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.
What Are Dental Implants
A 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.
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.
The Dental Implant Process
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.
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.