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Dental Implants...
What are some of the benefits?
  • Talk, laugh and smile wityt6h confidence, with teeth that are firmly supported and feel just like you natural teeth.

  • Enjoy better health through renewed eating habits.

  • Return to simple oral hygiene with no soaking or adhesives.

  • Live without gum irritation or mouth pain.

  • Recover your natural smile, and all the confidence behind it.

  • Regain full function without damaging your remaining healthy teeth.

  • Help protect your jawbone from further shrinkage and deterioration.

How successful are Dental Implants?
Over thirty years of clinical documentation has proven the success of cylindrical implant system, with over 30 million patients treated. Cylindrical type implant system continue to lead the world in dental implant treatment with one of the highest success rates in dentistry.

Are dental implants always successful?
There is a small possibility that the dental implant and bone will not integrate correctly or that an implant will fail after some period of time. If this happens, the implant can be removed and often replaced by another implant.

Will my new tooth or teeth look natural?
Depending upon your condition, your new tooth or teeth will ideally look, feel and function like your own. Dental implants currently provide some of the finest restorative results in dentistry.

How long will my implant last?
The first cylindrical type of dental implants were put in place 30 years ago and are still functioning perfectly. To date, there is no time limit on the life expectancy of successful cylindrical implant systems.

How long does the implant procedure take?
The first procedure, placement of the implants, takes approximately 40 to 60 minutes for each implant. It may take longer if an immediate implant is performed at the same time as the tooth extraction.

Is the procedure painful?
If you are like most patients, you will experience no major discomfort during or after the operation. You and your doctor will discuss options for anesthesia and plan your procedure accordingly. In general, however it is done with local anesthesia (xylocaine or "novocaine")

Will there be any swelling after the implant procedure?
This too can vary, but most people experience only minimal swelling. If that does occur usually resolves within one or two days after the procedure.

How long will it take before I receive my replacement tooth or teeth?
The dental implants are usually be left undisturbed in the jaw for 3 to 4 months for osseointegration to take place. Then the new tooth or teeth can be attached to the implants. Some of the newer systems, however, allow the implants to be used in only TWO months- see Dr. Mao for more information on this special type of dental implant.

How will the teeth be attached to the dental implant and what are the steps?
After osseointegration has occurred, a minor procedure is performed to expose the top of the dental implant and attach a small post or abutment. Then a new tooth or crown is custom designed to fit precisely on top of this abutment (see video)

Will I be able to chew on the implant teeth with the same amount of force and pressure as I do with my natural teeth?
Yes. Studies have shown that chewing efficiency improves significantly after treatment with cylindrical implant systems and, following a brief adaptation period, is comparable to the chewing efficiency of natural teeth.

How much will implant treatment cost?
The actual cost of the procedure will depend on the number of implants necessary, the position of implant placement and the type of replacement teeth that will best meet your needs. All in all, dental implants represent a wise investment in overall health and well-being and provide you with substantial long-term benefits. Dr. Mao will be glad to discuss the costs with you. Call him or e-mail him with your individual situation.


Richard Mao, D.M.D.
Practice Limited to Periodontics
E-Mailwith Questions


402 Severn Bldg.
8600 La Salle Rd.
Towson, Md. 21286
Tel:(410) 321-9595
707 N.Hickory Ave.
Bel Air, Md. 21014
Tel:(410) 879-6969