Dr. Michael J. Will, Maryland cosmetic surgeon, received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College, his dental degree from Georgetown University and his medical degree from the University of Texas. He completed his General Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Will also completed a General Cosmetic Surgery fellowship at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
He is retired from the U.S. Army with over twenty years of service as a maxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon. His final military assignment was spent as the Chairman, Residency Program Director and Consultant to the Surgeon General in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Dr. Will is a board certified Oral Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon, and Dental Anesthesiologist. He has authored numerous textbook chapters and scientific articles, and is a recognized national lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial and Cosmetic Surgery.
Dr. Will is on the medical staff at Frederick Memorial Hospital (Frederick, Md).
- Diplomate – American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Diplomate – American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
- Diplomate – American Dental Board of Anesthesiology
- Fellow – American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Fellow – American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
- Fellow – American College of Surgeons
- Fellow – American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
- Maryland Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Middle Atlantic Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Board Examiner – American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Board Examiner – American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
- President – American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
- Trustee – American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
Dr. Will enjoys spending time with his wife, Debbie and two sons, Brian and Andrew. His other extracurricular interests include hunting, fishing, skiing and golf.
DENTAL IMPLANTS :
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. If you are in the Urbana, MD area, call us at (301)874-1707 to discuss your options with dental implants.
What are dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Zirconia Ceramic Dental Implants – A Holistic, Metal-Free Alternative
Ceramic dental implants are a metal-free alternative to teeth restoration. Titanium implants are most commonly used today, but we now also offer a ceramic option which is becoming more popular. Some patients opt for ceramic implants for holistic reasons or they have sensitivity toward metal like titanium. Being metal free, ceramic implants have a low chance of allergic reaction.
The Surgical Procedure for Dental Implants
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist will be forming new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Will uncovers the implants and attaches small posts that act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily lives.
Surgical Advances with Dental Implants Procedure
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Will is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction–further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants with crowns at one visit. This procedure, called “immediate loading,” greatly simplifies the surgical process.