Dental Implants in Pikesville, MD
Are you interested in a durable and attractive replacement for missing teeth?
A missing tooth not only draws attention from the public eye, but hinders chewing and increases the stress on the other teeth. Dental implants are usually the most ideal option to replace missing teeth as they most closely resemble natural teeth.
Dental Implants 101
A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the gum line where your tooth is missing. Once this anchor is placed, an implant crown is made to attach to the post. In the case of a missing front tooth, a temporary artificial tooth can be made to improve your esthetics while the crown is being made at the laboratory.
If you are missing more than one tooth and have concerns about the cost of dental implants, we can discuss implant-retained dentures or implant-supported bridges as another possible solution for your tooth replacement.
Why Do I Need Dental Implants?
Multiple health issues can result from missing teeth that are not replaced and they can also have a negative impact on your day-to-day life. Spaces from missing teeth can cause difficulty eating that may lead to malnutrition, pain, loss of self-confidence and depression. Also, the surrounding teeth will drift into the empty space over time.
Behind the scenes, a tooth continuously stimulates your gum and jawbone tissue to promote ongoing tissue renewal. When you lose your tooth, the gum and bone tissue beneath the gap are no longer stimulated and the renewal process ceases to occur. As a result, the gums begin to shrink away, causing the adjacent teeth to drift into the space. The shifting of these adjacent teeth creates larger gum pockets leading to periodontal disease and thus, the possible further loss of the surrounding teeth. A dental implant supports this important tissue renewal process by continuing to stimulate the gum and jawbone, preventing further tooth loss.
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implants are the most permanent, enjoyable and effective solution available for tooth replacement. You may even forget that you ever lost a tooth to begin with!
If you wish you had your tooth back, a dental implant is truly the next best thing:
- Strength. Dental implants are permanently placed in your mouth so you will never have to worry about your new tooth becoming loose or falling out. You will be able to eat whatever you want without concern.
- Appearance. Your new teeth will look and feel extremely similar to your real teeth. No one – including you – will know the difference.
- Health. A dental implant will prevent the many problems associated with tooth loss to protect your oral and overall health.
Caring for Dental Implants
Dental implants are easy to care for, requiring only normal brushing and flossing as directed by our office. We also recommend you visit with us for cleanings and exams twice a year to ensure that your implants are in good shape.
We are happy to answer your questions regarding dental implants and address any concerns. Call Naylor Court Dental Partners today to schedule a consultation: (410) 484-2722.