Dental implants in Ellicott City, MD offer a long-term solution to tooth loss.
While tooth loss can be stressful, uncomfortable and downright frustrating, you may find that dentures or other dental treatments don’t offer the kind of smile confidence you were hoping for. When replacing a missing tooth is vital to protecting the rest of your smile, you want to choose a treatment that will give you a healthy and beautiful set of teeth. Find out how dental implants in Ellicott City can offer a more reliable solution.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the bone of the missing tooth’s socket. This metal post is then covered with an artificial tooth, or dental crown, to replace the missing tooth.
Dental Implant Procedure
The length of treatment will depend on the severity of your condition and how many implants we are placing; however, the total length of treatment can take up to eight months. The first part of the procedure requires implanting the titanium post into the jawbone. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours, depending on placement and number of implants. After this is finished, the implants will stay under the gums for a few months where osseointegration will take place. The means the jawbone and surrounding tissue will bond and grow around the implant. During this time the patient may wear his dentures or bridge.
Once the healing process is complete, we will open up the gums to uncover the implant and then attach an extension post, also known as an abutment, to the implant. Then several weeks later we will fit the implant with a replacement tooth, or dental crown. We will be sure to match the artificial tooth to the rest of your smile so that it blends in with your natural teeth.
Dental Implant Candidates
If you are interested in dental implants, then we recommend all of our candidates be in the best general health possible. This means that your immune system must be strong and that any chronic disease (e.g. diabetes) be properly controlled. Also, heavy smokers are more likely to experience implant failure; therefore, we recommend that smokers either opt for another treatment or quit smoking before getting dental implants in Ellicott City.
To find out if dental implants in Ellicott City will work best for your smile, call our office today to schedule an initial consultation. Through a brief exam we can decide whether this treatment option is right for you and your dental needs.