Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? Do you have a denture that is uncomfortable or slipping?
It’s time 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 revitalize the appearance, health, and function of their smiles with implant treatment. Our dental care team can offer implant dentistry under one roof with experienced care using the latest technology and treatment options. Replacing one or more teeth has never been easier and the results are exceptional when compared to traditional methods and removable appliances.
Treatment with Dental Implants
We ensure that the teeth and gums are healthy and infection-free before treatment. Patients in good oral health and with sufficient bone tissue to support dental implants are great implant and implant restoration 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. These impressions are used to determine where the implants will be located. Then the dental implants are inserted into the mouth by an oral surgeon. The implants heal over a period of 3 to 6 months during a process called osseointegration. During osseointegration, the dental implant fuses with the jawbone.
Single implants are capped off with dental crowns, which are porcelain ceramic tooth caps. 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 bone loss. Even if you have lost teeth due to an injury, food debris and bacteria can collect in the missing tooth socket. Dental implants also offer a high success rate and look and feel natural. They are capped off with tooth crowns that blend in with the look of the natural smile.
Are dental implants long-lasting?
Dental implants are permanent restorations. This is because they are made of titanium and porcelain ceramic. The implant is also surgically inserted into the jawbone. Over time, the implant fuses with the jawbone, which creates a stable foundation for the abutment and tooth crown.
Can dental implants fail?
Yes, 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 have noticed 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. Let us know if you have any more questions about your dental implant treatment and we will be happy to answer them for you.