Dental Implants Specialist in Chevy Chase, MD

Dental Implant Specialist

Dental implants are artificial teeth that replace your missing teeth.
The implant procedure involves a surgery that is moderately invasive,
and not all dentists are able to perform it. If you are looking for a
dental implant specialist, this page helps you find the right one.

What kind of dentist performs a dental implant

When it comes to dental implants, general dentists, oral surgeons,
maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, and prosthodontists can all
perform the procedure.

There are some situations where one specialist is preferred over the
other. We will help you make the right choice.

Why do you need an implant?

Tooth loss is a common dental problem. When you lose some teeth,
dental implants provide a permanent way of replacing them. A dental
implant is a screw-like device that is inserted into your jawbone to
replace a missing tooth root.

Dental implants are often chosen instead of dentures or bridges
because they look and feel more like real teeth. You can bite and chew
food without worrying about damaging the implant. Implants are durable,
they can last 10 years or more.

You need a dental implant because a missing tooth affects you
differently. Missing teeth make your smile incomplete. The gaps left can
make it hard to eat and speak, and can also cause teeth shifting which
can impact your dental structure. It is important to replace missing
teeth to avoid these problems.

The Dental Implant Procedure

  • Your dental implant specialist administers an anesthetic to numb
    the area and then inserts the titanium screw (implant post) into your

  • After approximately 10 weeks, your gum heals and the jawbone
    fuses with the post.

  • A custom crown is then fitted on top of the implant to give you a
    new tooth.

Replacing missing teeth is important for overall dental health and
dental implants are a popular option. Call us if you need help finding a
dental implant specialist.