Are you missing one or more natural teeth? Do you have a denture that is uncomfortable or slipping?
If so, you may want to consider the benefits of dental implants. Dental implants are versatile dental restorations that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They provide stability and strength to the dental structure. Implants can also be used to support dental prosthetics including dental bridges and full or partial dentures.
At Horizon Family Dental Care, we provide dental implants in our La Plata, Clinton, Hanover, and Baltimore, MD dental offices. We help our patients revive the appearance, health, and function of their smiles with implant treatment. Our dental care team offers implant dentistry under one roof. We are experienced and use only the latest technology and treatment options. Replacing one or more teeth has never been easier. Dental implants offer better results when compared to traditional tooth replacement methods and removable appliances.
Treatment with Dental Implants
Our first job is to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and infection free before treatment. Patients in good oral health and with sufficient bone tissue are great dental implant candidates. Bone grafting is an option that we offer for patients who have areas that require sufficient bone tissue.
We will begin treatment by taking dental impressions. We will use them to determine where to place the implants along the jaw. Then an oral surgeon will insert the dental implants into the proper spot. The implants heal over a period of 3 to 6 months during a process called osseointegration. During this time, the dental implant fuses with the jawbone.
Your dentist will cap off the single implant with a porcelain ceramic dental crown. Patients who are receiving implant supported dental bridges or dentures will receive their restoration after the dental implants have fully healed.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read answers to common questions about dental implants:
What are the top benefits of dental implants?
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Patients who have lost teeth due to an infection or poor oral hygiene are already prone to further jaw bone loss. Even if you have lost teeth due to an injury, food debris and bacteria can collect in empty socket along the jaw. Dental implants offer a high success rate and look and feel natural. They replace the tooth root and the crown portion of the tooth. Your dentist will cap them off with a tooth crown that will blend in with your natural smile.
Will my dental implants last a long time?
Dental implants are permanent, long term solution to treat tooth loss. An implant restoration is made up of a titanium post and porcelain ceramic. They will also fuse completely with your jawbone. This creates a stable foundation for the abutment and tooth crown. While the implant will last a long time, you may need to replace the crown from normal wear and tear. This is normal. However, the better you care for the crown and your oral health, the longer it will last.
Can dental implants fail?
Sometimes dental implants can fail to fuse with the jawbone. This is often due to poor oral hygiene and a gum or tooth infection. Common signs of implant failure include a change in the fit of the implant or restoration, swelling around the implant, and sensitivity at the gum line or around the implant. Please contact us if you notice any change in the fit of your dental implants or implant restoration. If you have a damaged implant or restoration, we can provide emergency care.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Do you want to restore your missing teeth with dental implants or an implant restoration? Request a dental appointment with us on our website. We will answer all your questions about your dental implant treatment.