When you are missing a tooth, you are facing more than just cosmetic concerns. Your teeth, gums, and jaw were designed to work together when performing daily tasks like chewing or speaking. A missing tooth puts added strain on your surrounding dental structures and can lead to teeth shifting, dental decay, gum disease, or dental damage.
At Baltimore Dental Co., Dr. Leah Romay provides treatment options including all types of dental implants for patients who are missing teeth. A dental implant is the only tooth restoration option that offers patients the complete restoration of the look, feel, and functionality of their natural smile.
Dental Implants in Glyndon, MD
Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post that fuses together with your jawbone, effectively taking the place of the lost tooth root. This post gives your tooth restoration functionality that you won’t get with other restorative options, enabling normal biting force and confident chewing for the enjoyment of a wide range of foods.
A dental implant takes several months to heal before the final restoration can be placed; however, this tooth replacement option has a very high patient satisfaction rating due to the long-term benefits that come with it. Many patients find that dental implants and implant-supported dentures worth the wait because they require fewer lifestyle alterations than traditional restorative options that are often removable. Dr. Romay will meet with you to evaluate your dental health needs, answer any questions you might have about dental implants and present a personalized treatment plan.
Dental Implant FAQs
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Because dental implants give you tooth-root functionality, you do not have to worry about any dietary restrictions. Patients can enjoy their favorite crunchy or chewy foods without worrying about damaging their restoration. Additionally, the hardware of a dental implant is protected by your own soft tissues. You can care for a dental implant just as you would a natural tooth without adding any extra steps to your oral hygiene routine.
What should I expect from the dental implant process?
In the beginning, we will take impressions to ensure that the dental implant we design for you will fit securely within your smile. Then, your surgical procedure will be scheduled. During the surgical procedure, the post will be inserted into your jawbone and covered with your soft tissues. It will take around six months for the incision site to heal. Once healed, we will call you back to place the dental implant abutment that will eventually hold a dental crown. After a few weeks to allow the abutment to heal, we will call you in for your final appointment. During this appointment, the dental crown will be attached to the abutment and your dental implant will be complete.
What is the difference between a dental implant and a dental bridge?
A dental bridge relies on the fully external support of your surrounding teeth to hold a prosthetic tooth in place of the missing tooth. Dental bridges are usually less expensive than dental implants, though they do not offer the same long-term benefits that are usually not as long-lasting as dental implants.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are interested in learning more about your tooth replacement options, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Leah Romay. Together, we will come up with a plan to replace your missing tooth and better your overall dental health. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.