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By Smile Design Studio
January 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you wondering if you should get dental implants in Bethesda, MD?dental implants

Tooth loss is certainly not an issue you should ignore if it happens to you. We know that you thought your smile would last forever but you can still have a beautiful smile after tooth loss and our Bethesda, MD, dentists Dr. Michael Wright, Dr. Treva Willis and Dr. Maria Wright can make sure that you get a healthy smile back with a little help from dental implants.

Why choose dental implants?

We get this question a lot, but there is a reason so many people are turning to dental implants to replace their missing teeth. Implants are the closest you can get to a real tooth. While maintaining your natural teeth is the ideal, when this is no longer possible then dental implants can be the second best option. After all, no other restoration functions as closely to real teeth than this long-term tooth replacement.

When you first look at an implant it seems hard to believe that this small metal restoration can really take the place of your missing tooth or teeth, but it can. In fact, no other tooth replacement will be able to provide such a solid, resilient foundation from which to support false teeth.

How are dental implants placed?

First, the implant must be placed into the jawbone. For this to be possible, our Bethesda, MD, cosmetic dentist will need to make a small hole in the jawbone where the implant will be placed. This procedure might sound rather involved, but it’s simple, can be performed right here in our office as an outpatient procedure, and it will all be done under local anesthesia so you won’t feel a thing.

Once the implant is placed it will take the mouth several months to fully heal from the procedure. While the healing process happens, the jawbone will grow around the implant, making it a permanent structure. With implants, you will never have to worry about them moving or shifting around in your mouth, unlike dentures.

When the implant and the jawbone are fully integrated it’s now time to place an abutment over the implant. An abutment is like a tooth that’s been prepped for a crown. Its sole purpose is to connect the implant, which is under the gums, with an artificial tooth (the part of the implant that’s visible). In some situations, the implant will already have an abutment attached, in which case all we will have to do is secure the dental crown over top.

However, if you are dealing with multiple missing teeth or even a full row of missing teeth dental implants can still support and hold your dental bridge or a full set of dentures firmly in place.

If you are ready to take the next steps to getting your smile back then it’s time you called the Smile Design Studio in Bethesda, MD, to schedule your consultation. Turn to the experts who will know how to get you the smile you want.

By Smile Design Studio
September 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about some common dental treatments offered by your Bethesda dentists.cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry

Want a great smile? Your dentist can help you love your smile again. Dentists have an array of techniques at their disposal for transforming your smile. Dr. Michael Wright, Dr. Treva Willis, and Dr. Maria Wright at Smile Design Studio in Bethesda, MD, offer a full range of dental services. Here are seven common dental treatments you should know about.

Dental Veneers 

Dental veneers are a quick fix for unsightly teeth. Dental veneers are thin shells that are placed over the front part of the teeth to enhance your appearance. Veneers are routinely used to restore teeth that are discolored, chipped, or crooked. It's also possible to fix gaps cosmetically through the use of cosmetic veneers. 


Invisalign is a clear alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for your treatment plan. The aligners straighten teeth through the placement of force on the teeth. Invisalign is used to fix crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, an underbite, overbite, protruding teeth, and gapped teeth.

Dental Implants

Do you feel self-conscious about your missing teeth? Dental implants are a fixed alternative to removable dentures. You can use dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. There are many advantages to dental implants, including improved oral health, easier eating, improved comfort, and improved speech.

Dental Bonding

Bonding uses tooth-colored material, called composite resin. Composite resin is put on the tooth and hardened with a special light. Bonding is used to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, and decayed teeth. Bonding is also used to fix gaps between teeth and improve the appearance of discolored teeth.

All-On-4 Implants

Are are missing most of your teeth? You don't need an implant for each one of your missing teeth. The All-On-4 procedure utilizes only four implants to replace all teeth on an upper or lower arch. With All-on-4 implants, you will feel more confident when speaking with people. You will feel better. You will look better. You will have a renewed quality of life. 

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can fill in your smile's gaps and improve your appearance. Dental bridges are usually created from porcelain and precious metal and will be fixed in your mouth. The bridge consists of the fabricated tooth/teeth and two dental crowns on each side. Dental bridges match natural teeth exceptionally well. With a bridge, you will look and feel more attractive. 

Teeth Whitening

Want a bright, white smile? Your main options are at-home teeth whitening and in-office bleaching. At-home teeth whitening involves custom-fitted dental trays filled with hydrogen peroxide gel that you can use at home. For in-office bleaching, your dentist will combine high-intensity bleaching gel with a light to speed up the whitening process. 

Want a better life? Start with your smile. Call Smile Design Studio at 301-907-8201 now to schedule a dental appointment in Bethesda, MD. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile.