What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are replacements for the roots of your teeth– they are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are made of titanium, a strong, lightweight, biocompatible material that will not be rejected by the body. Titanium is also widely used in other implantation procedures such as orthopedic joint replacements.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth, therefore if you are missing a tooth, you may be a candidate. Implants are placed into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure performed in our office. To be considered for dental implants our dentists will require that you are in good general health before the procedure. Existing conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, radiation to the jaw, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease may affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone. There must be sufficient bone density for the implants to work properly. The best way to learn if you are a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with our dental team at one of our convenient locations.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Dental implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. They are strong and stable, and allow you to resume your lifestyle with little recovery time.
- Dental implants are a long-term solution. When maintained correctly, they require minor adjustments but will last a lifetime with proper care.
- Dental implants restore your natural facial shape, smile and speaking abilities.
- Dental implants stimulate bone growth and keep your existing natural teeth healthy. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone. When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness. Implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
Are you a candidate for dental implants? Let our team of Horizon Family Dental Care dentists and specialists in Baltimore, Clinton and Hanover, MD help redesign your smile. Schedule a consultation today!