Dental implants placed in our Towson office can restore the smile you remember. Whether you’re losing teeth now, or have lost them in the past, dental implants are the closest to natural tooth replacement there is.
Implants also help preserve bone in your jaw that when lost, prematurely ages the face.
A dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.
How Implants Work
During a minor surgical procedure, Dr. James Kassolis, Dr. Kathryn Mutzig, or Dr. Keyla Torres will insert the implant directly into the jawbone where your tooth once was. It will then be left to heal for a period of months before your general dentist places the visible crown to finish the process. During this healing period, the implant fuses to the bone surrounding it. Monitoring during healing will take place in our Towson, Maryland office.
Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants
Implants can replace missing teeth in a variety of ways. They can be used to:
Replace One Tooth — For patients missing just one tooth, a single implant will replace the root. Then, a crown then goes on top to function and look like a natural tooth. Single implant tooth replacement does not require treating unaffected surrounding teeth as dental bridges will. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost-effective solution over time. An implant will never decay or need root canal treatment, and feels just like the tooth that was there.
Replace Multiple Teeth — When you are missing more than one tooth, implants provide an ideal replacement mechanism. You don't even need one implant for every missing tooth. Instead, implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath. That way, you won't need to use any of your remaining natural teeth as bridge supports, which could weaken them and make them more susceptible to decay.
Replace All Teeth Permanently, "All on 4" — Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth. The unit resembles a denture, but it is fixed into the mouth with implants and only removed by a dentist to be cleaned. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants. This is referred to as "All on 4." In cases where jawbone density and volume have deteriorated, 5 or 6 implants might be needed to support a row of 10 to 12 teeth. As experts in this kind of implant placement, many dentists in Baltimore, Towson, Harford County and more refer patients to Towson Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics for this specialized treatment. Patients can experience extractions and an immediate set of replacement teeth in many cases! Appointment Requests are available online. Dental implant replacement teeth protect your jawbone, won't slip, and should last a lifetime.
Support Removable Dentures — Implants can even make removable dentures more comfortable, effective and healthier to wear. Traditional dentures rest on the gums and put pressure on the underlying bone. This accelerates bone loss so that the jaw shrinks and the dentures slip, particularly on the bottom. But today dentists can attach a removable denture onto implants, transferring that pressure into the bone structure rather than the bone surface. This prevents the dentures from slipping while you eat and speak, and preserves the bone directly beneath them.
Implant Care and Maintenance
As with natural teeth, poor oral hygiene and/or a lack of regular cleanings can lead to a destructive bacterial infection called peri-implantitis. Flossing and brushing your teeth and any implants on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings, can prevent problems. Excessive biting forces can come from either a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, or an insufficient number of implants to handle the forces generated by your bite. You should receive the correct number of implants so this does not happen. And if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, a nightguard will be recommended to protect your implants. After all, implants are a long-term investment in your smile, your health and your well-being, so it's best to protect your investment.
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