There are many options for tooth replacement if you’re missing teeth. Dentures, dental bridges, and more. How do you know which one is right for you? Dr. Suman Chibb of Owings Mills Dental Care, a dentist in Owings Mills, MD, recommends dental implants for tooth replacement. What is a dental implant and why is this method considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth?
What’s a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is made up of three different parts. First, the titanium post is the part that’s actually implanted into your jawbone. Titanium is biocompatible and it gradually fuses with your jawbone. Next, an abutment is placed on top of the post. This is what connects the final restoration.
Last is the final restoration. Depending on the number of missing teeth and their location in the mouth, it can be any number of things. These include a dental crown, denture, or dental bridge. All of them will be custom-made out of materials that are designed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the highest standard in tooth replacement. They’re the only method that replaces the tooth root. Losing the tooth root is what causes your jawbone to deteriorate and gives your face the appearance of sagging. The titanium post that’s placed in your jaw stimulates jawbone growth as it fuses. Unlike with dentures, you won’t have to have implants refitted or replaced down the line.
Because of the post actually fusing with the jawbone, dental implants provide more stability than other options. With traditional dentures, you only get about 30-40% of your bite function back. Dental implants allow you to have the full function back. You don’t have to worry about implants sliding around when you talk. You don’t have to limit your diet, either. Implants also don’t require a complicated maintenance routine.
Lastly, dental implants are the only option that really feels like natural teeth. With other tooth replacement options, you may have to relearn how to talk and eat. Some replacement options can feel bulky and are difficult to use. Dental implants have the same size and feel of your normal teeth. With the abutments attaching the restoration to the posts, they’re secure and streamlined.
The Dental Implants Process
The main downside to dental implants is that the process takes some time. But it’s worth it for the results. First, we coordinate with one of the best implant dentists in Maryland, Dr. Roham Rafat, to get the implants surgically placed in your jaw. Both oral and local sedation is used so that the process goes smoothly. After they’re implanted, it takes about 3-6 months for them to heal properly.
Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to ensure that the implants are healing properly. When they’re fully healed, the abutment and final restoration can be placed. Most commonly, it’ll be a dental crown. However, it can also be a dental bridge or denture depending on how many teeth you’re missing.
Dental Implants at Your Owings Mills, Maryland Dentist
Do you think dental implants are the right choice to replace your missing teeth? Call us today or schedule an appointment online.