A dental implant is a restoration that acts as a tooth root to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease or injury. They can also secure an implant-supported bridge or dentures.
Dr. Ray Becker is a Columbia, Maryland dentist that offers dental implants to patients who want to fill the gaps in their smile. You can request a consultation with Dr. Becker on our website or by calling (410) 415-9013.
Dental Implant FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions that patients have about dental implants:
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Dr. Becker will assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and jaw before treatment to determine if you are an ideal candidate. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues. However, if there are concerns about the condition of your oral health, we offer periodontal therapy and bone grafting to improve gum and bone structure to accommodate dental implants and ensure a stable result.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Just like natural teeth, implants require at-home oral care and regular dental visits. To keep your dental implants clean and free of infection, continue brushing and flossing them.
What should I eat after I receive my dental implants?
After your dental implant treatment, you may need to temporarily avoid eating chewy, sticky, or hard foods. Avoid foods like popcorn, chips, nuts, crackers, and candy. These types of foods can get stuck in the incision site. Once the soft tissues in your mouth have healed, you can resume your normal diet. Dental implants are a convenient restoration because they improve the function of the bite, allowing patients to enjoy their favorite foods again.