Are you looking for a way to restore a missing tooth? As the premier tooth replacement method, dental implants allow you to maintain the aesthetics and functionality of a missing tooth. This is because dental implants involve a surgically implanted post that fuses to your jawbone and acts like your tooth’s roots. The post is usually made of titanium, which is the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and is well-suited to pairing with human bone. Once the post is healed, a dental crown is secured on top of an abutment to restore the aesthetics of your smile. As your trusted restorative dentist in Westminster, MD, Dr. Bowersox provides dental implants using computer-enhanced treatment planning. We have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality and location, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants.
Here are some commonly asked questions regarding our dental implant treatments:
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
A good candidate for dental implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health. Dental implants also require a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease. Additionally, it’s important to remember that dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Therefore, a good candidate for dental implants will maintain a good oral hygiene routine and continue to schedule preventative care appointments on a regular basis.
What is the post-treatment care for dental implants?
Because the dental implant process involves oral surgery, you will need to be patient through the healing process. However, once the dental implant process is complete, your implant should act exactly like your natural teeth in functionality. You can care for your dental implant as you would your natural tooth, with consistent brushing and flossing as well as regularly scheduled preventative care appointments.
Why are dental implants the premier tooth replacement method?
Patients enjoy dental implants because they require no dietary changes or additional oral hygiene steps. Implants not only look more natural but they also feel and act more like your natural teeth, with a stronger biting force. Compared to dental bridges, dental implants do not put additional strain on your surrounding healthy teeth.