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, 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.
A dental implant is actually a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone in order to mimic the root structure of a lost tooth. This will not only provide the replacement teeth with unrivaled stability, but it will also restore important support to the jaw in order to keep it strong and full. Unlike many other practices, we’re actually able to handle this part of the procedure in-house thanks to Dr. Reza Modarres, making it even easier for you to get your complete smile back.
The procedure itself requires a minor surgery, and afterward, you’ll be given 3-6 months to heal, during which the post(s) will actually mesh with the surrounding bone, creating an even stronger foundation for your new teeth.
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.
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.
Sick of your uncomfortable, unreliable dentures? With implant-retained dentures, your teeth will be anchored into your jawbone and provide a 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.
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.
With the All-on-4 procedure, your dentist 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.