Dental Implants Specialist

The Wilhelm Dental Group

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in La Plata, MD

If you’re missing teeth, replacing them with dental implants can improve both the look of your smile and your overall oral health. Eric Wilhelm, DDS, and The Wilhelm Dental Group in La Plata, Maryland, have more than 25 years of experience working with a variety of implant systems, which has given them a deep understanding of how to truly improve your smile with dental implants. To learn more about what dental implants can do for you, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a state-of-the-art solution for replacing missing teeth.

The implant is a tiny, titanium post that’s surgically implanted into your jawbone, where it fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration. Once fused, a dental implant functions just like a natural tooth root. This provides for a strong and sturdy foundation on top of which Dr. Wilhelm and the team at The Wilhelm Dental Group affix a permanent crown, bridge, dentures, or removable dentures. 

Dental implants are so similar to your natural tooth roots that having an implant makes it feel like you were never missing a tooth in the first place.

Why should I get dental implants?

Missing teeth leave a dark hole in your smile, both cosmetically and medically. By filling in the empty spaces in your smile, dental implants correct many of the issues that result from not having all of your teeth. For example, dental implants can:

  • Prevent bone loss in your jaw
  • Reduce your risk of dental infections
  • Improve your ability to eat and speak properly
  • Eliminate the jaw pain that comes from misaligned teeth
  • Hold the rest of your teeth in line and prevent them from shifting into the empty space

Dental implants also work to maintain the natural shape of your face. When you’re missing teeth, your facial muscles around the empty spaces can atrophy and cave in, leading to a “sunken in” appearance. By replacing your missing teeth, dental implants stimulate your jawbone and keep your facial muscles in place.

How do I get dental implants?

Dr. Wilhelm installs your dental implants in just a few office visits at The Wilhelm Dental Group. He numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, makes a small surgical incision in your gum, drills a tiny hole in your jawbone, and inserts the implant. He sends you home to heal and wait for the implant to fuse with your jawbone, which takes a few months.

After your implant has fused, you come back to the office to place your abutment, which is a small metal post that attaches to the implant and sticks up out of your gumline. 

Once your abutment is firmly in place, Dr. Wilhelm attaches your restoration, giving you a renewed smile that you’ll be able to confidently eat and speak with as soon as you leave the office!

How do I care for my dental implant?

The best part about dental implants is that they don’t require any special care. Your implants will last a lifetime if you practice good at-home care and maintain regular checkups with The Wilhelm Dental Group. So be sure to brush twice a day, floss daily, and schedule your routine cleanings.

Call The Wilhelm Dental Group today or schedule a visit online and see how dental implants can improve your smile.