Dental Implants: An Overview
There are many options for replacing missing teeth, but none replace the natural look, feel and function as well as dental implants. Studies have proven their safety, longevity, and patient satisfaction.
Our office delivers complete restorative services for dental implants in Severna Park, MD. We will coordinate the entire treatment plan, working with an oral surgeon or periodontist to place the dental implant and then completing the implant restoration in our Severna Park dental office.
A dental implant is an artificial “root” that is placed into the jaw. Once healed, a custom made tooth is attached to the implant, restoring form, function, and aesthetics. Single or multiple implants may be placed and multiple teeth can be restored at once. Dental implants are also often used to secure loose fitting dentures. An existing denture can be refitted to “clip” onto implants, resulting in a dramatic increase in stability and comfort.
Dental Implants: What to Expect
For most patients, dental implant placement involves two procedures:
First, the dental implant, a tiny titanium post, is surgically placed into the jawbone. The healing process generally takes three to six months. The dentist may place a temporary restoration onto the dental implant during the healing process to replace aesthetics and function.
The second part of the dental implant procedure involves the implant restoration. The dentist will uncover the dental implant and attach an abutment. The replacement tooth or teeth will be attached to the abutment for a permanent restoration. In the case of a single missing tooth, the dentist will use a dental crown. For two or more missing teeth, the dentist may use a dental bridge or denture.
Dental Implant FAQs
Are dental implants painful?
The actual dental implant procedure is no more and sometimes less painful than having a tooth extracted. Patients can expect some tenderness and swelling immediately following the procedure, but most symptoms subside within 2 – 3 days.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants varies from one patient to another based on the location of the missing tooth or teeth and the type of material used for the restoration. Things to consider include bone health, condition of neighboring teeth, and number of dental implants to be placed. We will review all of the details, including the cost of your procedure prior to treatment.
I have more than one missing tooth, can I still use dental implants?
Yes, dental implants can used to secure a denture or partial dentures. Visit us for affordable dental implant services in Severna Park, MD.