Dental Implants FAQ

dental implants annapolis mdMissing teeth can affect your confidence and negatively impact the way you interact with others. At The Annapolis Center For Dental Health & Wellness, we aim to help patients achieve their ideal smile and restore your smile. What sets restorative dentist Dr. Vernon Sheen apart from other dentists is that he focuses on both the function and aesthetic of your smile. Our Annapolis dental office offers a full range of tooth replacement options to help improve the quality and beauty of your smile. If you are looking for a tooth replacement option that is durable and convenient, Dr. Sheen may suggest the use of dental implants. Dental implants can help return your ability to eat, drink, and speak without worrying about slippage. Dr. Sheen will take the time to plan a treatment that fits your dental needs.

About Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are tiny titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone to mimic your natural tooth root. Over time, the dental implant will fully integrate into the jawbone, creating a stable, functional foundation for your dental bridge, denture, or dental crown. Once the dental implants integrate into the jawbone, Dr. Sheen will attach a dental crown, dental bridge, or a dental bridge depending on the number of teeth you are missing and their location in the mouth. Dental crowns are usually used to replace a single missing tooth. Dentures are used to replace full bottom or top arch of teeth. A dental bridge is used to replace consecutive missing teeth. Dr. Sheen will carefully examine your smile and determine which option will best suit your dental needs.

How will I know if dental implants are right for me?

At The Annapolis Center For Dental Health & Wellness, our practice is focused on providing patient-centered, high-quality dental care. During your consultation, Dr. Sheen will examine your teeth, bone structure, and gums to determine if you have a sufficient amount of healthy jaw bone structure support dental implants. Patients with a substantial amount of healthy jaw bone structure are typically ideal candidates for the dental implant procedure. However, if dental implants are not the right replacement option for your smile, we do offer other replacement options like dentures and bridges to help restore your smile.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  • Durable and long lasting
  • Provide a long-lasting foundation for dental bridges, dentures, and dental crowns
  • Cost effective
  • Natural looking solution
  • High success rate
  • Doesn’t require daily maintenance
  • Patients can eat, chew, and drink without fear of slippage
  • Prevents further jaw bone loss

What happens during the dental implant process?

The dental implant process will require multiple visits to our Annapolis dental office. Dr. Sheen will coordinate the initial surgical phase with a local oral surgeon. During the healing process, patients may need to visit our Annapolis dental office to ensure proper healing. It will take approximately 3-6 months for the dental implants to fuse with the jaw bone. After the dental implants integrate into the jawbone, Dr. Sheen will attach a dental bridge, denture, or dental crown as your final restoration. Patients can maintain their new dental implant with excellent oral hygiene and routine dental care visits to our Annapolis dental office.

How do I schedule an appointment with Dr. Vernon Sheen?

Dr. Sheen has over 20 years of experience improving patient’s smiles. He will work with you to address your dental concerns and provide a treatment that is right for you. If you have questions about your replacement options for your missing teeth, you can visit The Annapolis Center For Dental Health & Wellness. Patients can schedule an appointment online today.