Dental Implants

Michael J. Urban, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Michael J. Urban, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Gaithersburg, MD

Are you missing teeth? One of the best ways to fill gaps in your smile is with dental implants that provide excellent support for natural-looking replacement teeth. At his practice in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Michael J. Urban, DDS, routinely provides dental implants to help restore and enhance smiles. These metal posts fuse to your jawbone and provide a long-lasting solution to flawed smiles. To find out more, call the office or use the online scheduling tool today.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that Dr. Urban helps surgically insert into your jawbone. The posts naturally fuse to your jawbone and are used to support replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth.

A dental implant is one of the best options out there when it comes to replacing lost teeth. Unlike some other tooth replacement options, dental implants provide unfaltering support and stability for prosthetic teeth. They become a part of your jawbone and don’t allow your replacement teeth to shift or slide around.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

To get a dental implant, you need to have sufficient or strong enough jawbone to support the implant. If there isn’t enough jawbone, or it’s too weak, it may not be feasible to surgically place an implant.

How are dental implants placed?

Dr. Urban works closely with a team comprised of a neurosurgeon and a periodontist to provide dental implants. Together, they plan the precise, optimal location of your implant and the best type. The other providers perform the actual surgery, which involves using a special dental drill to place the titanium post directly into your jawbone. It’s typically done under general anesthesia.

After your implant is placed, Dr. Urban monitors the titanium post’s naturally fusion to the bone, a process called osseointegration. This can take at least several months. Afterward, once your jawbone heals, you come back in for a follow-up appointment so that Dr. Urban can attach the prosthetic tooth and restore your implant.

How long do dental implants last?

The key to ensuring that your dental implants last is practicing good oral hygiene. As long as you brush, floss, maintain regular visits with Dr. Urban for checkups and have good dietary habits, there’s no reason your dental implant shouldn’t last a lifetime.

But remember to keep coming in for routine visits. As your mouth changes naturally over time, your implant may need some minor upkeep from time to time.

To learn more about dental implants or to find out if getting one might be a good idea for you, call Dr. Urban’s office or use the online booking tool today.