Dental Implants Specialist

Dentistry @ Hagerstown

Preetinder Kaur Aulakh, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Hagerstown, MD

After losing a tooth, nothing creates a more natural replacement than dental implants. At Dentistry @ Hagerstown in Hagerstown, Maryland, experienced dentist Preetinder Aulakh, DDS, and her team can permanently restore normal tooth function with a dental implant customized for your mouth. If you’re in Hagerstown, Williamsport, Smithsburg, or Boonsboro, Maryland, or Waynesboro or Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, book an appointment online or call Dentistry @ Hagerstown to learn more about dental implants now.

Dental Implants Q & A

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a metal post that your implant specialist secures in the jaw bone under your gums. The top part of the dental implant holds a pontic, a natural-looking tooth replacement. There are several different uses for dental implants, including:

  • Individual dental implants to replace one tooth
  • Full mouth dental implants
  • Two or more implants to anchor a dental bridge 
  • Four or more implants to anchor permanent dentures

The Dentistry @ Hagerstown team can help you determine whether a dental implant can work for you.

What are the benefits of getting dental implants?

A dental implant is the next best thing to keeping your own tooth after tooth loss. If you lose your tooth due to trauma, sickness, or severe decay, you end up with a big gap in your teeth and a host of other issues like difficulty chewing, receding gums, bone loss, and increased tooth decay in the surrounding teeth. 

Plus, a missing tooth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and appearance in general. Implants trigger bone remodeling, which stops bone loss and also helps you retain your healthy facial contours. A dental implant is a permanent dental device that can resolve all of the problems associated with tooth loss at one time.

What is involved in getting a dental implant?

First, the Dentistry @ Hagerstown team evaluates your mouth using digital X-rays and a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) system. CBCT imaging scans your mouth and jaws in great detail, and then the Dentistry @ Hagerstown team uses those images to create a 3D image to use in surgical planning. With CBCT, your providers can precisely map your dental implant placement. 

You'll receive anesthesia and sedation before starting the dental implant surgery. After your provider creates a small incision in your gums, they'll implant the post in your jaw and then secure your gums with a few small sutures.

You’ll typically have a few months to heal after implant placement. During this time, your jaw bone and implant fuse together, a process known as osseointegration. You’ll come back to get your new crown, bridge, or dentures once the implants are strong and secure.

In some cases, patients get their dental implant and tooth restoration at the same time. The Dentistry @ Hagerstown team can tell you which is the best approach for your long-term oral health.

Book your appointment at Dentistry @ Hagerstown with the online scheduler, or call the office for a dental implant consultation now.