Published: 07/09/2018

If there is one thing that can keep you from smiling for any picture, it is missing teeth. At the Advanced Laser Gum Surgery Institute of Washington in Rockville, MD, Dr. Steven N. Rice and staff wants you to feel confident and ready to smile when friends and family are snapping those memorable photos over the summer. If you are hiding your smile due to missing or severely damaged teeth, then dental implants may be your solution.

Why Dental Implants Are Effective

Dental implants typically consist of titanium posts that a skilled periodontist, such as Dr. Rice, places into the jaw bone. Before this can happen, Dr. Rice determines if any teeth need to be extracted, how many implants need to be placed, and if the jawbone has sufficient density to support the implants. If you are a good candidate for the procedure, Dr. Rice will make a plan for placing the implants.

Once they are in the jawbone, the titanium posts are then topped with a crown that looks just like your natural teeth. The post keeps the crown firmly in place so it does not slide around, and you do not have to worry about removing the implant for cleaning. When taken care of, dental implants can last for decades or a lifetime.

What Dental Implants Mean for You

If you qualify for implants, you get to enjoy these benefits:

  • Eat what you want. You do not have dietary restrictions with implants, so you can eat your favorite foods.
  • Easily care for your teeth. You do not remove implants for cleaning – simply brush and floss your teeth like normal. Our staff can give you further instructions.
  • Talk with ease. Because the implant will not slip around, you should still be able to talk with ease.
  • Smile with confidence. An implant means you do not have to stress about a missing tooth, so smile wide for those photos!


Contact Us Today 

While not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, they are an effective solution that could restore the smile and confidence of many patients. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with our periodontist, Dr. Rice, today.

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