When you choose dental implants to replace missing teeth, you’re making an investment in your oral health, as well as the aesthetic value of your smile. At Horizon Family Dental Care, with convenient locations in Baltimore, Clinton, and Hanover, Maryland, the skilled dental professionals work together to help restore your teeth to their best form and function, and dental implants are an ideal way to do just that. Implants look and feel most like your natural teeth. To learn more about dental implants, call the office closest to you or click online to schedule a consultation.
Dental Implants Q & A
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are custom-fitted artificial teeth your Horizon Family Dental Care dentist uses to replace a missing tooth or several teeth. Each implant is like a single tooth with a “root” and a crown. The root is a titanium screw that becomes a permanent part of your jawbone and the top part of the tooth, the crown, securely fits on top of the screw.
Each new implant functions as a natural tooth, so you can chew, talk, and smile with confidence. Your new dental implants look just like your natural teeth, too, since your dentist creates them to blend as closely as possible in size, shape, and color with the surrounding teeth. For many adults, dental implants are an ideal alternative to removable bridges or dentures that are prone to slipping out of place.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants help restore your mouth to its fully functioning state and improve your smile aesthetically. Other benefits of implants include:
- Improve jawbone health and prevent bone loss long-term
- Durable materials that aren’t susceptible to tooth decay
- Maintain your proper facial structure and prevent sagging skin
- Improve your overall oral health
- Prevent other teeth from shifting into an empty space where a tooth once was
- Allow you to speak naturally
- Allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods without worry
- Avoid more complicated dental procedures in the future
- Easy to care for — brush and floss as you normally would
Replacing a single missing tooth or several teeth with custom dental implants helps to restore your oral health. Leaving a space after a missing tooth, rather than replacing it, can lead to further instances of tooth decay and gum disease. A new implant helps keep your natural teeth healthy.
Am I a Candidate for Implants?
If you have a missing tooth and you’re in good overall health, you might be a good candidate for dental implants. At your consultation, your dentist at Horizon Family Dental Care evaluates your oral health, your overall health, and the condition of your jawbone. They use 3D cone beam imaging to get a comprehensive view of your teeth, jaw, and oral structures.
The advanced technology of the 3D cone beam technology provides your dental team with an accurate three-dimensional image of your teeth, mouth, jaw, and neck. They can also view your ears, nose, and throat. This complete image allows your dental team to assess your jaw health so they’ll know if your jawbone can support the implants.
You need a healthy jawbone in order to secure the titanium root of each new implant, so the new tooth fits securely in your mouth. Bone grafts are available to increase strength in your jawbone and make you eligible for implants.
Additionally, to be a good candidate for dental implants, it helps if you’re a nonsmoker, and are willing to commit to the entire procedure.
If you’re missing a tooth, don’t delay in replacing it. Find out more about dental implants by calling the Horizon Family Dental Care office closest to you or booking an appointment online.