Answering Dental Implant Questions

Dental implants are high-quality restorations that replace missing teeth at the root. Implants can make a huge difference in the appearance and function of patient’s smiles. Using implants, we can secure restorations like single dental crowns, bridges, and dentures so patients can have their smiles back. Restorative care with dental implants in our Annapolis, MD office ensures that restorations last and act like natural teeth. 

Answering Dental Implant Questions

Q&A: Dental Implants in Annapolis, MD

Read answers to commonly asked questions that many patients have about dental implants and the implant process:

How many dental implants will I need?

The number of implants you require will depend on:

  • Healthy jawbone
  • Number of missing teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay

We can use multiple implants to secure a full arch of missing teeth. Using the support of the jaw bone, we can plan the best areas to place the implants based on how much jaw bone you have to support the restorations. We can also provide bone grafting treatment for patients to prepare for implant treatment. 

When do I need bone grafting for implants?

We will recommend bone grafting for patients who do not have enough jaw bone to support their dental implant anchors. During bone grafting treatment, we surgically place healthy bone tissue where it is needed.

How successful is implant surgery?

Dental implants have a high success rate of 95 percent. We always ensure that patients are healthy before they undergo implant surgery to ensure that their surgery is successful. Our team also recommends that patients avoid smoking or using tobacco products during the implant process to ensure that the implants integrate with the jaw bone.

Are dental implants permanent? 

The dental implant posts are permanent. They should stay in the jaw as long as you are in good oral health. While you may need to replace your crowns, bridges, or dentures over time, the implants will stay in place.

Can dental implants fail?

Implants can “fail” when patients use tobacco products or develop dental or gum infections during implant treatment. The nicotine found in tobacco products restricts the blood vessels, which makes it difficult for patients to heal after they receive their implants. Implants can fail to integrate with the jaw bone when patients smoke or use other tobacco products during the healing process.

Dental implants can also loosen or fall out if patients develop dental infections. Patients with gum disease or tooth decay are at risk of losing their implants as harmful bacteria affect the bone and gums surrounding the implants. 

Call Annapolis dentist Dr. Vernon Sheen for implant treatment today at (443) 482-5202. You may also schedule a dental appointment online. At the Annapolis Center For Dental Health and Wellness, we’re here to help you find the best solutions to your dental problems. If you have any remaining questions, please let us know. We’re here to assist you.