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, we’re able to rebuild our patients’ smiles and self-confidence using dental implants in Ellicott City, 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.
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 go with dental implants:
- Replaces 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 your 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, they 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 generation 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.