Are you missing one or more teeth? Have you been told that you are not a candidate for traditional dental implants? Then we invite you to come and visit us at Potomac Dental Centre today for a FREE consultation with Dr. Everett Eklund to learn more about how mini dental implants can restore your smile!

When dental implants began gaining prominence as a great advancement in dentistry, many wondered what the next step would be. Then, mini dental implants were developed and changed the face of implant dentistry forever. Our team at Potomac Dental Centre is proud to offer mini dental implants as part of our effort to continuously keep up with innovative technologies to help our patients get the best treatment possible.

Mini dental implants take a completely different approach than traditional dental implants. Traditional dental implants often require months of dental visits, significant bone grafting, and a long recovery period. Mini dental implants allow Dr. Everett Eklund, our experienced dentist, to place small anchors in your jaw in just one, non-invasive visit. The goal of mini dental implants in Hagerstown, Maryland, is to offer you a simple, gentle, non-surgical treatment option that provides immediate results. Dr. Everett Eklund may suggest mini dental implants if you answer “yes” to any of these questions:

  • Do you have loose or painful dentures?
  • Are you having trouble chewing?
  • Do you have a bridge that is causing problems for your other teeth?
  • Are you too embarrassed to smile because of a missing tooth?

Mini dental implants are most often used to replace missing teeth, stabilize full or partial dentures, and to help our patients who have experienced significant bone loss. We also provide a fixed implant bridge option for you if you do not want to deal with bulky dentures anymore. This has changed lives and gotten rid of the overall irritation people have had over the years with their dentures. Acquire a “third set of teeth” and throw away your denture forever! “Traditional” dental implants require a strong and healthy jaw to hold the titanium post, but many who have lost teeth have also experienced significant bone loss, disqualifying them from dental implants. Now with mini dental implants, most people are great candidates.

There are many benefits to replacing missing teeth. By utilizing mini dental implants, not only will your self-confidence rise, but so will your overall oral health. Mini dental implants can help you chew and speak properly, while also preventing your natural teeth from shifting out of place. This helps preserve your natural facial structure and volume. As a permanent solution, mini dental implants are meant to look and feel just like your natural smile.

With mini dental implants, our patients in this situation can still receive a beautiful, comfortable restoration to last a lifetime. Dr. Everett Eklund is dedicated to working with you and helping you feel confident with the care you receive at our dental office. If you are interested in learning more about mini dental implants, we encourage you to contact our dental office today and schedule your free mini dental implant consultation. We look forward to helping restore your beautiful smile!
OSSEAN® Surface 
When you receive your mini dental implant treatment, our dentist at Potomac Dental Centre will use OSSEAN® Surface technology to ensure that your implant is clean, helping to prevent complications during your healing process. To learn more about OSSEAN Surface in Hagerstown, Maryland, and to make your appointment with Dr. Everett Eklund, please call our office today at 301-790-2007.

OSSEAN® Surface technology is used to improve the chances of success for your implant procedure. There have been many scientific papers published about the remarkable performance of OSSEAN Surface in comparison to similar techniques, particularly during the initial phase of healing immediately following implant placement. These studies report that the nature of the healing chain is changed and shorted. OSSEAN technology compresses the healing process, the most critical phase of your implant treatment, from the moment your implant is surgically placed and through the first few weeks of your healing process, when most complications and adverse effects occur.

The beginning portions of your healing phase also sets the stage for the ongoing and long-term success of any future implants. As such, the importance of compressing and shortening this healing phase is very important. “In-vivo” bone histological, gene expression and nonmechanical studies show that OSSEAN Surface plays a critical role at the DNA level by favorably enhancing osteoblasts formations and accelerating the mineralization of newly formed bone.

OSSEAN Surface works through a robotic micro-blasting system. Prior to being placed in your mouth, each implant is robotically micro-blasted in a sterile environment for precise control. This process is followed by robotic sequencing and differentials for site-specific modification, preserving the cutting groove geometry, or sharpness, of the implant and permitting each section of your implant to have the optimal topography and surface roughness to be placed effectively. Procedures derived and adapted from the semiconductor industry for bio-medical applications ensure an exceptionally clean surface, and each surface is confirmed as free from contaminants by XPS-ESCA (Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis).

For more information about how OSSEAN® Surface is changing the nature of healing, and to make your appointment with our dentist, please contact our office today.
ReOss® 
If your bone tissue has deteriorated, you will not be able to receive your implant treatment without increasing the density of the bone to support the implant. Our dentist at Potomac Dental Centre uses ReOss® materials and technology to help increase your bone density and allow you to receive your restorative treatment. Several studies have shown that this system of biodegradable polymer and bioceramic composites can improve bone regeneration, optimizing resorption, osteogenesis, and osteointegration to stimulate new bone growth. Please contact us at 301-790-2007 to learn more about ReOss in Hagerstown, Maryland, and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Everett Eklund.

ReOss® is a composite biomaterial used in filling and augmenting intraoral and maxillofacial osseous defects (bone deterioration), in periodontal pockets, at the roots of a tooth, at tooth extraction sites, and in the alveolar ridge, as well as in sinus elevation procedures. It uses two phases to simulate bone regeneration – a PLGA biodegradable polymer, and a bioceramic.

The polymer phase of treatment provides a structurally stable, biocompatible matrix to which cells can adhere, and which biological fluids can penetrate. The bioceramic phase has a chemical and structural similarity to the mineral phase of natural bone, and allows the biocomposite material to bond with the natural bone and stimulate regeneration. The multi-pore, 3-dimensional architecture of ReOss helps to create an environment in which new bone growth can occur, providing an adhesive scaffolding which serves as a strong physical support for the cells as they develop. The entire system created by ReOss is an intricate, highly interconnected matrix with enhanced hydrophilic (easily wetable) properties.

ReOss uses a patented process of barosynthesis to permeate a highly porous, synthetic polymer foam with sub-micron particles. These sub-micron particles improve osteointegration, and augment protein absorption and cell adhesion to improve the ability of the bone to regenerate. This, in combination with the bone-like foam scaffold and hydrophilic surface create an environment that stimulates bone regeneration. As the cells of the new bone tissue begin to grow and develop both phases of the biocomposite – the polymer and the bioceramic – degrade, leaving behind a stable, natural bone matrix into which your implant may be placed.

For more information on ReOss®, and to make your appointment with our dentist, please contact our office today.
L-PRF (Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin) 
Dr. Everett Eklund uses Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin (L-PRF) to help accelerate your healing process following your surgical implant placement. To learn more about L-PRF in Hagerstown, Maryland, and to make your appointment with our skilled dentist, call Potomac Dental Centre today at 301-790-2007.

Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin is an autogenous combination of platelet rich fibrin, which our dentist derives from your blood. Using a simplified chairside procedure, our dentist produces a thin, compressed layer of platelet rich fibrin that is strong, pliable, and easy to use in suturing. The L-PRF is rich in platelets, cytokines, and other protein growth factors found in blood platelets and leukocytes that promote rapid healing. This network of L-PRF promotes more efficient cell migration and proliferation, and provides a more rapid healing process, especially in the first few days after your implant placement.

L-PRF is easy to manipulate. Our dentist can cut it to the appropriate size for your treatment, and the material can be easily adapted to many different anatomical areas. It is also adhesive in nature, and will remain stable at room temperature for several hours.

We invite you to contact our practice today for more information on L-PRF and to schedule your consultation with our talented dentist.

Hemostatic Dressing & Collagen Plugs 
When our dentist performs your implant placement procedure, he will use a hemostatic dressing and collagen plug to help stop the blood flow and begin the healing process. For more information about hemostatic dressings and collagen plugs in Hagerstown, Maryland, and to make your appointment with Dr. Everett Eklund at Potomac Dental Centre, please contact our office at 301-790-2007.

Hemostasis is a process used to stop bleeding. Hemostatic agents are available as powders, granules, or as dressings. Following your implant placement surgery, our dentist will provide you with a hemostatic dressing to stop the flow of blood from the surgical site and help begin the healing process. This dressing is typically medical gauze that has been specially treated with the correct agent to begin sealing off your injured blood vessels.

A collagen plug may also be provided to help close the wound. Collagen plugs are a type of resorbable soft tissue that cover your socket or graft, sealing it off and helping to stop blood flow. They are often used in areas where hemostatic dressings are difficult to place.

We welcome you to contact our practice today to learn more about hemostatic dressings and collagen plugs, and to schedule a consultation with our caring dentist.