Dental implants are a long-lasting solution that can restore the appearance and function of your smile. We take time and care to determine the best course of action, including the planning and restoration that goes along with implants in order to create the beautiful smile that fits you best.Am I a Good Candidate for Implants?
We offer quality dental implant restorations that can transform your bite and improve your smile. Whether you need a single implant or a full arch, we’re here to help you craft a beautiful new smile you can’t wait to show off.
Whether your smile is topped off with crowns, bridges, or dentures, dental implants set the stage for any number of restorations to create a natural-looking smile you can wear with pride. We’ll help you determine which restorations are right for you based on your specific dental needs and goals.
Aside from regular brushing and flossing, we recommend patients with dental implants come see us for routine maintenance check-ups; these preventative dental visits give us the chance to evaluate your implants and ensure they’re staying in tip-top shape.
Our Annapolis dentists recommend full arch dental implants for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth. For this process, we create fully custom dentures designed to complement the shape of your mouth and face. You’ll be completely involved in the process, down to choosing the color and shape of your new teeth.
Missing just one tooth? A single dental implant and restoration is usually the best solution to replace your missing tooth and restore your smile. With proper care, a quality implant restoration can last a lifetime.
Dental implants provide a permanent solution for missing teeth while also helping patients prevent bone loss or loss of function in their jaw over time. Some benefits of dental implants include:
Preserves your jaw function
Look and feels natural
The first step in the dental implant process is a consultation with one of our dentists, who will confirm whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants. We’ll ensure that your jaw bone is strong enough to maintain dental implants; if it is not, a bone graft or other options may be necessary first.
The dental implant process itself consists of a brief surgery where an incision into your jawbone is made. Your dentist replaces your tooth root or roots with metal, screw-like posts which are your dental implants. Patients can have either local anesthesia or IV sedation to keep them comfortable during this surgery.
Next up is the healing process, also called osseointegration. Osseointegration allows the implants to fuse with your jaw over the course of several months, helping to establish a permanent foundation for your restoration.
After your implants have fused with your jaw, final abutments are placed. The abutments connect your implants to your final restorations.
After osseointegration has taken place, you will come back to have your restoration or restorations placed to complete your beautiful, new smile.
In the few days after your dental implant surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals. Caring for your dental implants like you would your natural teeth is also crucial both after surgery and for the years to come—which includes proper brushing, flossing, and regular preventive dental visits.