Dental Implants in Ellicott City MD
Lifestyle changes and advances in medicine now allow people to live longer than ever, and dental advances help many of us to keep our natural smiles for a lifetime. However, in some cases, our teeth just can't hold up to a lifetime of wear and tear.
At the office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD, we’re sensitive to the gap that a missing tooth leaves in your smile and your self-esteem. If you've lost one or more teeth due to injury or disease, dental implants can restore your smile, your oral health, and your confidence in your appearance.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is a stand-alone replacement tooth that looks and feels natural. The implant is a small titanium post embedded into the jawbone beneath your gum line, where the real tooth root used to be. Before placement, the dental implant is prepared so that bone cells in your jawbone surround and attach to it. This process is called osseointegration.
After the titanium root has integrated with the jaw, it is capped with a sturdy, natural-looking dental restoration. The implant acts as a replacement tooth that blends seamlessly with your existing smile. Whatever your tooth replacement issue, dental implants can probably help:
- If you’re missing only one tooth, one implant will do the trick.
- If several teeth in a row are missing, a few implants strategically placed can be used to support a fixed bridge.
- If you’ve lost all your teeth, a full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants placed in your jaw.
Oral Health Benefits of Dental Implants
There’s no doubt that dental implants will make your smile look amazing. Most importantly, however, implants also help you avoid many oral health problems associated with tooth loss.
Unlike a dental bridge, implants are a standalone unit, meaning they’re not attached to neighboring teeth for support. This allows them to absorb a great deal of biting force without placing stress on neighboring teeth. Also, since the titanium root of the dental implant supports a healthy jawbone, it works to prevent deterioration of surrounding bone and gum tissue, which can lead to the loss of more teeth.
Post-Treatment Dental Implant Care
Once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Teeth with dental implants need to be brushed and flossed at least once a day. Visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings should still be scheduled on a semi-annual basis. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your dental implants, the longer they will last.
Contact Your Ellicott City Dental Implants Dentist
If you’re considering dental implants but would like to learn if they’re right for you, please give us a call. Dr. Sokolosky will be happy to answer your questions about implants and explain other options that may also be appropriate.