Dental ImplantsAnnapolis, MD

Dentists consider dental implants the best solution to replace missing or severely damaged teeth. Implants secure restorations at the jawbone, allowing them to function and look similar to natural teeth. Dr. Vernon Sheen is an expert dentist who offers dental implants at his Annapolis, MD, dental office. 

Dental implants are the only permanent solution for tooth loss that mimics natural teeth. Additionally, they are natural-looking and will almost fully restore form and function to your smile. They are now the treatment of choice for patients who want to eat, laugh, and smile with no issues or restrictions. Traditional dentures and dental bridges do not offer the same quality and durability.

Dental Implants in Annapolis, MD

Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dr. Sheen will evaluate your overall dental health and discuss your concerns before beginning the implant process. Additionally, he will ensure dental implants in his Annapolis, MD office support your goals and determine if you are a candidate.

To qualify for teeth implants, you must be in good health, have solid bone density in the jaw, and be free from additional oral health issues. If you do not have enough bone density, bone grafting is available. Bone grafting restores density in the jawbone to support a future restoration. 

If you qualify for dental implants, we will discuss the cost of your implant treatment. Our helpful office staff can address any additional information about dental insurance, financing options, and payment schedules.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Implants offer many benefits over traditionally secured restorations. Dental implants:

  • Ensure fear of slippage
  • Do not require additional daily maintenance
  • Help retain a stable bite
  • Prevent bone recession
  • Natural look and function
  • Offer a 98% success rate among current patients

Compared to removable dentures and traditional bridges, implants last longer. This is because implants replace teeth at the root. Securely replacing one or more missing teeth improves bite function, speech, and eating. 

The Parts of a Dental Implant

Dental implants involve multiple components to secure a permanent restoration. They are comprised of three parts. The three main parts of a dental implant include:

  • Implant post: We place this biocompatible titanium post in the jaw bone. It creates a permanent and secure bond once it fuses with the jaw bone. 
  • Abutment: This piece connects to the implant after it has fully healed. It secures the dental crown, dental bridge, or denture. This is the piece between the implant post and the restoration that permanently seals them together. 
  • Prosthetic tooth or teeth: This restoration will vary depending on the number of missing teeth you have. It can be a dental crown for a single missing tooth or a dental bridge or denture for multiple missing teeth. The prosthetic attaches to the abutment. We color-match all restorations to the exact color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. This ensures it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. 

The Dental Implant Procedure in Annapolis, MD

The implant process involves several steps. Treatment planning is the first and most essential step. Since no two patients are alike, each patient will have a personalized plan based on their circumstances.

Dr. Sheen will examine your oral health to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. You must be healthy, free of dental health issues, and have enough bone density to support the implant fixtures.

You may need an extraction, gum disease treatment, or a bone graft before we begin the implant process. These treatments create a stable foundation for the implants to heal properly.

Dr. Sheen will coordinate with a local oral surgeon for the implant placement. Once the implants are in place, they will require at least three to six months of healing. During this time, the implant fixtures will integrate with the surrounding bone. This process is called osseointegration. This creates a sturdy base for the dental prosthesis.

The next step is to attach an abutment, a small piece that connects the implant to dental restoration. The soft tissue around the abutment will take another few weeks to heal.

A dental laboratory will fabricate your permanent restoration during this time. Depending on your needs, we may use a dental crown, bridge, or dentures. Once your abutment heals, we can attach your permanent restoration. You will leave our office with a new functioning and aesthetically pleasing smile.

You should brush and floss daily to care for your dental implants. Continue to visit our office for dental cleaning and exams every six months. Implant aftercare is crucial to the longevity and health of the restoration. 

Dental Implants FAQs

Do you have further questions about how dental implants can restore your smile? Continue reading to find answers to frequently asked questions about dental implants in our Annapolis, MD, office:

How long will the dental implants last?

Dental implants are made of titanium that will last a lifetime. However, you must take good care of your oral health and visit your local dentist’s office to ensure they last. On the other hand, our dentist will need to replace the dental prosthesis. They will begin to deteriorate due to normal wear and tear.

How painful is it to get dental implants?

Having a dentist place dental implants is not as painful as you think. Our dentist will provide general and local anesthetic for your comfort. They will make small incisions in the gums that may be sore for a few days while they heal. Overall, most patients find the discomfort very tolerable.

How long will the dental implant process take?

Treatment time will be different for each patient. It will take about four to eight months for most patients to complete. However, patients who need dental work completed before may have to wait up to a year. After an evaluation, your dentist will create a treatment plan, including how long your treatment will take.

Replace Missing Teeth

Get comfortable treatment with dental implants in our Annapolis, MD, dental office. Call (443) 482-5202 or schedule a dental appointment online. Please let us know if you have dental implants or restorative care questions. We’re here to help you find the proper treatment for your missing teeth.

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