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Dental Implants In Crofton, MD: State of the Art Dentistry

Crofton Dentist Dr. Chris Kim can fit you with dental implants.Missing teeth are the ultimate enemy of a perfect smile. Fortunately, there is a very effective solution — dental implant. Dental implants were invented  in 1965, and have revolutionized dental treatment.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium screws that serve as artificial tooth roots supporting artificial crowns, bridges or dentures. Titanium has been proven safe and will integrate successfully with the jawbone. Once the screw has been placed in the empty space, it will integrate to the bone forming a solid foundation similar to a natural tooth root.

Why choose dental implants?

Dental implants have now become the standard of care for replacing missing teeth. They have four main advantages over conventional dentures.

  1. Stability – As already stated, once integrated, dental implants provide a stable artificial root with which to support a crown, bridge or denture. No more worries about your denture flipping or shifting while you’re eating.
  2. Esthetics – Today’s advances in using computer aided design and computer assisted manufacturing of artificial teeth, plus porcelain etch techniques gives it an unnoticeable difference between your natural teeth and the artificial one.
  3. Longevity – Once integrated, dental implants will stay integrated for up to 30 years or more while conventional dentures have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years.
  4. Bone Health – Like other bones in the body, the jawbone only remains healthy when it’s being used. Chewing food stimulates bone growth. An implant actually distributes chewing forces throughout the bone like a natural tooth root unlike conventional dentures which sits on top the bone. Over time, the bone underneath the conventional denture can eventually erode away, while in dental implants it remains strong.

Dr Kim in Crofton, MD Can Help You Determine If You Are a Good Candidate for Dental Implants

Suitability for implant therapy is determined on a patient-to-patient basis. The main criterion is the height and density of the bone to support the implant. Long-term wearing of a conventional bridge or denture, failing to replace a missing tooth, tooth loss due to trauma all affect the quality of the jaw bone. Medically speaking, patients who smoke, or who have cancer requiring chemotherapy treatment, diabetes, or osteoporosis may not be ideal candidates for implant placement.

In some cases, bone grafting may be necessary before or at the time of implant placement. The bone graft may be done with artificial bone materials, that can actually help the bone regenerate or sometimes, natural bone is harvested usually from the wisdom tooth area.

What happens during the dental implant procedure?

The dental implant procedure starts with a consultation and evaluation of the potential site, and then development of an individualized treatment plan. For the procedure itself, the first appointment will be the placement of the implant and if required, some bone grafting, and placement of a healing abutment. The healing abutment is necessary to hold a temporary tooth restoration during the healing phase. Implant integration usually takes about three months assuming that all post-operative instructions and regular follow-ups are done.

Once integrated, a porcelain crown, bridge or denture is attached to an abutment — another titanium screw that fits inside the implant. Today’s dental fabrication techniques mean your new artificial tooth looks and functions just like your natural teeth.

Dental implants is not the only advanced solutions we offer. There are many other dental services that promise lasting and exceptional aesthetic transformation. If you want a permanent replacement for your missing teeth, dental implants are surely the best option.