Dental Implant FAQs

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

What Are Dental Implants Used To Treat?

  • Replacing a Single Tooth  
    • If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it.
  • Replacing Several Teeth  
    • If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them.
  • Replacing All of Your Teeth  
    • If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them.

Am I A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?

To determine if you are an ideal candidate, you will need to undergo a full evaluation. Dr. Rafat will assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and jaw and recommend the most appropriate solution for your dental health. 

  • The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.

If there are concerns about the condition of your oral health, we offer treatments to improve gum and bone structure to accommodate dental implants and ensure a stable result.

What Happens After I Receive My Dental Implants?

Just like your natural teeth, your own teeth require conscientious at-home oral care and regular dental visits. Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing will still apply.

What Food Should I Eat After I Receive My Dental Implants?

Following the proper diet is one of the keys to recovering from dental implant surgery. We will make dietary recommendations to ensure a healthy recovery.

You may need to temporarily avoid eating chewy or sticky foods. These foods can cause discomfort because they require a lot of chewing. Additionally, foods like popcorn, chips, nuts, crackers, and candy should be avoided. Small pieces of those foods can get stuck in the incision site, which can cause an infection. Once your soft tissues have healed you can resume your normal diet. One of the key benefits of dental implants is the restoration of normal chewing function for the long-term enjoyment of a varied diet and your favorite foods.

Schedule A Consultation

If you are searching for implant dentistry in Baltimore County, visit our team at Advanced Dental Health. Dr. Rafat has advanced training in implant dentistry and offers a full range of services to address you tooth replacement needs. To learn more about how implants can benefit you, schedule a consultation with our team today. To schedule an appointment, call (410) 656-2278 or request an appointment online.