Close the Gaps In Your Smile
Smile gaps cause a number of problems. Most obvious are the facial changes and poor self-image caused by missing teeth. Fortunately, Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo, and Dr. Ho Kai Wang span gaps with state-of-the-art dental implants--artificial teeth custom-designed to look and operate just like real teeth. Plus, dental implants from these skilled Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD, dentists improve jaw bone density and size every time you bite and chew.
A superior choice
When you lose a tooth in an accident or suffer extensive decay or severe gum disease, you have many choices to replace it. Partial dentures or fixed bridgework are the conventional methods. However, they pose problems of extensive wear on teeth adjoining the dental appliance, they need replacement after 10 years and they simply set on top of your gums.
Dental implants are different from and superior to traditional prosthetics because implants reside in the jaw bone below the gum line. Through what scientists call osseointegration, implants preserve and even improve bone quality, avoiding the bone, gum, and facial changes associated with tooth loss.
Dental implants boast a 40- to 50-year lifespan, states the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, making them a wise, long-term option--even for extensive tooth loss. Dental implants from your Gaithersburg and Kensington dentist can support bridges, partials, and full dentures, too.
Who can get implants?
Most healthy adults and teens whose jaws have finished growing can receive implants. A detailed dental examination and X-rays will tell if you have sufficient bone in your jaw to receive the titanium implant devices. Additionally, non-smokers and individuals who practice careful brushing and flossing habits are great candidates.
The procedure itself takes place in two stages:
- Implant insertion with the benefit of local anesthetic
- Bonding of a metal abutment and porcelain crown
Between the two stages, your dentist leaves adequate time for the implant to integrate with the jaw bone, creating a firm foundation for the rest of the appliance.
Gaps? What gaps?