Dental Implants – Owings Mills, MD
Revolutionary & Long-Lasting Tooth Replacement
Are you suffering from the consequences of tooth loss? It may be surprising to hear, but so are millions of other Americans, so you are far from alone. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should settle for a tooth replacement option that doesn’t fit your needs. With Dr. Mattson’s expertise and care, you can get dental implants in Owings Mills that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Contact her office today and experience the real difference of this revolutionary solution to tooth loss!
Why Choose Diamond Dental of Owings Mills for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants Placed & Restored In-House
- Cutting-Edge Dental Technology
- Late & Weekend Appointments Available
What Are Dental Implants?
No other tooth replacement options address the issues of tooth loss quite like dental implants. The device consists of three parts – a titanium post that acts as the prosthetic root, the crown that attaches to the post and becomes part of your smile, and an abutment, which acts as a connector for the two components. By replacing the root, you restore the functions that were lost after your tooth was extracted. Essentially, dental implants trick your body into thinking that you never lost your teeth in the first place!
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Although the process of getting dental implants does take a significant time commitment, the results are worth it! With the right care and maintenance, your new teeth should be able to last for several decades, possibly even for the rest of your life. The dental implant process can look slightly different for each patient, but here are the four basic steps:
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
The first step of your dental implant treatment is the consultation with Dr. Mattson. Not only do you get a chance to set expectations for treatment and discuss your goals for tooth replacement, but it gives our team a chance to confirm your eligibility for treatment in the first place. The last thing we want is for a dental implant to fail, and making sure that your bone tissue is sufficient and that your oral health is in good condition are both crucial steps to achieving successful implantation.
If we believe that you need preparatory treatments prior to receiving dental implants, such as bone grafts, periodontal therapy, or sinus lifts, we’ll make sure to let you know prior to scheduling your implant surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
On the day of your implant surgery, we’ll have a highly detailed plan of where your implants will be placed and the angles at which we’ll be placing them. This will allow us to be as efficient as possible with your existing bone tissue. It will also prevent us from accidentally placing the implants in areas that could damage the nerves or other sensitive oral structures.
After opening your gum tissue and placing the implant, we’ll seal the gum tissue and give it time for it to integrate. This process can take anywhere from four to six months. During this time, you’ll be given a temporary restoration to hide the implant while it heals.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
One of the main reasons why dental implants are so effective at remaining in the jaw for so long is because of the osseointegration process. The implant posts are titanium, which also means they are biocompatible with your existing bone and gum tissue. Biocompatible materials are necessary to avoid the risk of the body rejecting the implant, while also allowing the post to become one with your bone tissue.
In some cases, the abutment may be placed at the same time as the implant. However, other cases involve placing the abutment after the implant has fully integrated. This connector is designed to keep the restoration stable and even within your bite. After the abutment is placed, we will allow another two weeks of healing to take place.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
After all necessary oral structures have healed, we will take an impression of your jaw with the abutment attached. This will allow us to create a dental crown, bridge, or denture that securely fastens to the implant. We use all-ceramic materials to create restorations, as this will make your smile look as natural as possible. Porcelain is not only durable, but more stain-resistant than natural tooth enamel and incapable of developing decay. However, you’ll still need to practice daily oral care and visit our office once every six months for exams and cleanings.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth, they prevent jawbone deterioration, which leads to a weaker biting force, changes in your facial shape, and premature signs of aging. Thanks to reestablished blood flow and bone stimulation via dental implants, you can prevent sagging and hollowing of the cheeks, improve your biting force for easier chewing, and maintain the most natural-looking smile possible. These benefits cannot be said for dentures or bridges.
With that said, dental implants are also considered to be the most durable and long-lasting solution for tooth loss. With a success rate as high as 98 percent over a 10-year period and an average lifespan of 25 years to a lifetime, there’s plenty to be excited about with dental implants!
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Another notable benefit is the versatility that dental implants offer. Patients with varying levels of tooth loss can take advantage of their restorative properties. Consider your options below prior to your next visit!
Missing One Tooth
A single implant along with a porcelain crown can effectively replace a single missing tooth. Dentists typically use porcelain to create the crown, as it carries the most aesthetically pleasing properties of tooth enamel.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you need to replace multiple consecutive teeth, you’ll be happy to learn that dental bridges can be designed to work in tandem with dental implants. Additionally, implant-supported bridges do not require removal of existing tooth structure to place because two implants can easily hold your three- to four-crown bridge.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re currently wearing a denture or need to replace a full arch of teeth, you may be eligible for an implant denture. By placing a handful of implants throughout the jaw, Dr. Mattson can restore either your top or bottom arch with a full row of porcelain teeth. Overall, patients can expect a more stable fit and more natural-looking denture when fitted with dental implants.Learn More About Implant Dentures
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Keep in mind that dental implants are an incredibly customizable treatment, which means your cost can vary dramatically from another patient’s. For example, placing more implants and using a more complex restoration to replace teeth will always cost more time and require more planning, increasing the overall price.
However, that doesn’t take away the value that dental implants can provide. Since dental implants are the longest-lasting solution for tooth loss and offer the most restorative benefits, they are still considered to be more cost-effective when compared to dentures and bridges. This is in large part due to their durability and longevity.