Dental Implants are a typical solution for replacing missing teeth. Patients often consider dental implants as an alternative to dentures, bridges, or crowns, and they can serve multiple purposes.
Who are dental implants for?
Dental implants serve several purposes and may be the right option for you if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have a jawbone that’s reached full growth
- Have adequate bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft
- Have healthy oral tissues
- Don’t have health conditions that will affect bone healing
- Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
- Want to improve your speech
- Are willing to commit several months to the process
Why choose dental implants over other options?
Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently placed in your mouth, and unlike bridges, they’re free-standing, meaning that your other teeth are not involved in the procedure. They also have the highest success rate out of all these replacement options.
Once in place, they look and feel like a natural tooth while also being impervious to cavities! Dental implants are also the only option that allows you to replace the root of the missing tooth, which helps prevent bone loss in the future.
How are dental implants...implanted?
A dental implant is made up of three parts: the crown, the abutment, and the implant. The implant is embedded into the jaw bone and functions as a replacement for the root of the tooth. The abutment screws into the implant and protrudes above the gums, acting as the base for the crown. The crown is then attached to the abutment — this is the part of the implant that appears and functions as a regular tooth.
It takes about one month to create a crown and abutment to fit an individual patient’s needs. If some or all of the patient’s natural tooth is still present, it must be removed and completely healed before the implant is placed.
After the procedure, patients can expect some minor bruising, swelling, pain and potentially some bleeding. Medications and antibiotics may be taken to try and reduce pain and swelling. Self-dissolving stitches are likely to be used, so be sure to eat soft foods after the procedure to allow the stitches to work.
Whether you’re looking to schedule a routine cleaning or to rejuvenate your smile with dental implants, the Ellicott Mills Dental staff is excited to create the perfect smile for you. Fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at 410-431-1768.