Today’s solutions for missing offer a range of tooth replacement options to suit patient’s dental health needs, cosmetic dentistry goals and budget. Columbia, MD dentist Dr. Ray Becker works with patients who have lost teeth or damaged teeth to restore a functional and comfortable smile with dental implants for a permanent, natural looking and functioning solution. If your tooth is beyond repair and even a root canal can not save it, Dr. Becker will recommend an extraction and placement of a dental implant over other dental restorations.

Dental implants can offer patients a stable and healthy oral foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. A permanent and durable treatment option for missing teeth, dental implants support bone regeneration, healthy gums, and overall oral health. Supporting healthy bone growth in the jaw will maintain your natural appearance and profile. Dental implants are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Investing in dental implants is investing in your quality of like and oral health.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are missing a single tooth or have several missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ray Becker in his Columbia, MD and Ellicott City, MD area dentist office. Dr. Becker will discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget concerns to determine if dental implants are right for you.

dental-implant-anatomy-largeA dental implant is a bio-compatible titanium post that is surgically implanted by a dentist into the jaw bone, replacing the root of a missing tooth. This titanium post will act as the tooth root providing a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. Then Dr. Becker will use that to attach a replacement tooth. A dental implant can be used to support a dental crown for a single missing tooth or a denture to replace all of your missing teeth. Dental implants do not come loose like dentures and can last a lifetime if cared for properly along with regular dental visits.

The procedure for dental implants requires multiple visits over several months. After the comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Becker will create a personalized treatment plan in his Columbia, MD dentist office. The entire implant process usually takes six to eight months, and most patients don’t experience a disruption to their daily lives.

Placing the Implant – Metal anchors and small posts are surgically placed into your jawbone to serve as tooth root substitutes. The dental implants will be allowed to heal and integrate with the natural bone, serving as the stable anchors for the new teeth. The healing process can takes about three to six months. Depending on your case and the position of the missing tooth or teeth, a temporary crown may be placed in the mouth while the implant heals.

Restoring the Dental Implant – Once the jaw fuses with the posts, Dr. Becker will restore the dental implant by placing the prosthetic tooth. While the dental implant is healing, Dr. Becker will begin making your new teeth. He’ll take a dental impression and attach posts or attachments to the implants to secure your prosthetic tooth or teeth. Then the dental crowns, dental bridge or denture is secured to the dental implant for a permanent restoration.

  • 95% success rate or higher
  • Helps avoid bone loss associated with missing teeth
  • Reduces risk of gum recession due to tooth loss
  • Avoids further damage or decay of remaining healthy teeth
  • Improves speech
  • Can prevent other systemic disease associated with poor oral hygiene
  • Increases comfort and alignment of bite
  • Improves ability to chew comfortably and eat a balanced diet
  • Supports long-term facial integrity
  • Improves appearance of smile and lower face
  • No worry of dentures slipping or falling out
  • Look exactly like your natural teeth
  • Superior durability and longevity

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants is determined by the number and location of implants, as well as your overall dental health. Dr. Becker will review all of your options as well as the cost of procedures prior to treatment. Most dental implant procedures are not covered by insurance, however, we will submit the necessary billing and documentation to your insurance company on your behalf to allow for the maximum reimbursement. Dr. Becker also offers third party financing through Care Credit to help make dental implants more affordable.

Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

In order to be a candidate for dental implants, patients should be healthy enough for surgery, have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the implant. Dr. Becker will perform a comprehensive evaluation and recommend the various treatment options available to you.

What is the best choice for missing teeth?

Whether you have one or several missing teeth, there are many options for replacement. Dr. Becker will evaluate your condition and help you choose which replacement option is best for you. In many cases, a dental implant is the best choice for someone who wants a long lasting, worry free solution. Dental implants have the highest success rate and patient satisfaction compared with any other type of dental treatment. Dental implants give patients the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth with the ability to eat, drink, speak and smile confidently and without any restrictions.

How long does a dental implant last?

With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your dental implant to last a lifetime.