There’s still no perfect replacement for your natural teeth. When you’re faced with tooth loss, however, there’s one method that comes closer than any other, and that’s the dental implant. Dr. Kashyap Patel at Smile Loft Branch Ave. in Camp Springs, Maryland, has the expertise to provide you with dental implants, the best way to replace missing teeth. Call the office, or book a consultation online.
When you lose a tooth, conventional replacement methods such as dentures or bridges copy your natural teeth above the gum line, but they don’t replace the root of the tooth. Without the root, you may lose gum and bone tissue over time.
A dental implant replaces a lost root and serves as the base of a tooth restoration above the gum line. The implant simulates the presence of a natural tooth root and interacts with your jawbone, fusing with it and providing the most permanent and stable base for tooth replacement.
Most dental implant procedures use an endosteal implant, a prosthetic inserted directly into the bone of your jaw. Subperiosteal implants fit over the bone, for use in patients without adequate jawbone height for endosteal posts.
As well as preserving the health of your jawbone, dental implants are the longest lasting and most trouble-free way to replace teeth when the implants are capped with porcelain crowns. Unlike dentures, full or partial, there’s nothing to remove and no special care needed with implants. Eating and speaking remain natural, and your face doesn’t sag because you don’t lose jawbone mass in the same way as with dentures.
Dental appliances that clip over natural teeth can cause wear, damage, and uneven biting force on your natural teeth. Implants work much more naturally with your remaining teeth, with none of the negative impact.
Implants are versatile as well. They can serve as a base to hold denture plates in place, with a snap-on style of attachment. Dental implants don’t need to be one-to-one replacements, either. Two implants can function as anchors for a bridge of three or more crowns.
As with nearly all contemporary dental procedures, anesthesia assures you of painless implants. Made from porcelain, this crown blends naturally with your other teeth, the closest replacement to a natural tooth.
Given the versatility of implant procedures, there’s no standard procedure that covers all situations, but the most common technique sees the dental implant placed and then a two- to six-month healing period follows before Dr. Patel attaches the final crown to the implant.