There are a lot of options that you can look to when you need to replace missing teeth. However, none are going to offer the feel, look and function quite as well as dental implants. Numerous studies have been done to show that they are long lasting, safe and satisfying for patients.
At our office, we deliver complete restorative services to all dental implant patients. We work to coordinate the treatment plan, working with either a periodontist or oral surgeon to place the implants and then completing the restoration inside our dental office in Timonium, Maryland.
What can dental implants do?
Dental implants work at artificial roots that get placed into the jaw bone. One they are healed, custom made teeth are attached to the implant to help restore function, form and aesthetics. There could be single or multiple implants that are placed at once for restoration. Dental implants can also be used to help secure dentures that are loose fitting. Existing dentures can be refitting so that they can clip onto the implants, which results in a boost in comfort as well as stability.
The Dental Implant Process
There are usually two procedures that are involved with dental implant placement for most patients.
The first procedure, the dental implant, is a small titanium post that is placed surgically into the jaw bone. Healing will usually take between three to six months and the dentist might place temporary restorations onto the implant for the healing process to help with function and aesthetics.
The second procedure involves the implant restoration. Your dentist will uncover the implants and attach an abutment. Replacement teeth will then be attached to this abutment for the purpose of a permanent restoration. If there is a singular missing tooth, your dentist will use a dental crown. If there are two or more teeth that are missing, there may be a denture or dental bridge that is used.
Are Dental Implants painful?
Drs. Ballinger, Galvan & Knopf will always make sure that each patient is nice and comfortable as well as relaxed for treatment. The dental procedure to place an implant is sometimes less painful than having a tooth extracted. Patients can expect to have some swelling and tenderness right after the procedure, but most of the symptoms will subside within just two to three days.
How much do Dental Implants cost?
The cost for dental implant procedures will vary depending on the location of the tooth or teeth that are missing as well as the kind of material that is used for the restoration. Some of the things that you need to consider will include the condition of neighboring teeth, bone health and the number of the implants that will be placed. Our staff will review the details including all of the costs for the procedure before your treatment.
I have more than one missing tooth, can I still use dental implants?
If you have more than one tooth that is missing, you can still benefit from dental implants. All you have to have is a denture or a partial denture attached into place.