What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients seeking that perfect white smile. Implants are a great choice for patients that have broken, damaged, or missing teeth. Implants act similar to an artificial tooth that is placed in the jawbone. They are extremely durable, and are built to last upwards of 25 years.
Dental implants function like our natural teeth, and allow patients to speak and eat normally. They are comfortable in the mouth, and do not cause gum or mouth irritation like with other restorative solutions. Implants provide long lasting results, and if cared for properly they can last a lifetime.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Pain-free and permanent tooth replacement
- Preserve the natural bone in the mouth, and help to stimulate new bone growth.
- Implants are durable, and provide long-term value financially compared to other restorative solutions.
- Dental implants are permanent, and do not slip or click like other solutions.
- Implants are comfortable, and look and feel natural in the mouth.
- Implants can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly.
- Dental Implants restore full chewing power, and are as strong as natural teeth.
What to Expect During the Dental Implant Process?
At Maryland Oral Surgery Associates, we are proud to provide a seamless and efficient patient experience in as few visits as possible. During the consultation, we review the patient's imaging and health history to determine the best treatment plan. The procedure can often be scheduled on the same day or the following day. At that time, the tooth is extracted and the implant is placed immediately into the jawbone. In some cases, bone grafting may be necessary prior to placement to strengthen the area.
After placing your implant, there is a 2-3 month healing process that must occur. The healing period allows the implant time to fuse to the jawbone through osseointegration. This allows the implant to function like a natural tooth in the mouth.
Once the healing process is complete, the patient returns to our office for a stability test. An abutment or connector is placed on top of the implant in order to hold the crown securely in place. The patient will then see their restorative dentist to have the permanent crown installed. Custom crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.
It's as simple as that to restore your smile with a lifetime solution. If you are interested in finding out how you can benefit from dental implants, contact one of our 8 locations today and we will be happy to further assist you.