeth and gums, Dr. Agarwal will create a customized implant treatment plan. He will determine where to place your implants for optimal support and take impressions to craft custom restorations.
Implant treatment begins when Dr. Agarwal makes an incision in the gums to access the jawbone. He inserts the implant posts in the jaw bone tissue. Over time, during a process called osseointegration, the implant posts fuse with the jaw bone tissue. This healing process can take three to six months. Dr. Agarwal will provide patients with a temporary restoration during this time. Once the implants are healed, Dr. Agarwal will attach the permanent crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Dental Implant FAQs
Do you have questions about implants? Read our implant Q&A to learn more about this restorative treatment:
How long do dental implants last?
Although a crown, bridge, or denture may need to be replaced over time, the titanium implant post should last for many years. Once the implants fuse with the jaw bone, they become a part of the smile. With the right care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Can I receive implants if I already have a bridge or denture?
Yes, please contact us if you have a removable dental bridge or denture but want to try dental implants. Our team will also ensure that you are a perfect candidate for implant treatment.
How do I clean my dental implants?
During the healing process, we encourage patients to clean the area with a saltwater rinse. Once patients receive their permanent implant restoration, we recommend that patients use floss or an interdental brush to clean between their implant crowns. Our dentists will teach you the right techniques to clean the area around your gums and the base of your crown. When you brush your implant crowns, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Hard-bristled brushes or toothpaste that contain abrasive substances can scratch the crowns.
Restore Your Smile
Do you want to know if you are a candidate for dental implant treatment? Call 410-498-6268 or request a dental appointment with our team online. The team at Dovedale Dental Care looks forward to seeing you on your next office visit!