If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental implant may be used to restore your smile.
Patients with missing teeth often worry that their tooth replacement won’t appear natural or allow them to eat, speak, or function properly. Due to advancement is tooth replacement dentistry, dental implants offer natural-looking, long-lasting solutions for patients missing one or more teeth.
Dr. Melissa Elliott offers a full range of tooth replacement option for patients who are missing teeth. Dr. Elliott can work with you to determine which tooth replacement fits your cosmetic and dental goals. In some cases, Dr. Elliott will work in conjunction with a local oral surgeon for the placement of dental implants. To learn more about dental implants or to determine if dental implants are right for you, visit Harford County Dentistry in Fallston, MD.
What Is A Dental Implant
A dental implant is comprised of three parts: the dental implant, the abutment, and the prosthetic (final restoration). A dental implant is a small titanium post that is designed to mimic the natural tooth root, which is used to support the natural teeth. In the case of dental implants, they are used to support a dental crown, denture, or dental bridge.
Your dentist will work with you to determine if dental implants are the right solution for you. Ideally, patients will need to have a healthy amount of bone structure to be candidates for the dental implant procedure.
The Dental Implant Process
Once it is determined that dental implants are the best solution for your specific need, the dental implant process can begin. To start, the dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. On average, dental implants may take anywhere from three to six months to complete a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration occurs when the dental implant fuses into the jaw bone, creating a stable foundation to support your final restoration.
Once the dental implant heals, the abutment is attached to the dental implant. The abutment acts as a connector between the dental implants and your prosthetic.
After the abutment is placed, your dentist will attach either a dental crown, denture, or dental bridge as your final restoration.
- Implant secured dental crown can be used to replace a single missing tooth.
- Implant secured denture can be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth.
- Implant secured dental bridge can be used to replace several missing teeth.
Replace Missing Teeth in Fallston, MD
If you are missing teeth, visit Harford County Dentistry. Dr. Elliott can work with you to find the right tooth replacement solution for your needs. If you would like to explore your options, you can visit our Fallston, MD dental office. If you need to schedule an appointment, call (410) 994-2627 or schedule an appointment online.