Dental implants are becoming one of the more popular types of dental procedures for patients to receive in the Baltimore area. They offer a more comfortable, natural-feeling, and natural-looking solution to missing teeth than some other types of dental solutions. Partial plates must be removed and cleaned, food oftentimes becomes trapped underneath them, and they can even alter the taste of food. Bridges, dentures, and partials all require adjustment to speak properly and require more maintenance and repair than dental implants do.
Dental implants, however, are titanium studs that are inserted into the jaw bone. Then a cap, crown, or denture is placed atop the implant to portray the appearance that it is a natural tooth. No metal can be seen in the mouth with dental implants. Plus, dental implants feel like real teeth, and they function like real teeth as well.
The adherence of dental implants is one of the dental procedures that Dr. Ed Lazer offers at his dental office in Baltimore. Before someone can get dental implants, though, he or she must qualify as an ideal candidate for the procedure. Generally speaking, a good candidate for dental implants is in optimum health and possesses sufficient bone structure for a titanium stud to be implanted into the bone.
The entire procedure to receive dental implants generally takes between three and six months. Sedatives and anesthesia is administered to patients to alleviate any pain or discomfort during the implanting procedure, and many people even express that the pain of the procedure is no more than that of getting a tooth pulled. After the titanium studs are implanted, then a temporary cap, crown, or denture is placed over the implant for cosmetic purposes. It takes between three and six months for the studs to integrate completely into the bone and for the bone and gums to heal, during which time they are typically sore. After they are healed, the temporary caps, crowns, or dentures are replaced with permanent ones, and then patients are free to go about their daily activities as if the implants were their own natural teeth.