Dr. David Rever is an educated and talented implant dentist. He has completed the Implant Seminars, Implant Dentistry Continuum, and Masters Series programs. Dr. Rever is a member of the International College of Oral Implantologists and a Fellow of the International Dental Implant Association. He can complete the dental implant process over several months and multiple trips to our Silver Spring, MD, dental office.
Dental implants are durable titanium anchors. They use abutments and restorations to renew the appearance and function of one or more teeth. Implants require time to ensure they heal and become a part of the mouth. For patients who qualify, Dr. Rever will take the time to explain how the process works. The dental implant process requires time and patience. Implants need healthy gum and bone tissue to stay in place.
The Dental Implant Process in Silver Spring, MD
Whether you secure implants with a crown, bridge, or denture, you need time to receive your restoration. There are several steps to the dental implant process:
Planning Your Treatment
To begin the process, you will meet with Dr. Rever. He will thoroughly examine your mouth and review your medical history.
During this consultation and examination, he will determine if you are healthy enough to get dental implants. To qualify for implants, you must have good overall and oral health and enough bone to support the implant posts.
If you use tobacco, he will recommend you quit to give you the best chance at success. Tobacco products like cigarettes and vapes slow down the healing process. Your implants can fail if you use tobacco during the implant process.
Dr. Rever will then create a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. We can schedule your surgery quickly if you do not require any preparatory procedures, such as a bone graft or periodontal therapy.
Dental implants need healthy jaw bone tissue and gum tissue to be successful. Grafting uses healthy gum or bone tissue to build up the gums or the jaw bone. Additionally, if you have gum disease, we recommend deep cleaning or even surgery, depending on the extent of your gum damage. We will ensure you are in good dental health before you get dental implants for the most successful treatment.
Placing Your Dental Implants
Our dentist will place dental implants in the jaw bone during a surgical procedure using a local anesthetic. The size, type, and number of implants you need depend on your unique needs and where we will place them. Typically, it takes about an hour or two to place a single implant. It can take two to three hours to place multiple implants.
The recovery time for dental implants can take about three to six months. During this time, your jawbone will fuse to the implant posts. This process is called osseointegration. Dr. Rever will monitor you to ensure everything is healing nicely. He will place a temporary restoration for comfort and aesthetic purposes during this time.
Placing Your Dental Restoration
Once your mouth heals, Dr. Rever will place the abutment, or connecting piece, to the implant post. It will take more time to heal properly.
Then, once you are fully healed, Dr. Rever will take several impressions of your teeth. We will use these to fabricate your new custom dental restoration. When ready, you will return to our Silver Spring office. We will check the color, shape, and fit of your restoration. Finally, we will permanently attach your restoration to your implants.
What are Teeth in a Day?
“Teeth in a Day” refers to receiving a tooth extraction, implant placement, and temporary restoration on the same day. This process is typically for patients who receive implant dentures. While this does not mean you can get your final restoration in one day, it means you are not without teeth as you heal.
Same-day implants are possible with proper preparation. Before implant treatment, we will take dental X-rays to view the teeth, gums, and jaw. We will use these X-rays to determine if you need pretreatment. Treatments like gum disease, root canals, and tooth extractions will treat problem teeth and ensure your health.
Immediate implants can ensure that you have a temporary restoration. This means you don’t need to worry about missing tooth gaps, especially in the front of the mouth.
Are Dental Implants Worth It?
Implant treatment may take longer than other treatments. It takes time to precisely plan treatment, place the implants, and ensure proper healing. However, implants offer many benefits over traditional removable restorations.
Replacing teeth with an implant restoration is a routine process with a success rate of over 95 percent. Caring for your implants after surgery will ensure they last for years. Implant posts are permanent; you only need to replace false teeth over time.
Additionally, dental implant anchors replace teeth at the root. This means they support the surrounding teeth and gums. Dental implants also support your facial structure. Implant restorations combat facial sagging, common in many patients with missing teeth.
Implants provide a more stable, functional bite to eat the foods you love. Unlike with removable dentures, implants do not restrict you to soft foods. Implants ensure that restorations do not slip around the mouth. With support from dental implants, your new crown, dental bridge, or denture will look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Schedule Your Implant Consultation Today
Dr. Rever is dedicated to teaching his patients about dental implants. He wants to help you make informed decisions about your dental health. Call Dr. Rever to learn about the dental implant process in his Silver Spring, MD, dentist’s office. Contact us today at (301) 637-0960. You can also schedule a dental appointment online.
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