Missing teeth can make patients feel self-conscious and lead to pain, discomfort, and even loss of oral bone. Fortunately, The Smile Design Center has a solution to this problem: dental implants. Read on for more information about how our office can replace your missing teeth.
- What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant comprises an artificial tooth and root, which is usually made of titanium. The root is surgically implanted into a patient’s jaw bone. The bone then heals around and integrates with the artificial root, anchoring it securely. At this point, the dentist will attach the artificial tooth, which will be covered with a crown matched to the color of the other teeth. Each part of this process is carefully customized for each individual patient’s mouth. The dentist will take a mold of the patient’s bite and use this to determine how large the replacement tooth should be and where it should sit in the mouth. Dental implants can also be used to support dental bridges and anchor dentures securely.
- What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
When you get a dental implant, the first thing you’ll notice is the dramatic change in your smile. You may have been embarrassed about your missing tooth and reluctant to smile, but an implant will restore your confidence along with the natural appearance of your teeth. Many patients missing teeth have trouble speaking or eating, but dental implants eliminate these issues. You’ll be able to eat, speak, chew, and smile comfortably. Implants also resolve jaw or bone pain that may have been caused by shifting teeth. Dental implants are more convenient to maintain than dentures and can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Also, dental implants are durable and can usually last a lifetime, so there’s no worry about them breaking or falling out.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore to see if a dental implant is right for you. You can reach our office by calling (443) 275-9821.