If you are missing one or more teeth, there’s no need to walk around not enjoying your meals or having to cover your mouth. Steven Markow, DDS and David. A. Daniel, DDS in Randallstown, MD can help you with that. Dental implants are a great way to replace a missing tooth without having to wear a denture or a partial denture or worry about something coming in and out of your mouth.
Here is a short video explaining the benefits of dental implants:
What is a Dental implant?
Basically, an implant is a replacement for a root that is missing. The entire implant system consists of three parts.
A titanium or zirconium fixture screw-type post that goes into the bone, and a small abutment that connects the fixture to the crown above the gumline.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants can help preserve the bone, prevent the adjacent teeth and opposing teeth from shifting, and provide lip support and chewing function. They are the most natural option for a missing tooth. Because they are placed into the bone, it actually helps to prevent bone deterioration due to the constant stimulation in the bone ridge. It helps improve chewing function and speech as well.
How will I know if I am a candidate for a dental implant?
At our office, Dr Steven Markow and Dr. David A. Daniel will do a thorough examination of your bone, the adjacent teeth the height, width and density of the bone to determine the best option for you. Using a combination of x-rays and diagnostic models and in some cases, simulation software, we will be able to determine the correct amount, location and angulation for the dental implants to best restore your mouth.
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Certain medications and medical conditions as well as oral habits might limit the potential to restore your mouth with implants. In addition, patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, taking medication for osteoporosis, or who have a limited jaw opening, might not be optimal candidates for this procedure. In specific cases, we will refer you to our oral surgeon that we work closely with to identify how we could make this work for you.
What is the process for placing implants?
There are two phases for implants in general.
The first phase is the surgical phase where the fixture is placed into the bone. We will typically wait between 3-6 months after the surgery for the bone to integrate around the fixture and stabilize itself in the bone before we place the permanent crown on top. During this time, we suggest a softer diet to minimize any disruption to the post as it is integrating. In some cases where there is an esthetic concern, we might fabricate some type of temporary restoration so you aren’t having a gap in your smile.
The second phase is the restorative phase, where impressions of the area are taken and an abutment and crown are fabricated in the lab and then either screwed on or cemented onto the fixture.
Our patients in the Baltimore County love the fact we can help them gain back their confidence and chewing function with the use of dental implants. Call us today to see if you are a candidate for this procedure.