Dental Implants – Ellicott City, MD
Improving Smiles with a Permanent Solution
Missing teeth are not only detrimental to your smile’s appearance but your long-term oral health as well. Gaps in your smile can cause the remaining teeth to shift out of place and even make you more susceptible to gum disease, which itself is the leading cause of tooth loss in the world today. At Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group, we’re able to rebuild our patients’ smiles and self-confidence using dental implants, the most advanced tooth replacement solution available today. What are they? How do they work? Read on to learn more, or contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss tooth replacement with dental implants in Ellicott City, MD.
Why Choose Ellicott City Smiles Dental Group For Dental Implants?
- 3D Imaging Technology for Planning Implant Placement
- Periodontist and Prosthodontist on Staff
- Years of Dentistry Expertise and Experience
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Traditional tooth replacement options, like a bridge or denture, only replace the parts of a tooth visible above the gumline. Although these options offer great aesthetic benefits, there will always be functional limitations.
Dental implants resolve the complications of traditional methods because they replicate the entire tooth structure, including the root. A titanium implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone to mimic the root, which allows you to enjoy a variety of advantages that aren’t possible with any other solution.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer patients a superior, restorative solution for replacing missing teeth. While there are a variety of tooth replacement options available, why not go with the one that will last longer and provide greater stability? If those benefits aren’t enough, here are a few more to help you make the decision to choose dental implants:
- Replacement of the full tooth structure – If a missing tooth is left untreated for too long, the bone can begin to deteriorate; however, dental implants act as the tooth’s root, providing your bone with the stimulation it needs to support the implant and its custom restoration.
- Natural look and feel – Your dental implant will act just like a normal tooth, so speaking, eating, and chewing will be easy to do. Plus, no one will be able to tell the difference between your natural and artificial teeth!
- Long-lasting – When choosing dental implants, you are investing in a longer-lasting restoration. If you take proper care of your implants, you can expect them to last for decades or a lifetime.
- Increased confidence – You want a full, complete smile to feel better about yourself, right? What better way to achieve that than with dental implants? Not only will they prevent a common side effect of missing teeth – facial sagging, but they’ll restore your smile to its natural beauty, giving you increased confidence.
- Natural teeth are unaltered – During dental implant placement, you don’t have to worry about your nearby natural teeth being affected. There is no need to alter your natural teeth.
Indications for Dental Implants
Considered a versatile form of treatment, dental implants can replace one, multiple, or all our teeth.
Missing Single Tooth
Dental implants can be used to replace any amount of missing teeth. For a single tooth, a metal connector called an abutment will be attached directly to the implant post, and this will be topped with a natural-looking, all-porcelain crown to complete the treatment.
Missing Multiple Teeth
In the case of multiple missing teeth, two implant-retained crowns can be used to form a bridge. These will be placed on either side of the gap in the smile, and then they’ll be bonded to prosthetic teeth that sit above the gum line.
Missing All Teeth
To replace all your teeth, there three available options:
- Implant-Retained Dentures: With implant-retained dentures, your teeth will be anchored into your jawbone and provide security much greater than a traditional removable prosthetic. With them, you won’t have to worry about unexpected slipping, sliding, clicking, or popping. They’ll also maintain their fit for much longer than a traditional denture in addition to providing a significantly stronger bite force, enabling a patient to easily chew foods that most other denture wearers simply have to avoid.
- All-On-4: With the All-on-4 procedure, your implant dentist in Ellicott City can restore an entire row of teeth in just one day. Using just four strategically placed dental implants, we can support an entire full denture to rebuild your smile. The location of the implants is what makes this possible: two implants are placed in the front of the jaw where the bone is naturally thicker, and two more are placed towards the back at an angle to help them provide maximum support.
- Mini Implants: Dental implants need an adequate amount of healthy, strong jawbone in order to be successfully placed, but a patient may not have this if they’ve suffered bone degeneration due to tooth loss. Thankfully, mini-dental implants can work around this. As the name suggests, these are much smaller posts, so they’re able to help even those patients who have been turned down for implants in the past. Even better, due to their size, they often can be placed faster and require much less recovery time.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Several factors must be considered when analyzing the cost of dental implants, including:
- The cost of each implant and the number you need to hold your new teeth in place.
- The cost of implant surgery. Fortunately, Dr. Modarres can perform this part of the procedure, so you won’t need to be referred to an oral surgeon, which could increase your cost.
- The new tooth restoration. Depending on how many teeth you are replacing, the price of the appropriate replacement varies, and this will affect the final expense.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. The long-term success of your new smile relies on your jawbone supporting the posts and remaining infection-free. As a result, you’ll need a thorough consultation to evaluate your oral health and your jawbone’s density. Based on the results of the examination, you may need additional procedures before having your dental implants placed, such as periodontal therapy or bone grafting.
Consequences of Waiting to Get Dental Implants?
With each missing tooth, you also lose your confidence and some of your quality of life. Then, everyday tasks become more difficult, like chewing. Although they may seem like the only concerns, there are complications brewing beneath the surface. You are slowly losing density in your jaw because it’s not being stimulated by the root.
Over time, any remaining teeth will not have the support they need to stay in place, so they move out of alignment. This opens the door to several new oral health issues, like tooth decay, gum disease, and additional tooth loss.
Since dental implants replace the entire tooth structure, they are the only solution to preserve your jawbone’s density. This stops dental drift and improves your oral health, but if you wait too long to replace your missing teeth, you may suffer irreversible damage.
How to Get Started
You can restore your smile back to its previous health, appearance, and function by taking your first step to replacing your missing teeth. Contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation for dental implants. We use the latest advancements in dentistry to ensure your comfort and the long-term success of your new smile.
Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are truly in a class of their own. As the only solution to tooth loss that replaces the root as well as the crown (the visible portion of the tooth that you use to chew), implants provide a whole host of benefits that other options simply cannot deliver. However, as perfect as they may seem, dental implants are a huge investment in the future of your smile. You undoubtedly have some questions, but don’t worry. We’ve gathered some of the dental implant questions we get asked the most often and answered them for you.
I Smoke. Can I Still Get Dental Implants?
Yes, but your chance of implant failure increases significantly. The success of your implant depends on a process called osseointegration, where your jawbone actually grows around the implant post over a period of a few months after placement. Tobacco use hinders the oral healing process, so osseointegration is much less likely to occur. If you have been looking for a reason to quit smoking, getting dental implants would be a good one.
I’m Diabetic. Can I Still Get Dental Implants?
Yes, but as with smoking, there is a higher risk of implant failure. Poorly controlled diabetes can lower your body’s ability to heal and fight off infections, decreasing the chance of successful osseointegration. Having diabetes doesn’t inherently mean that you can never get dental implants, though. It just means that you’ll have to be extra careful to manage your condition, especially during the initial healing process. Talk to your endocrinologist or primary care physician about the risk for any complications before getting dental implants.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
Thanks to local anesthesia, you should experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. More often than not, patients are also placed under sedation to receive implants. There may be some soreness for a few days afterwards while your soft tissues heal, but that can be managed by taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Alternatively, we may prescribe painkillers for you to take afterwards. Just be sure to only take the recommended dose.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are designed to last for decades, and as long as you get through the initial osseointegration process and remain free from infection, they can last even longer. In fact, if you take excellent care of your implants, you can expect them to last for the rest of your life! Taking good care of dental implants involves very little maintenance beyond what you would give your natural teeth. Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, floss under and around the implant restoration every day, and visit us twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. Simply follow those steps, and your implant should continue to serve you for a lifetime!